Runway review: Tory Burch

According to Tory Burch’s show notes, the starting point for her autumn winter collection is 'the idea of a girl who’s under the spell of the wrong kind of guy. She’s an innocent, unaware of her own sex appeal.'

The clothes, fittingly enough, like the bejewelled loose chignons the models wore, were what one would expect: sweet and pretty, crafted from light and delicate fabrics like tulle, lace and organza. In what was easily her most beautiful collection to date, Burch didn’t shy away from embellishments; they were applied beautifully on cardigans, jackets (made from tulle rose appliqués) and evening dresses that might garner Burch a red carpet credit or three.

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Set against a backdrop at Lincoln Centre that was made over to resemble perhaps the Pierre or Waldorf Astoria, thanks to a floral wallpaper backdrop and custom catwalk rug in pale green and white with a geometric pattern, the ambience set the mood for the tale the clothes told. 'The setting? The hotel where they meet,' referenced the notes.

But back to the fabulous clothes. One-part seductive, two-parts classic, a pearl-trimmed cardigan buttoned up the neck was perfection with or without the snakeskin bag trimmed with tortoise shell the model carried. Basics in Burch’s world, including knit cardigans with just a hint of sheen, leather looks hand-painted with an abstract plaid pattern and a series of sequinned blue Prince of Wales check pieces (breathtaking given this is a contemporary line at the end of the day) really stole the show. Upping the ante, Burch also sent out a handful of evening looks that banked on intriguing fabric treatments, with a sublime green dress of tulle trimmed with a single velvet band at the waist... a true knockout.

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