I had the opportunity to attend the Tory Burch F/W 2011 presentation at Lincoln Center on Sunday Feb 13th, which was beyond amazing. When I was offered the passes, I was more excited about the opportunity to people watch than I was about the actual fashion. I’m usually not a Tory fan because I think her collections lack creativity and I figured style.com would be a pretty good resource if I wanted to critique the clothes eventually. Well the joke was on me because not only did I fall in love with the collection, my camera died when the first 10 or so models got out on the runway.
For one, she presented her collection a bit differently than the other shows I attended that weekend. She did a presentation, which meant the limited seats were on a first come first serve basis, which made it a madhouse. I was escorted in a bit late so I had to stand, which made it so hard to see because of the “fashionistas” with their 10 inch heels in front of me.
Back to the collection— she used a neutral color palette (see poor quality picture above). Understandable because it was for fall or winter-wear, but she made it more playful, comfy, yet modern & fashionable. I left thinking that it was a crossbreed between Chanel & Burberry, hence the title. The overwhelming colors were navy blue, red, tan/cream, and pale orange, reminiscent of the Burberry check pattern. The textures were tweed, wool (hello, Chanel), silk (just for the blouses & some jumpsuits), and what looked like cashmere. I wanted every look that came down the runway. She created her own plaid and reintroduced the palazzo pants. It had an urban meets country feeling. She described it as “English country dressing translated through American Sportswear.” I would pretty much characterize it as “New York Upper East Side ladies who lunch, go to the English countryside and spruce it up.”
I have a newfound love for Tory Burch and I can’t wait for this collection to hit the stores. Word on the street is that it will be the first collection to grace the racks of her new flagship store opening on Maddison Avenue in New York City in August. I can’t wait! I will have a stable job by then so maybe I’ll reward myself with this coat?
Or this jacket?
Or this knee-length fur lovely?
What are your thoughts on this collection? I’m loving it.