June 15, 2009 New York
Inspiration is a funny thing. Iris Apfel was top of Tory Burch's mind when designing her "global traveler" collection, but the designer admits the clothes look nothing like the white-haired icon's wardrobe (nor were they really intended to). Rather it was the idea of Apfel—"she's divine, so unique" Burch says—that led things forward. Rare birds like Apfel are sure to appreciate the white tweed suit with appliquéd chiffon details, but the main story here was Burch's take on khaki, suede, and leather. Worked into daywear pieces like a laced safari top, paper bag-waisted shorts, and a bow-trimmed miniskirt, they looked cool instead of trad and exuded the "laid-back ease" the designer was after.
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