The designer looked to Amelia Earhart for inspiration for the Tory Burch Pre-Fall 2020 collection. “She was such a pioneer,” the designer said at a showroom appointment. “I’m attracted to her fearlessness and her entrepreneurship.”
Earhart had her own lifestyle line, decades before her time. Fascinatingly, she not only designed the clothes she wore in the cockpit, but also produced a collection of practically-minded garments for Macy’s where the label financed her expeditions.
Burch has her sportif side, too, and the casual clothes she’s produced this season have a confident aplomb. Earhart’s trademark leather bomber jacket was elegantly rendered with a ribbed knit hem, and her penchant for scarves, an essential element in the aviator’s uniform, was represented in various bandana treatments, including a pajama set in a vivid kelly green and a belted jumpsuit with one-and-done ease. A woman could get a lot of mileage out of a jumpsuit like that.