iris, oh my!

the grand dame of fashion, iris apfel, graces our office for a day
May 24, 2012  |   column: DELIBERATE POLISH

last thursday was a dream-come-true day here at kate spade new york, when living legend and style icon iris apfel swung by—along with a few dozen fashion and merchandizing majors from the university of texas in tow. get all the glamorous details below.

in addition to being an acclaimed accessories designer and modern muse, the legendary mrs. apfel spends two weeks every spring guiding budding fashion students on special tour of new york city, teaching them the a-to-z of the business—and this year we were lucky enough to be on the agenda.

everyone enjoyed a special welcome from kate spade new york creative director deborah lloyd.

two experts at living colorfully—iris and deborah—strike a pose. iris’s antler necklace and trademark “o” shades had us all swooning.

our guests were treated to brief presentations by teams from graphic and web design, visual, merchandizing, product design and pr departments about how they got started, what they do, and why they love it.

our merchandizing masters amanda and bridget shared a fall 2012 car clutch that elicited lots of oohs and aaahs.

our visual whizzes cameron and ashley elicited plenty of giggles with their prop-filled presentation, including a giant paisley paper camel and majorette hats from our soon-to-be-unveiled july windows.

another crowd pleaser was the brilliant mood boards shared by our web and print design stars dana and natalie. dana admitted to pilfering one of her props—a bottle of champagne—for some off-the-clock imbibing, to which iris cheered, “good girl!”

everyone posed for a properly playful kate spade new york portrait—a perfect ending to a memorable day. thanks to all our guests and the inimitable mrs. apfel: we hope to see you again next year!

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