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Kate Spade, a spring collection fit for Emma Stone

A fun Kate Spade purse at the designer's

A fun Kate Spade purse at the designer's show at New York Fashion Week. (Sept. 6, 2013) Credit: Newsday / Nina Ruggerio

When life gives Kate Spade's Deborah Lloyd lemons, she makes a fresh spring collection and throws a glam garden party at New York Fashion Week.

Her fall collection had a very New York, Studio 54 vibe, but for spring Lloyd wanted to send her customers off to some of her favorite European destinations.

Among them: The gardens of Giverny, for which she created ladylike dresses in red, black and white; the hillsides of Capri, the aforementioned lemons on clutches, sweaters and skirts; and Monaco,  which inspired  a checked "race car" clutch.

"It's very powerful, very fun," Lloyd said of the collection. "I'm loving the bright colors and the messed up, hand painted florals."

The handbags were kept simple and elegant with classic Kate bow accents, and the shoes ranged from holographic heels and pointy-toed flats to perforated sneakers.

But Lloyd says spring is all about the skirts (particularly in full, feminine shapes) -- and finding new ways to wear them.

"I love skirts with T-shirts," she said. "I think that's a really cool mix. It dresses it down a little bit and makes a new silhouette."

Lloyd added that she could picture actress Emma Stone wearing the collection--we're hoping Emma gives it a whirl.


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