Tory Burch found inspiration in a hopeful place for the 2016 pre-fall season. She discovered poet and artist Etel Adnan, a woman who began her fame in her late ‘80s. Adnan has been an artist her whole life, and Burch tapped into her free landscapes, which are simple in nature. This inspiration shines through in the Tory Burch pre-fall 2016 collection. The loose yet deliberate silhouettes use bold colors and graphics to ramp up the excitement, so she pursued a more abstract approach to using her inspiration.
“You have to move your customer,” said Burch, in an interview with WWD. “You can’t just do obvious things.”
And she succeeded in that idea. You wouldn’t be able to know she took inspiration from a landscape artist, but after hearing the story many of the design elements become clear. She used colors commonly found in landscapes, particularly an evening scene, and also played with lines to mimic Adnan’s own work. Burch’s sophistication was prevalent in this collection, as everything was created with finesse, even a bohemian schoolgirl-esque dress.
It consisted of a scallop-hemmed miniskirt and bishop sleeve, so it’s a more refined take on such an outfit, but it is an interesting point of reference for the designer. When put into contrast with her tea-length lace color-blocked dress, it shows Burch put a lot of thought into range for this collection. She didn’t stick with one idea or one sense of style, but flitted around to be more encompassing, and in doing so found a larger audience for the line.
Regardless of their style, the use of color-blocking is great middle ground for the designer of many talents. It begins to reach out to less adventurous fashionistas who don’t much prefer mixing colors or prints in their looks, while still being exciting enough for those who like to wear fun prints and mix color in their wardrobe. Burch is so good at different styles, so it’s nice to see her combining two in one collection. This could precedent more thought in the future, where we may see more juxtaposition between two fashion sensibilities playing out in one line.
Aside from the playing around with color, of course she utilized a print. A bold, slightly abstract floral print was featured on a floor-length dress that skirted the line between maxi and evening dress. The large, almost tribal pattern is casual to be for everyday wear, but the overall presentation suggests a more elegant purpose behind the garment. An interesting prospect on the garment, deeming in multi-modal!
Overall, she kept the Tory Burch pre-fall 2016 collection light. She used lightweight knits and cotton so as to not bog down women wearing her looks, and maintained a relaxation throughout. Oftentimes it’s the heavier knits that achieve the ultimate comfy, relaxing vibe, but she achieved it through an unmistakable casualness, while still evoking tones of elegance and sophistication. She has created a great showing for pre-fall, and stayed true to the renaissance artist she drew her inspiration from.
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