Kate Spade’s Springy Styles & “Preppy 70’s Knits”

Hello-Hello, welcome to a Thursday here at the Prepatorium.

Regular readers may remember that we have been loathe to examine next spring’s styles too closely, choosing to hold that topic in abeyance until we had at least seen leaves on trees turning color and the arrival of nippier temps. Those two events have now occurred here in The Great Midwest. (Sniff.) Therefore we can comfortably share some of the styles shown at Kate Spade’s presentation earlier this week.

Kate Spade

In fact, we’ll even make the picture up above today’s Pretty in Pink.  A snippet from the Women’s Wear Daily review:

“Standout accessories included the fluorescent orange patent pieces that popped against the black-and-white graphic prints.”

Thomas Iannaccone

More thoughts on the presentation from The Glitter Guide:

A whimsical spin on preppy classics, Kate Spade’s Spring 2012 collection is a vibrant array of embellished cardigans, brilliant prints and polka dots, killer jewelry, and bows aplenty.

The Glitter Guide

Polka Dots remain a popular theme for the company.

Kate Spade/Inslee by Design/The Glitter Guide

More from the WWD review:

…there was a nautical theme — stripes, sea flag prints, an ocean liner-shaped clutch — and a garden party-friendly group of sundresses ideal, Lloyd said, for the finishing school grad/hostess type who doesn’t take herself too seriously.

Thomas Iannaccone/Women's Wear Daily

As always, there are loads of looks we find appealing, color combinations that pop, pieces with a touch of fun, frivolity.

The Glitter Guide/Thomas Iannaccone-WWD

Hopefully we’ll be able to see some tighter shots of the accessories and jewelry, they do look fun.  One last spring 2012 photo we can’t seem to leave out of the post, two pair of shoes from Brian Atwood, both in that hot pink and orange color combo that has become so popular.

Brian Atwood Courtesy Photos via wwd


Also today, two quick tidbits, the first is a look at varying visions of ‘preppy styles’ as seen by our friends from the far side of the pond. The first styles are from a spread in the Daily Mail suggesting that readers “Take a leaf out of the Seventies with preppy knits, fedoras, and midi-skirts“.

The Daily Mail

Two more looks from the pictorial.

If interested in seeing the entire piece, click here.  Another piece from the UK comes via The Telegraph, this one “Too Cool for School: preppy fashion”.

Chad Pickard & Paul McLean/The Telegraph

This is also a photo piece showing “The best preppy college wear, in sturdy fabrics and autumn hues.”

Chad Pickard & Paul McLean/The Telegraph

Autumnal hues? Yes, some very pretty colors, especially the rich aubergine shirt. Too cool for school? No.


We leave you with something ideal for our Help Me Understand category, also perfect for the It’s Just Not Done category as well.  Behold the $3100 party frock for little girls, soon to be sold at Harrods.

I Pinco Pallino via Vogue UK

The dress is from upscale Italian childrenswear label I Pinco Pallino, evidently made even more special because it is covered with Swarovski crystals.  While we do hate to be the bearers of bad news, if you’ve ever pondered the potential answer to that burning question, “Is there anything too good for my little princess?” we have an answer: “As a matter of fact, yes.”

On that silly note, goodbye until next time!


Filed under Help Me Understand, It's Just Not Done, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, Pretty in Pink

11 responses to “Kate Spade’s Springy Styles & “Preppy 70’s Knits”

  1. MCW

    Wow…the blue flowered number with matching hat is a little much! I do love the bright colors!

  2. I think Kate has done very well by the classic crowd…

  3. 3100 … hmmmm.

    no comment, no words,

    Kate Spade is incredibly smart and has come so far from a handful of bags.

  4. Kate’s pieces are sort of hit and miss for me. I like the cool greens and blues, the pinks and oranges are just a little bright for me.
    In fact, I prefer the earth tones of the preppy 1970s clothes.

  5. As a matter of fact, YES. Goodness.

    On a more sane note, I really, really like what Kate Spade has been putting out lately. The prices are usually a tad more than what I’d expect, but if I can find a sale on some of these…

  6. I love your blog and love the preppy look

  7. Some charming offerings from Kate Spade and perfect choice for the Help me Understand – I need help as well.

  8. Nice stylish womens collection

  9. My fashion taste is soooo predominately preppy. Loved all the grown up clothes. The party dress is a sin!
    Bon weekend!

  10. I love the color scheme of Kate Spade’s spring collection- I’m a big fan of white + 1 color combinations! I think it has to do with my obsession with toile and blue china…

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