Tory Burch RTW Fall 2011

The designer continued with last season’s spotlight on the Seventies, but took things for a new spin by crossing over to the U.K.



Tory Burch loves to get her groove on. The designer continued with last season’s Seventies spotlight, but took things for a new spin by crossing over to the U.K. “It’s English countryside meets American sportswear,” noted Burch, who also folded in a major patchwork motif. Despite fashion’s exhaustive riffs on the decade, hers was a surprisingly and delightfully fresh take. There was something cozy about it all, the way Burch took thick nubby tweeds and cut them into jackets, shifts and fur-collared coats — some with raw, fringed edges — and spliced together tartan patterns in kilt skirts and a leather-trimmed shirt with Mongolian fur sleeves. The bow blouses were particularly charming, not to mention those great wide-leg palazzo pants with pleats up the sides. Burch upped her offerings of nighttime glamour with crystal embroidery and spangly paillettes on tunics and tops. And in order to even the score for those pants she used last season from her father’s closet, this time she looked to her mom’s old Yves Saint Laurent suit for the basis of her red velvet smoking.

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