Winter Survival Skills! With Kate Spade New York’s Deborah Lloyd

by Paige Reddinger

What’s new chez Kate Spade New York? Creative Director Deborah Lloyd fills us in.

What’s the inspiration this season?
Expect the unexpected. I was very inspired by the books of Roald Dahl growing up, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr. Fox, and they’re the basis of the show.

What color palette can we expect to see?
It’s grounded in black and cream, but there are bright reds, deeper burgundies, and all the shades of confectionery pink that you can imagine.

Is Brad Goreski styling the show?
Yes, he is. He’s a Kate Spade New York girl at heart, so we have an awful lot of fun. We laugh a lot. Spending a couple of days with Brad is one of my favorite things about my job. It’s like time off!

What’s the latest at Kate Spade New York?
We’re launching our third fragrance, Walk On Air. It’s really light and fresh and everyday. We’ve just shot our second of four Anna Kendrick films for our summer collection. The films are about Anna as the perfect “Miss Adventure”; we put her into vignettes with amusing little twists.

We hear you’re introducing cold-weather accessories.
We’re working with a licensee on our soft accessories, which is amazing because it means we can just do a beautiful collection that’s in every color way, and so on.

How are you surviving this dreadful winter?
Not very well! I have to say I’m dreaming of my next holiday. I was away in Antigua for New Year’s Eve. That seems like a million miles away now. I’ve made my husband book another holiday. We’re going to Turks and Caicos for a week in March. My husband told me to be careful what I wish for, because he’s found a place without telephone and Internet!

You love antiquing. What is your latest and greatest find?
I’m building a new house upstate, so I’m thinking big—things like vintage sofas that I’m reimagining in red velvet!

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