Tory Burch’s Tuesday morning show got the day starting off right. Her unapologetically up-beat collection, filled with vibrantly pattered printed pieces cut in flattering shapes, had an artistic and artisanal flair that was designed for broad appeal, rather than provocation.
That is not to say that Burch didn’t have a bit of audacity up her ladylike sleeve. One of her more novel ideas was to create a trompe l’oeil effect by pairing say a textured red and purple cotton knit sweater with a slim skirt. But instead of cotton, the skirt came crafted out of silk. The sweater’s unique pattern was simply printed on the glossy fabric to match the top perfectly.
Inspired by the artist Francoise Gilot, who also just happened to be Picasso’s muse and the mother of his children, Burch explored the time when Gilot and Picasso lived and painted in the sleepy city of Vallauris in the south of France.
The designer certainly injected a sense of arts and crafts and a laissez-faire attitude into her fringe edged crochet tops, smocking skirts and toile printed drawstring silk pants. And her sensible, lace -up flat shoes and ceramic jug bucket bags finished off the looks in a boho style that will make quite a few women want to give it all up and live the life of an artist.
Or, baring that, at the very least dress the part in the chicest way possible.