December 10, 2009 New York
Tory Burch has travel on the brain. No surprise, considering she's just back from Jay-Z's 40th birthday blowout in the Dominican Republic and headed to Tokyo this week to open a new boutique there. It's the designer's first international store and the leadoff for the brand's Asian expansion. Suitably, her pre-fall collection resembled the multipurpose wardrobe of a seasoned traveler. A metallic nylon anorak, chic fanny packs, and comfy knit leggings mingled with a lightweight gold sequin dress, a dip-dyed charmeuse blouse, and a tribal-inspired polka-dot skirt. Burch focused on mixing textures—a slouchy paillette sweatshirt went with khaki trousers—and kept it all focused by sticking to a mostly neutral palette inspired by Louise Nevelson's monochromatic sculptures. While we hear that her worldwide top sellers are still the Reva ballet flat and Tory logo tote, Burch has a knack for freshening up her well-priced take on all-American luxury, and that keeps fans clamoring for more from here to Japan.
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