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Friday, February 8th 2013

Chatting with Kate Dimmock, People Style Watch Fashion Director


It’s day two of New York Fashion Week, and like all of fashion’s finest, People Style Watch Fashion Director Kate Dimmock is in the thick of things. But we still managed to steal a few moments of this 20-year industry veteran’s time to talk all things style. (Check out Kate’s Spring Style Watch edit of wardrobe updates, just launched on Shopbop.)

SHOPBOP: How would you describe your personal style?
KATE DIMMOCK: I would say classic with a sexy twist. But really, I’m a chameleon. I enjoy trying different trends, and I don’t believe in getting too locked in.

SB: The assortment you selected for Shopbop is all about updating your wardrobe. How do you go about editing your closet at the start of a new season?
KD: I’m a true believer in having solid staples, then adding few “outfit makers” per season. The right shoe and a standout necklace can make my most basic black pants and grey tee look fresh.

SB: What are some of the spring trends you’re most excited to try?
KD: I love the idea of silver replacing gold as the go-to metallic. And I’m excited about bags this season. The last couple of seasons were all about your shoe making your outfit, but the statement bag is coming on strong. And all the ethnic embellishment and detail on clothes—there are so many truly special pieces!

SB: What are your perennial spring wardrobe essentials?
KD: Color! After a winter of black shoes and boots, I love busting out a brilliant-hued pump. It just makes everything you wear more cheerful. I’m also a total dress girl, so I’m already on a mad search for a mixed-print sheath.

SB: If you have to pick a splurge item and a save item for spring, what would they be?
KD: I’m willing to spend a little more on shoes. When you think about cost-per-wear, it makes sense—the right shoe can work with so many outfits. As for the save part, jewelry is a fun place to play. You can customize your look without spending a lot.


It’s day two of New York Fashion Week, and like all of fashion’s finest, People Style Watch Fashion Director Kate Dimmock is in the thick of things. But we still managed to steal a few moments of this 20-year industry veteran’s time to talk all things style. (Check out Kate’s Spring Style Watch edit of wardrobe updates, just launched on Shopbop.)

SHOPBOP: How would you describe your personal style?
KATE DIMMOCK: I would say classic with a sexy twist. But really, I’m a chameleon. I enjoy trying different trends, and I don’t believe in getting too locked in.

SB: The assortment you selected for Shopbop is all about updating your wardrobe. How do you go about editing your closet at the start of a new season?
KD: I’m a true believer in having solid staples, then adding few “outfit makers” per season. The right shoe and a standout necklace can make my most basic black pants and grey tee look fresh.

SB: What are some of the spring trends you’re most excited to try?
KD: I love the idea of silver replacing gold as the go-to metallic. And I’m excited about bags this season. The last couple of seasons were all about your shoe making your outfit, but the statement bag is coming on strong. And all the ethnic embellishment and detail on clothes—there are so many truly special pieces!

SB: What are your perennial spring wardrobe essentials?
KD: Color! After a winter of black shoes and boots, I love busting out a brilliant-hued pump. It just makes everything you wear more cheerful. I’m also a total dress girl, so I’m already on a mad search for a mixed-print sheath.

SB: If you have to pick a splurge item and a save item for spring, what would they be?
KD: I’m willing to spend a little more on shoes. When you think about cost-per-wear, it makes sense—the right shoe can work with so many outfits. As for the save part, jewelry is a fun place to play. You can customize your look without spending a lot.

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