Fashion show settings can range from the mundane (rows of seats and a while runway) to the sublime (anything Chanel’s done in the past five years), and Kate Spade always prefers to be on the latter end of the spectrum. For the Kate Spade Spring 2014 collection, Kate Spade created an indoor garden party, the white pebbled entrance of which recalled Chanel’s spectacular Spring 2011 runway show, also set in a garden created indoors.

Kate Spade and Chanel are very different brands that do things on very different scales, of course, but Spade’s lush faux greenery formed a perfect backdrop for clothes that were just about as “spring” as it gets – lemon-dotted separates, full-skirted frocks in checks and wide stripes, trim bags in light colors and pointed-toe pumps in everything from patent pastels to bright holographic finishes. Kate Spade’s look is very, very specific, and by now we all know it well, but few brands do a better job of harnessing their aesthetics than Spade.

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