One of the highlights of my NYFW adventure was getting to go backstage at the Kate Spade presentation.  Seeing the sartorial mayhem in action was quite the thrill. Thankfully, I took along a top notch photographer to capture it all and I’m so excited to share the experience with you today!

The Kate Spade S/S 2013 collection put a more fashion forward, rockabilly twist on the line’s classically girly aesthetic. I have to say, I loved the bit of edge.

It was particularly fascinating to learn about the inspiration for the looks from the make-up and hair artists directly. Jouer national make-up stylist Neil Scibelli described his theme as 80’s chic with that rockabilly influencer (think early No Doubt).

The Jouer face focused on a clean and glowing base {I’m addicted to their luminizing tint!} and then a new mint-green/aqua-hued shadow to fill the lid, winging out the ends to provide extra drama.

Cheeks were emphasized with a pop of bubblegum pink blush and the lips were all a beautiful coral gloss topped with Jouer’s Essential Lip Enhancer for extra shine.

The hair was styled by Tommy Buckett for Garnier Fructis. He explained that since Kate Spade is the fun girl, he wanted the hair to match the bubbly collection. To achieve that feeling, he pulled it back into sleek ponies with a high-rolled bang up front. Definitely a high-styled look, but I appreciated it for the drama!

Besides getting to geek out over the getting ready stages of the show, it was also rather fun to do some celebrity sightings one the presentation began.

Brad Goreski was everywhere, filming his show it’s a Brad Brad World while styling up the girls. Yes, he is even more adorable in person. He showed me his custom made blue leather Louboutin loafers. Swoon.

Kate Spade Creative Director Deborah Lloyd was also making the rounds, greeting editors and famous friends including Lauren Conrad, who was looking lovely in the Garance Dore Rainey frock.

I also spied one of my favorite ladies and recent New York transplants, Matchbook Magazine founder Katie Armour, looking chic as ever.

But when it comes right down to it, the day was really all about the fashion. Everything from the shoes to the cheeky handbags to the exaggerated nails were all about making a serious statement.

Because that’s what personal style is really all about. Telling the world who you are and what you’re about, without saying a word.

Thankfully, you don’t have to wait until next spring to give a Kate Spade inspired look a try. I put together a Kate Spade look that would add a little girly flair to your fall wardrobe:

Get the Look: Inspired by Kate Spade


Here’s to being who we really want to be this week luvies!

photography by kelsey combe

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  1. Oh man, can Kate do no wrong? I think not. I love this look, so playful, yet so easy to translate into real life.

  2. I’m kind of losing my mind over this blog post. Not only do you have ALL of the show’s looks (I think), you also have the beauty inspiration!? Thanks for fueling the fire of an already Kate-obsessed gal (proof: If you look closely, you’ll see six different Kate items. It’s a problem.)

    You’re at LEAST my favorite person of the day.

  3. I love love love kate spade!!!! from purses to prescription glasses I have it! I want at least a dress! thanks a bunch love the post!!

  4. AMAZING! I love me some Kate Spade, throw in some Brad and LC and I’m in heaven.