The Tory Burch Pre-Fall 2018 collection features easy silhouettes, Seventies-inspired handbags and summer shearling.
The designer did an artisanal take on color-blocking — in rich spice colors — that was inspired by handmade quilts from Gee’s Bend, Alabama. She spotlighted the ease of a sheath dress color-blocked in a way that recalled Mondrian, and by extension, Yves Saint Laurent. The sheath commingled with workwear pants in a heavy-duty cotton and a suede “garden jacket” modeled after her father’s own.
The color-blocking continued on a floaty silk slip, and an organdy dress strewn with daisies was particularly winning. As for ornament, Burch’s longtime supporters will be pleased to learn that it wasn’t entirely absent either, though it was reserved mostly for her accessories. Perched on glass shelves in her showroom was a large collection of jewelry: There were rake and hoe earrings, cast walnut lockets, and charm bracelets dangling pretzels, peanuts, and sundry other snacks—entertaining all around. Shearling desert boots hardly abide by the “less is more” rule, but even the fun-averse would have a hard time resisting them.
Having a lot of fun with the accessories this season, in addition to the jewelry we did inspired by gardening tools, Burch also designed a bracelet with snack-shaped charms, fringed handbags, shearling slides, a new camera bag with swinging tassels.