Tory Burch Channels A World-Traveling Prairie Girl For Spring

It was a sunny morning in the glass-walled atrium where Tory Burch held her spring 2013 runway show yesterday, and the designer offered up appropriately cheery frocks for the occasion. Models paraded down the white lacquered runway in midi dresses in marigold eyelet or printed with stalks of wheat, an inspiration echoed in the unkempt fishtail braids sported by each.

Burch was thinking of the American prairies for the coming season, a fact which was evident in the down-home shapes and agricultural themes she presented, but also of a woman with both wanderlust and a magpie sensibility. This came through in beaded embellishments on otherwise basic tops, tassels dangling off necklaces and handbags, and braided, fringed accessories. These perhaps she picked up on a sojourn to Guinea, where Burch’s tie dyed pieces were created by teams of women entrepreneurs, thanks in part to the Tory Burch Foundation. The collection, in sum, was much like the brand itself — grounded in classic Americana, but with an ever-extending international reach.

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