NYFW: Tory Burch Gives ’60s French Riviera Glamour, Makes Anna Wintour Smile
Fresh off of Tory Burch’s Spring 2014 show, we’re mourning the loss of summer and its subsequent garden parties. Inspired by the French Riviera in the ’60s, the designer gave us botanical vibes aplenty, and had us wishing we could while away the hours in the collection’s jeweled Queen Anne’s lace print organza dress, or perhaps one of the beaded appliqué burlap dresses.
Although Burch was heavily influenced by the glamorous Parisian epoch, she had a single muse: Romy Schneider’s character in the amorous Italian-French film La Piscine. Scheneider’s costumes were streamlined and elegant, from her bikinis to her shift dresses, and the same was true for Burch’s spring offerings. In a garden-fresh palette of green, white, and coral, mixed in with some blooming prints, she delivered an array of dresses, tunics, capris, swimsuits, anoraks, and structured maxis in sumptuous dupioni, lace, linen, burlap, crep de chine, and lattice cut-out leather. Never one to shy away from embellishment, a healthy dose of jewels and crystal appliqué glimmered on the runway, which was fittingly painted with water wavelets to complement the sartorial flora.
On our way out of the show, we witnessed an eruption of excitement from the street style shutterbugs, and turned around to find that we were being trailed by Anna Wintour (see our Instagram below). Opting out of her usual town car escape, she miraculously decided to walk. From what we saw, she trodded her nude heels across the Lincoln Center pavement, crossed the street next to P.J. Clarke’s, and even smiled as she inflicted hysteria onto onlookers. One lucky fan even got to take a selfie with the notoriously private editor. We consider Wintour’s post-show spirits an indicator that fashion’s reigning queen echoed our enthusiasm about Burch’s spring awakening.