September 10, 2007 New York
Burch has struck gold with a high-society formula that is surprisingly populist in its appeal, and she mined that vein diligently for Spring. "It's what I want to wear," is how she explained the American-in-Saint-Tropez grouping at her presentation at Christie's. The same could probably be said for the other two clusters of looks, one inspired by Palm Beach and the other by a lesser-known 1967 Audrey Hepburn film, Two for the Road.
For days at Pampelonne Beach, there was jaunty nautical fare, including a terrific boatneck sailor chemise with sequined stripes, and a chain-print maillot, evidence of her new emphasis on swim. The Hepburn movie inspired A-line dresses crusted with chunks of crystal. And for sunny southern Florida, it was linens with a gold trellis print and an easy palm-print gown with beaded straps. The quickly expanding company is placing more emphasis on accessories, and one of its two (yes, two) new Las Vegas boutiques is to be devoted entirely to them. Which of the runway's big straw bags, colorfully bold necklaces, gold cuffs, Grecian sandals, or spectator pumps will be pounced on next by the 8th Street copycats?