Kate Spade Sent Belly Dancers Down The Runway

Kate Spade New York’s spring ’17 collection was quite a treat — literally.

The whimsical womenswear line on Friday afternoon presented an edited spring collection at New York Fashion Week, and it was all about food and performance as much as it was about the sweet fashions.

Spade designer and president Deborah Lloyd found her spring inspiration in a romantic Morocco — and boy, were guests taken there. Just a few looks in, waiters dressed head to toe in white uniforms marched out to serve guests tea mid-show. While some of the servers didn’t quite succeed stifling their giggles, it was a reminder that Spade always has a way of having fun with fashion. Tea onlookers viewed a few more looks before waiters returned to offer up Moroccan sweet treats and mini black-and-white cookies (because, after all, this is New York).

If the fashion wasn’t enough to keep you interested, the brand also threw in a few belly dancers, who took to the runway mid-show in light-pink looks to mingle with guests.

While the performers retreated, models returned to the carpeted runway on the Nomad Hotel rooftop showing off brightly colored block heel sandals in “peacock blue” and “dusky roses” (according to the spring inspiration cards). The collection also featured numerous pointed-toe, flat mules, which were adorned with colorful flowers, tassels and, in some cases, were woven on the upper. Spade also included the brand’s signature wicker bags shaped like a camel (not surprisingly, the camel was a featured print for the season, too) alongside mid-length dresses and breezy summer sweaters and blouses.

In the past few seasons, the label has hosted its shows as standard presentations for buyers and editors to get up close to the collection, so this was quite a departure.

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