Tory Burch often looks homeward for inspiration. For resort, she started out musing on the family farm of her childhood. “I went back to American folk art, and where I grew up, Pennsylvania Dutch [country],” Burch said during a walk-through at her company’s headquarters. Yet lest the mind race to quaint costumes, she added a caveat: “That was the starting point — lightly referenced.”
That translates into a lineup that integrates expressive feminine elements with a robust earthiness, starting with a palette in which black and natural ivory play against russets, reds, deep greens and navy. Hearty tailoring belies a discreet Seventies vibe in clean-lined coats and jackets, often over A-line skirts. The most obvious folk-art references come through in floral motifs and craftwork, specifically embroidery and quilting, the latter handled, Burch said, “in a different way than everyone else has done it.” Case in point: a chic color-blocked coat in beige, green, gold and hot pink, horizontally quilted for a striped effect. Bold patterns carry throughout, as with large-scale, ebullient florals for a coat over a dress in a dark, almost sober, small floral. Worked in amidst the flowers and butterflies: a manipulated geometric or two, including a dress in stripes spliced and curved in multiple directions and punctuated with random paillettes. Such artful touches as a fanciful bow collar or a double-layer embroidered sleeve detail the collection’s array of dresses, imbuing them with unfussy charm.