As most of you know, fashion designer Kate Spade passed away last week. I was so shocked to hear about her death; she always seemed so vibrant, classy and well-grounded. A friend of mine who was a HUGE fan of hers practically broke down in tears when I told her of the designer’s passing, and many other fashion folk I know are extremely saddened.
So as I was wandering in a department store yesterday, I saw one of her fragrances, and it reminded me that the Kate Spade name has graced a number of lovely fragrances over the years.
I was always partial to the original from 2003, with its pretty, gold-capped bottle and gardenia-honeysuckle-tuberose goodness. But it’s gotten as rare as hen’s teeth and when you do see it on eBay, it fetches what amounts to a car payment. But all her scents were lovely in their own way, never tacky or tasteless. And the same with her wonderful handbags. I’ve had a chocolate brown faux Persian lamb doctor’s bag of hers (as well as a black one in the same style) for many years now from my days as a fashion editor. And every fall/winter when I pull them out, I always get tons of compliments. Plus, they make fine pillows in an emergency. 🙂
Going back to my earliest memories of the brand/designer, I remember being thrilled to no end when a Kate Spade boutique opened in a high-end mall near me years ago. It was always an oasis of chic, classy and stylish fun in an extremely busy shopping area.
Anyhoo, my favorite scent of hers most recently is the original Walk on Air (a great scent; not to mention that I’m a sucker for bottles with blue juice). Other fragrances she’s done over the years include: In Full Bloom, Live Colorfully (multiple variations), Twirl, and Kate Spade Truly (multiple variations). And there may one or two that I’ve overlooked; Fragrantica lists 16 fragrances in its database.
What about you? Did you have a favorite Kate Spade scent? Or a favorite Kate Spade purse, accessory or clothing item?