They say you should write what you know – and perhaps it’s the same with fashion design. Tory Burch describes her fall collection as “inspired by the idea of a prim girl who’s under the spell of the wrong kind of guy. She’s an innocent, unaware of her own sex appeal…The looks are polished and proper, but with subversive undertones…”
She clearly can relate to this story and designing from the heart agrees with her, for Tory has hit a major home run with this collection. For me, this represents a big step up for the already successful designer. It’s as if she went from light romcom to Hitchcock, from ingenue to woman. Think Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief – the perfect package on the sleek surface with a taste for danger and excitement underneath.
Even the set has a pedigree. Tory used tony Gracie wallpaper as the background for her show, representing the hotel where her character and bad boy meet. Like the wallpaper she chose for her own home above, based on an antique version owned by Pauline de Rothschild, the backdrop sets the tone of privilege and breeding. Yet bored with her world of perfectly preened plumage, Tory’s girl adds a little spice to the mix, and the results are divine.
Doesn’t this remind you of something Catherine Deneuve might have worn to an “appointment” in Belle de Jour? Once you know the theme, every outfit seems to have a little secret. And Eugene Souleiman’s hair for the show follows suit “It’s when a good hair day goes bad. Pretty and chic, yet quirky. Upscale but undone. Not too perfect. There’s a poetry to the mess.”
This tulle top with organza appliqué and embroidered tweed skirt was a favorite.
The lamé coat introduced the season’s metallic gold theme to the collection
What a great combination – I love the knit sweater with floral applique paired with the patent skirt.
This outfit includes two major themes for fall – the ubiquitous peplum and leather.
In this ode to black and blue, the peplum is reduced to an asymmetrical flounce, which we saw at other shows as well.
And Tory’s use of tulle and appliqué in this collection are brilliant
Tulle again…And plan on getting yourself a pair of over-the-elbow gloves this fall – they are an accessory must
Another version of leather with this crinkled patent coat – red is another hot color for fall – almost all the collections featured at least one piece.
The finale of long dresses hit a whole new level of sophistication for Tory. How beautiful is this tulle and charmeuse embroidered dress encompassing two continuing trends – blue with black and the peplum. These are my own shots of the front and back of the gown.
The other two dresses were equally exquisite, ending the show on a high note of refined elegance.
In addition to the clothing, the bags were a huge hit.
And the best thing about Tory Burch, is that her designs don’t break the bank. Let’s hope that just because she has upped her game, the price points don’t go the next level as well!!