For the Tory Burch Resort 2020, the designer was thinking about Pennsylvania, drawing more directly from her own memories on the family farm. There were touches of quilting, for instance, a nod to Pennsylvania Dutch bedding; lively avian prints inspired by the colorful birds that lived on the farm; and wildflower embroideries lifted from the surrounding flora and fauna.
More personal were the items inspired by her father’s ’70s wardrobe (a common touchpoint for Burch): plaid sherpas, sleek leather cargo jackets, a “tweed” printed suit. As for the vivid palette—those quilted pieces came in color-blocked hot pink, green, and yellow, for instance—Burch said they were a nod to the cartoons she remembers watching on TV. “It’s a little psychedelic,” she added, pointing out the swirling florals of a cloud-like quilted jacket and the kaleidoscopic print of a pleated midi skirt.
For all of that vibrancy, she added that keeping things “quite minimal” is still top of mind. She picked up a sleek ivory dress with ruched, puffed-up sleeves and dangling ties; fans of her recent Fall 2019 show will recognize it as a cousin to the black-and-turquoise version she showed on the runway. This one came with an eclectic new touch: a few giant technicolor birds printed throughout. Were they herons? Ibises? Possibly neither. For Burch’s purposes, though, they helped sum up this collection: a juxtaposition of nature, her childhood, and that signature TB exuberance. She’s calling it “rustic, yet refined,” a vibe many of her peers are going for, too—but it’s unlikely that their collections will feel quite this personal.