Kate Spade’s pattern of the month for May is Tahitian Florals, which means lots of red, fuschia, and purple, floral and safari prints and motifs (including a hilarious armadillo bag), and, for some reason or the other, a fair amount of colorblocking too. Here were some of my favorite items:
selita dress – $578
This red lace overlay dress is so pretty it hurts. It reminds me quite a bit of Anthropologie’s Compeer Dress from 2010, which I have and love, but even more feminine and delicate (and even recalls this beautiful Erdem dress from the Spring 2011 runway). Unfortunately, the price is so high that it also hurts, in a less good way. I feel like kate spade slowly having their prices creep up, just to test us, and I am not happy about it. Oh well, maybe on double sale?
zebra jillian dress – $438
Animal prints are a little outside my wheelhouse, but I do love the Jillian cut, and somehow this wild zebra-printed number (made entirely out of linen, for hot summer days) just speaks to me.
camel belt - $98
I’m always a sucker for kate spade’s novelty buckle belts, and this little camel would offset some of kate spade’s other animal print pieces very nicely.
gold coast jules – $178
I really like some of the deep purple quilted handbags on the site right now, but I already fulfilled my need for a purple bag when I scored one of my most longstanding wishlist items, the purple studded Valentino Maison, on eBay for a reasonable(ish) price last year (hooray!). But this pretty quilted wallet sure would make a nice matching accessory to go inside it…
reena sandals – $298
Uncharacteristically, I only liked a few clothing pieces from this month’s new arrivals, but I loved many of the shoes. These Reena sandals (which come in the above purple/red/nude combination, and also in black and white) caught my eye first since all the models showing off the new skirts and dresses this past month have been wearing them and they’ve added a bit of exciting oomph to every outfit. Both colors sold out quickly, but they’ve just been restocked, so grab a pair while you can!
kap heels – $328
I love a good cap-toe shoe! These are kate spade’s new version of last winter’s kap heels that came in white linen and black patent. I *adored* those shoes, and I anxiously waited for them to show up online, annnnytime, and they never did. They were only sold in stores, and sadly, stores only offer up to size 10, and I needed a 10.5, sigh. Fortunately, they’re back this year, in a slightly more wearable (or at least less stain-prone) black and gray printed leather version. No way I’m letting them get by me this time!
kimmy wedges – $298
Another lovely cap-toe option, these wedge heels, decked out in a lovely brown and black neutral color scheme.
fella sandals – $298
Lastly, these lovely blue floral sandals which I dug up in the site’s bridal section. Gorgeous. I can see why they were in the wedding section (what a perfect “something blue” for a bride!), but I think they would make a beautiful, bold accent with any outfit this spring and summer!
Hope everyone is having a lovely Memorial Day weekend!
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