May 28, 2013 New York
Have culture, will travel. There's the tagline for any Tory Burch collection you might want to name. Manet and Morocco were the organizing principles of Burch's new range for Resort. A trip to North Africa—and some hats purchased at a market there—gave the designer the inspiration for the ethnic prints and embellishments, while the soft, gouache colors of the Impressionists gave a more muted tone to the whole. Those colors and a higher-flying hemline lent the collection more of a feminine slant than usual. "I'm loving the femininity," Burch said, grazing over florals, bird prints, and a number of tunic-and-short-short matched ensembles she declared "fresh." It wasn't a night-and-day departure from business as usual, but a welcome venture in a new direction. So, too, was the new technique of printing on leather, for a stripey effect.
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