February 08, 2006 New York
Her classics-with-a-twist aesthetic was to the fore in her fall collection, which was shown at a cocktail party/presentation in a raw space neighboring her offices. Part of Burch's magic is the way she has taken clothes with a very uptown edge and given them crossover appeal. The Madison Avenue venue may not have helped that message, but those who did make their way to 29th Street found the designer in fine form. The signature prints and bit of shine that her customers have come to love were there, and in just the right proportion. Burch's fall had an equestrian flairpants, including the jeans she is collaborating on with Habitual, were tucked into flat boots. And there were lots of great vests, especially a leather zip-front model smartened up with a bow-tied blouse with ruffles at the cuff. Dress options included printed silks and a jumper-style piece worn over a crisp white shirtvery chic and simple, very Tory Burch.