Gustav Klimt painted some of the most rapturous works of the twentieth century. They inspired a collection from Tory Burch that was suffused with a gilded sense of romance. Art Nouveau florals, scarab prints, and dragonfly motifs stoked that fairy-tale flame. But as much as Burch may channel romanticism, she's a businesswoman at heart. Jewelry, accessories, and eyewear are rapidly becoming cornerstones of her empire, and the ornateness of her inspirations gave her ample excuse to pile them on. There were enough dragonflies alit on shoe heels and pendants for a proper swarm. And even where beetles and bugs weren't present bodily, they were suggested by the iridescent glimmer on everything from the polarized lenses of wing-shaped sunglasses to the Lurex threads running through knit skirts and dresses.
Burch's collections never stint on ornament, but this one felt busier than most. A series of strong, simple evening dresses in gazar, crepe, and georgette at the finale helped to clear the smoke and glitter a bit. And a compromise was struck between effort and ease by a series in navy and white velvet rose jacquards. Burch wore one herself to take her bow.
Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear
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