It’s officially March, which means you can start properly shopping for your spring wardrobe now. You might have been tempted to start in February with some of the gorgeous spring collections that were launching, and if you did, that is okay. Either way, the next brand you should check out for your new spring pieces is Frances Valentine.
You probably remember hearing about Frances Valentine about a month ago when it made headlines that designer Kate Spade was changing her name to Kate Valentine to go along with the brand (the brand name Frances Valentine is actually a combination of two family names). Kate has not been involved with the Kate Spade label since 2007. Frances Valentine is her highly anticipated new accessories collection with her husband Andy Spade, former Kate co-founder Elyce Arons, and former Kate Spade Design Director Paola Venturi.
The Frances Valentine website recently launched with the Spring 2016 collection, and if you were a fan of Kate Spade when Kate and Andy were still at the helm, you will love Frances Valentine. It’s fun, it’s bright, it’s cheerful, and it is perfect for spring. The introduction on the website states,
“It turns out that there are still colors that clamor to be realized. There are patterns that riot our minds to be invented. There is fairness of form, and perfection in proportion to chase.”
Based on the Spring 2016 collection, it looks like Frances Valentine is doing just that. The line is comprised of shoes and bags, all of which are designed in New York and made in Italy and Spain. The shoes run the gamut from flats to heels to wedges. There is a rainbow of different colors including yellow, pink, and very versatile black options. Metallics, florals, and raffia also feature. There are also some fun accents including tassels, fuzzy pom-poms, and jewels.
The bags are just as versatile with small, medium and large options, and a mix of everything from totes to clutches. There are clear bags, wicker ones that would be adorable at a summer picnic and ones with a large “FV” logo.
Take a look at some of the pieces from France Valentine’s collection:
Get a load of those heels. This is your proof that heels don’t have to be six inches high to make a statement.
This wicker bag doesn’t look like something you would only take to the beach. It’s chic and cute, and just think about how nice it would look with a floral dress.
From work to weddings, these floral shoes will have you covered all spring and summer. The silver hardware features a subtle Frances Valentine logo.
This is the tote shape that you are going to be associating Frances Valentine with. It is available in this logo version, as well as in a floral print, clear, or metallic.
The Frances Valentine Spring 2016 collection is available online and in stores including select Bloomingdale’s and Walin & Wolff. The prices range from $275 to $595 for the shoes and from $275 to $575, with lots of options for both in the $300 to $475 range. Plan your spring wardrobe budget accordingly.
Check out the Frances Valentine website to see the full Spring 2016 collection!
(Photos: Frances Valentine)