Tory Burch’s signature style has always tended toward the tomboy with a funky flare. For resort, she put her boyish leanings aside for something more classically feminine. Based in faded floral prints in painterly colors, the collection came via dual inspiration: “Moroccan hats and Impressionist paintings — Manet and Monet but mostly landscapes,” said Burch. The former was quite literal in actual hats — straw Panama styles with colorful trims — and hat motifs on intarsia T-shirts and a printed sundress paired with a cropped coated Mac. Those styles played to the bold palette Burch is known for, while a range of pale blues and neutrals worked nicely on printed georgette maxiskirts, a great blanket tweed jacket and structured tunics trimmed with embroidery and worn over short shorts.
Finishing the look were a plethora of accessories: big jewelry and new oversize handbags that were either bedecked with embroideries or done in a combination of raffia and printed snake. Burch used the latter treatments on a highly decorative shoe collection of sandals and charming espadrilles designed like little sneakers in printed leather with woven raffia cap toes.
If resort was an example of Burch’s romantic side, she is still sporty by nature, so much so that she revealed that a new athletic collection is in the pipeline.