Tory Burch mixes romanticism with workwear for a Fall runway show set in floral frenzy.

February 13, 2018

From Lee Radziwill’s effortless style to a field of carnations inspired by the drama of Pina Bausch’s Nelken, Romanticism defines the Tory Burch Fall 2018 mood.

The Fall 2018 show transformed the cavernous space beneath New York’s 59th Street Bridge into a garden wonderland — in the middle of bone-chilling winter. Landscape artist Miranda Brooks created a virtual meadow with 8000 square feet of mossy greens, in which she and her team planted 14,000 pink carnations.

Feminine layers mixed with classic tailoring, a modern take on chintz, and contrasts of texture and print. Accessories carry these ideas through in bags and pointy-toe shoes.”

Fall’s floral print — Happy Times — takes its inspiration from botanical prints and chintz fabrics. It’s also a nod to the title of Lee Radziwill’s book by the same title, a phrase that evokes optimism and happiness. For Fall/Winter 2018, Happy Times is a modern take on chintz, done in five colors across dresses, tops, skirts and bags.

The collection features a mixof fluid layers with classic tailoring, florals with sportif knits, relaxed corduroy jackets and dresses with trailing scarf hemlines. Whether a sleeveless dress over a long-sleeved top or a parka over a coat, the brand showcases a smart way to dress for today with each piece becoming almost seasonless.

Romanticism was spotlighted this season — gentle, draped silhouettes; flowing plissé georgette skirts and dresses; delicate lace details, and beautiful organza trims. The collection was feminine — but not girly. The ruffles, for example, feel refined and effortless. And the ruffle collars are removable, which makes the look more wearable and a great transition from day to early evening. Burch incorporated workwear elements to balance out spring’s overtly feminine mood.

The runway models groove to the beat of our latest behind-the-scenes video.


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