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Fashion Week Spotlight: Kate Spade

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Each day throughout Fashion Week we'll be spotlighting one brand or designer whose pieces make up the bulk of our own closets—and we're guessing yours, too. We'll let you know what to expect to see in stores next season and, of course, any other gossip we took away from the shows.

The thing that really works about Kate Spade is that it always feels cheery, even when it seems that Creative Director Deborah Lloyd isn't deliberately trying to be. Polka dots, kitschy-cute sayings, prints, and brights are just things that she loves, and when she puts them all together for a Kate Spade collection, you're left with the impression that you should love them too. Admittedly, not everything is 100% our style 100% of the time (more often than not you'll find us in black, not neon green), but that only means that the Kate Spade pieces we inevitably flock to become our closet-brighteners.

And the upcoming fall 2012 collection is full of them. This season, Deborah was inspired by the Cour d'Honneur at Paris' Palais Royal. The collection notes wear titled: "Toutes les filles sont folles," which translates to all the girls are mad. Deborah explains:

The collection saw large and small polka dots, and then even smaller polka dots on the model's nails, courtesy of Deborah Lippmann. We spotted bold reds and graphic black-and-white prints, yellows, mustards, and reds, shoes with glitter on them, trenches in bright colors, and a whole lot more. Our favorite look (on by far the cheeriest model) was a "Pardon My French" T-shirt paired with a feathery skirt. If it all felt really, really French, that's because it was all put together with help from Garance Doré, or as Deborah put it, "Garance has a slouchy-chic aesthetic that added a certain je ne sais quoi to this collection." Styling by Brad Goreski probably didn't hurt, either.

If you're ready to shop the Kate Spade spring collection, refresh yourself on it here, and then, head right on over to the Kate Spade website, which of course, is just as upbeat as the line itself.

· Kate Spade [Official Site]
· Kate Spade's Spring 2012 Collection: Preppy and Full of Prints [Racked]
· All Fashion Week Fall 2012 Coverage [Racked]