The deceased designer Kate Spade could have separated from her brand name more than a decade before dying, but that did not stop the brand from paying homage to its founder when presenting its first show of the New York Fashion Week since its tragic suicide . June.
The brand honored Spade, who died in June at the age of 55 after hanging with a handkerchief, leaving "In Loving Memory" cards. in the seats of each guest at his spring / summer 2019 show, which took place on Friday at the New York Public Library.
Each card carried the years of Spade's birth (1962) and death (2018) on one side, while the other presented the quote: "She left a little flash everywhere."
Tribute: The brand paid homage to the deceased designer, placing cards & # 39; In Loving Memory & # 39; in the seat of each guest, all of whom presented a touching quote about Spade, as well as the years of his birth and death.
Creative director Nicola Glass also highlighted the importance of the brand's roots and explained that Kate Spade's new collection was inspired by the original codes of the house, which have been refined and refined. evolved in unique ways & # 39 ;, describing the design process as a & # 39; journey that starts at the beginning to form new paths & # 39;
Tragedy: Spade died at the age of 55 after a battle with depression
"This collection has been given a lot of care, attention and love", she signed her message to the guests of the brand.
This season, the brand chose to move away from its traditional presentation format, choosing instead to share its new collection with fashion lovers on the track.
Several stars attended the event, including the actresses Priyanka Chopra, Kate Bosworth and Elizabeth Olsen, as well as the model Suki Waterhouse, who had a perfect view of the show from their privileged position in the front row.
Bright and colorful spring designs were showcased on the catwalk, with trimmed floral prints and funky geometric patterns that dominated the collection, which were marked with fun accessories, such as laser-cut beach bags, large sunglasses and colorful headphones.
The daring yellow dresses stood out among a palette of muted cakes, with materials ranging from flowing silks to stiffer cotton.
In another nod to Spade's enduring legacy, the program also presented updated versions of the portfolio & # 39; Sam & # 39; of the designer, one of the first designs he launched when the label was launched for the first time.
Spade officially parted company with her eponymous brand in 2007, when she and her husband Andy sold their remaining shares in the company, 44 percent, to focus on raising their daughter.
Glam: the spring / summer 19 collection of the brand was inspired by the "original codes of the house", according to the notes of the exhibition of the creative director Nicola Glass.
But the designer remained forever connected to the label she founded, which continued to use her name even after she moved to new companies.
When Spade was found dead in her Manhattan apartment on June 5, the brand launched a heartbreaking statement in honor of its "visionary founder."
"Our thoughts are with your family at this incredibly heartbreaking moment," the statement continued, which was shared on Twitter.
& # 39; We honor all the beauty that brought to this world & # 39;
The brand's latest show comes just a day after Frances Valentine, the brand of bags that Spade co-founded in 2016, launched its own tribute to the designer: the Kate bag, inspired by the first bag that Spade launched when he founded the label homonymous in 1993.
Spade's partner, Elyce Arons, appeared on Good Morning America on Thursday to share her grief over her friend's tragic death, revealing that she is still devastated by the loss, but determined to continue with the brand that Spade left behind.
Iconic: several models carried the updated version of the bag & # 39; Sam & # 39; (right), which was one of the first designs launched by Spade when he founded his label in 1993.
He added that although he knew about Spade's ongoing battle with depression, he could not have foreseen that the designer would even consider taking his own life.
"It was difficult because he did not always say it," he said of Spade's mental health battle. I'd be sad and then, a minute later, I'd make a joke.
"We talk every day and most of the time she was very happy, but I do not know if anyone can understand the depths of another person's depression.
I've thought, thought and thought [why she did it]… but I think it was probably a moment of despair and deep sadness when she was alone.
Promising to continue with Frances Valentine, the brand they launched in 2016, Arons said he had received a boost in encouragement from the outpouring of love that Spade's family received after his death.
"We miss her every day, her spirit is here, we've had a lot of people, a lot of people, they write and they talk about how she changed their lives and [saying] "Please follow and keep your designs alive."
"That's what we're going to do," he said.