Tory Burch Fall-Winter 2013-2014 RTW Fashion Show
In just ten years, Tory Burch has built an empire. Hers has become a super brand of the modern day.
"I like to give women options, the high and the low, basics mixed with details," explained the designer backstage before the show this morning at the very serene, the very elegant and very Tory Hotel Pierre. This is the way to start a Tuesday morning, sparkling chandeliers, piano playing in the background and a good dose of culture - Art Nouveau, Gustav Klimt and Rene Lalique were the inspirations for Burchthis season.
"The textures and the colours, taking a lot of the scarab detailing," said Burch. It was all very much anchored in that Virginia Woolf poetic vein - dropped-waist dresses, billowy sleeves, high necks, flocked florals, dancing T-bar shoes or monk-strap velvet loafers - dragon flies making for dainty straps or encasing the heels themselves.
It was free-spirited, pretty and elegant but maintained the need of Burch's woman and her 24-hour dressing.
Skirts were demure in length, pleated and stiff, waists were belted on tea dresses and the palette stayed in those Nouveau bohemian realms - teal, purple, crimson and nude - with those scarab beatle prints once again, this time dancing on the backs of bomber-cardigans too.
This collection was another winning case in point as to why Burch's empire is booming.