The Bauhaus photographer Gertrud Arndt, known for her self-portraits, was the starting point of Tory Burch’s pre-fall collection. Some of Arndt’s most famous images show her wearing a dotted veil, “so there are dots in almost every look,” said Burch. More graphic than dainty, the polka dots appeared big on a navy mikado dress with a cutout back, small on real pony hair and pony hair prints and on accessories like square bags and pointy pumps with thick, square heels.
The silhouettes were polished. One of the strongest looks was a high-collar shell shown with cropped pants cut with a full leg. There were also crisp men’s wear shirts and neatly tailored jackets with military buttons. Other graphic patterns included black-and-white chevron on a cotton jacket, layered stripe motifs and mini checks on blouses and denim, the latter a growing group for Burch. Another burgeoning category is sport. While the official Tory Burch sport collection won’t launch until spring 2015, the designer worked stylish athletic references into this lineup with a printed puffer vest and a rust-colored lightweight anorak.