Fashion Week's Best Runway Designs: Kate Spade f/w 16

by Lydia Marie Elizabeth

Okay folks, New York Fashion week is wrapping up today, and the world is a blaze with chatter of the hottest trends.   I have a little bit of career-envy for fashion illustrators at this point in the year.  But rather than sit on the side lines and think this industry is off limits to an Interior & Architectural Illustrator like myself, I decided to jump right in.  But instead of focusing on the airy chiffon and the elegant shirtdress cut and the argyle; I focused on the atmosphere and the runway designs.

While many fashion shows take place in large open spaces  where the show starts and lights dim and the music blares and out walk grumpy giraffe-humans to model the label’s most exquisite pieces; a  few fashion designers create elaborate experiences to showcase their collection.

Good runway design even make the models look happier. 

While there were many great runway designs, the four below stood out to me in particular.  And I will note, that while I think all of these brands showcase amazing fashion design, their collections had little to do with my selection of them for the best interior spaces. I think it’s also worth noting that the most successful fashion lines know their brand goes further than the last detail on a hem and reaches out to capture the consumer in the cohesiveness of their display.
Here is the first of four Runway Designs I will be showcasing from New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016.  They are all brilliant. 
Make sure to check back tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, and early Monday morning to see the complete list.

Kate Spade

Hailed for being playfully sophisticated and approaching the everyday with an incandescent charm, Kate Spade New York is for the girl who is both career and party girl alike.  Everywhere she goes she’s the life of the party and yet totally relatable.  (See Anna Kendrick personifying the brand here in her #missadverture series.)
This past fall at High Point Market, Kate Spade recently launched their very first Home Collection.
It’s brilliant. Just like the fashion label. It brings a colorful and more current approach to Mid- Century Modern.  We see exactly that in Kate’s NYFW FW16 collection.  The bountiful pink roses cascading from golden tulip vases evoke a kind of over-the-top luxury, and the paired down platforms display their collection with such a demure sophistication.  The whole setting was a perfectly crafted in order to showcase their exuberant Fall 2016 line. Congrats, Kate Spade NY, you nailed this.

See Kate Spade’s FW16 Collection Here.

What do you think of Kate's Runway Design? And did you have a favorite look? My favorites were the hot pink coats and the bright floral patterns with dark inky backgrounds.