Tory Burch has made herself known for knowing how to dress women in smart, appropriately seasonal attire, with her most recent ready-to-wear showing for fall/winter 2016 at New York Fashion Week reminding us how chic sportiness can look when integrated in our daily looks. With a color palette based on cool shades of purple, blue, green, grey, pink, and others, Burch created looks with the modern woman in mind, and events for all hours of the day featuring varying levels of professionalism, casualness, and formalness.
The looks came alive on the runway, and even in the structured environment evoked the loveliest feelings of happiness and comfort. From the first look sent down the runway, a long coat with a patchwork-esque print, we were treated to a sense of nostalgia, which is something Burch tends to lean toward when creating her collections and campaigns, and set up the mood for the rest of the collection’s simple color scheme and tastefully stylish silhouettes.
From there on out, a lot of the outerwear on the runway was sporty, making them the perfect choices for a woman on the go. Other coats and jackets were created in denim, which was a runway trend for this show, and others still were heavier duty for when the colder weather of winter hits. No matter what temperature it is outside, Tory Burch has outerwear to combat it.
The dresses and skirts in the Tory Burch fall/winter 2016-2017 collection were particularly lovely, as many hemlines fell at the sweet-spot location above the knee, without being too “mini.” A dark rose skirt with wide pleated panels was paired with a black and deep purple and mustard sweater, which was one of the most flirty and sweet looks on Burch’s runway. Another standout dress was a white and black tea-length number, with an interesting print, which almost mimicked a corset-styled bodice. But it was the leather strap detail that made this look particularly appealing, as it broke up the look in an edgy way, without losing any of the dress’s feminine charm.
Many of the separates, on the other hand, were sharp and smart, perfect for a day at the office. A pair of deep green skinny trousers might not be the first thing to come to mind when thinking of officewear, but after this show, those feelings might change. They were the sleekest pants in the line, and weren’t brow-raising, as one might expect with the concept of a green basic professional garment.
The other pants in the collection were flared slacks in the same shade of green and another flared pair of pink pants, with a matching blazer. The use of color was risky, in that they would be a hit or miss when they showed on the runway, with little room for error; and if you ask me, they were a clear hit and highlight of the show.
Between the masterful use of color and manipulation of silhouettes to best suit the models’ bodies, Tory Burch’s fashion week line was one of the smartest and well-executed ready-to-wear showings so far. And it wouldn’t be too surprising to see the fashion month conclude with her collection being one of the most successful in terms of interest from everyday women, and then later on in sales.
Photos courtesy of Vogue