Opening the season and the city, it seemed only fitting then that the message at Tory Burch for Autumn/Winter 2018 had its sights set on optimism, looking to 'Happy Times' – drawing inspiration from the designer’s longtime friend, Lee Radziwill, younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, both in a nod to her signature laidback style and her photographic memoirs. Setting the scene at the Midtown warehouse venue amid a garden of blushing pink carnations installed and choreographed meticulously, this was not floral overload, but rather, as the designer described, somewhat of an ode to the "humility of the carnation". Appealing to all the senses, the soundtrack to the show came courtesy of the Chamber Orchestra of New York’s rendition of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – the spring element, reimagined by composer Max Richter, playing to a packed front row, which included Sienna Miller and Julianne Moore.
A harmony of balance and beauty, there was nothing too grandiose here, but a gentle message that lightness, liveliness and fun all have their place in times ahead. Always with a clear vision of who her woman is, and indeed, who she could be, this was a clear departure from autumn/winter expectations, blurring the lines between the seasons as the industry evolves to more fluid times. Playing with outerwear atop breezy floral or patchwork fluid dresses and separates, there were huggy shearling coats, nipped-in blazers, biker styles and utilitarian parkas – the designer toying with a more masculine edge to super-feminine forms. Classic Burch moves were present – think knife-pleated midis, cosy knits and pussybow blouses, a standout being in hot fuchsia. Delicate yet decisive, this was an easy-to-wear, elevated wardrobe designed to uplift the spirits.
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