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What happened when playful New York label Kate Spade (known for its eye-popping colour palette) met über-chic illustrator and blogger Garance Doré? An utterly delectable capsule collection, channelling Garance’s signature spidery illustrations into a set of prints that are pure fashion Prozac.

Description: Garance Dore

Garance Dore

The range is yet another stylish coup for Garance, whose blog has shot her from unknown French artist to one of fashion’s front-row elite. She counts Karl Lagerfeld among her fans and her chic sketches mean she’s catnip for brands; when she designed a set of T-shirts for Gap, they sold out in hours.

Little wonder then, that when Kate Spade decided its a/w 2012 collection would have a French theme, Garance was its first call: “I’ve followed Garance’s blog for a long time and love her illustrations,” says creative director Deborah Lloyd. “She began by sketching scenes from a Parisian cocktail party, which we then worked into a print.”

Already a Kate Spade fan, Garance was chuffed to be asked. “It’s such a joyful brand,” she says in her thick French accent. “I wanted to do something that captured that sense of fun, but also told a story.” The finished ten-piece collection mixes the US designer’s bold and cheery aesthetic with a shot of Garance’s Left-Bank charm.

Description: New collection

New collection

Sketches of Parisian partygoers and Phrases in her swirly signature script — “Toutes les filles sont folie? (“All girls arc crazy”) — adorn pale yellow Fifties frocks, black silk shirts with scarlet Peter Pan collars and bow-trimmed box clutches. And a range inspired by Paris wouldn’t he complete without a classic belted trench.

“The pieces are all very flexible,” says Garance. “I’d wear my favourite, the printed skirt, with a white T-shirt to break up the cuteness and make it very French, though someone else might want to dress it up with a bustier.”

Description: “The pieces are all very flexible,” says Garance

“The pieces are all very flexible,” says Garance

Most of all, we love the collection for its sense of humour — as the witty musings and sketches on her blog prove, Garance has a knack for making fashion fun. “I’ve tried to stay true to my own vision in everything I do. I like that my illustrations allow people to sec the world through my eyes.”


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