UP­TOWN GIRL

Tory Burch Au­tumn/Win­ter ’18 may be in­spired by style icon Lee Radzi­will, but the de­signer’s own ir­rev­er­ent style is defin­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of up­town girls. By Amy Yas­mine.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Style -

Over the course of 14 years, de­signer Tory Burch has be­come some­what of a poster child for the Amer­i­can up­per crust—preppy, pol­ished, but with a bo­hemian spirit that sweeps the Up­per East Side like a re­fresh­ing au­tumn’s breeze. It cer­tainly re­flects a change of times; a de­vi­a­tion from Y2K’s ob­ses­sion with cinched-in ban­daged sil­hou­ettes—think Tins­ley Mor­timer in Hervé Léger—to a more re­laxed, 21st-cen­tury Talitha Getty-es­que sen­si­bil­ity. Born into an af­flu­ent fam­ily in Penn­syl­va­nia, the 52-year-old de­signer spent her child­hood climb­ing trees and run­ning wild on her fam­ily’s 12 hectares of land. “I love this idea of out­doorsy glam­our, a sort of tomboy-meets-girly look,” Burch once said in an in­ter­view. “That prob­a­bly comes from be­ing con­flicted my­self. I had very glam­orous par­ents, but I didn’t put on a dress un­til I was about 15. I was more in­ter­ested in rid­ing horses.” In­deed, the bil­lion­aire’s par­ents, Buddy and Reva Robin­son, were both equally dandy and ex­trav­a­gant. Her fa­ther, an in­vestor, would wear din­ner jack­ets lined with Her­mès silk scarves, while her mother brought home a Saint Lau­rent ball gown for her daugh­ter to wear to prom.

None­the­less, Burch’s jux­ta­posed down-to-earth na­ture in­forms her per­sonal sense of style and con­se­quently, her epony­mous la­bel. Her In­sta­gram feed is a solid rep­re­sen­ta­tion of that: a vi­brant mix of boho luxe and lady-of-the-manor so­phis­ti­ca­tion. On any given day—or In­sta-post—her look runs the gamut from a scarf-printed silk dress paired with an­kle booties to a crisp shirt worn with a graphic bomber. Other times, it’s sporty palazzo jog­gers in An­tigua, or a luxe cable-knit sweater ef­fort­lessly thrown over a midi pais­ley skirt in New York. “The clothes can’t wear you—it has to be about the woman,” she re­called her mother Reva’s ad­vice, in an­other in­ter­view. “Less is al­ways more, in her mind,” she added.

For Burch, how­ever, this meant giv­ing the less-is-more ap­proach a mod­ern sporty twist. A nod to her ath­letic-meets-bo­hemian dis­po­si­tion, Tory Burch Au­tumn/Win­ter ’18 was a suc­cinct ode to that no­tion. Heav­ily in­spired by Amer­i­can so­cialite Lee Radzi­will, the col­lec­tion riffed off el­e­gant clas­sics, but with a rugged twist. Un­like pre­vi­ous sea­sons, which re­lied heav­ily on the de­signer’s trav­els and child­hood mem­o­ries, this sea­son stood out for its youth­ful—read: mil­len­nial—take, al­beit it ref­er­enc­ing one of the cen­tury’s most be­guil­ing style icons. Take for ex­am­ple the over­sized fur coats worn un­der shear­ling­lined parkas, or ar­gyle knits worn over toile de Jouy midis. Rugged den­ims were given the day-dress ef­fect, while struc­tured croc bags gave the col­lec­tion a stately ap­peal. It’s a look that even In­sta-gen­er­a­tion would flock to, con­sid­er­ing its laid-back luxe ap­proach.

In this re­gard, the de­signer owes her suc­cess to her own style, es­pe­cially now that her com­pany is worth USD5 bil­lion—self-made, too. It’s what sets her apart from her Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts—Di­ane Von Fursten­berg had Stu­dio 54, Calvin Klein his Amer­i­can Gigolo tai­lor­ing, and Michael Kors his jet-set mode de vie. “My la­bel is about women who are in­ter­est­ing, in­tel­lec­tu­ally cu­ri­ous, stylish, busy, and do­ing things,” she ex­plained in an in­ter­view early this year, and co­in­ci­den­tally, de­scrib­ing her­self. “I want to make things [for women] that are ef­fort­less and chic.” And chic, it cer­tainly was.

“I had very glam­orous par­ents, but I didn’t put on a dress un­til I was about 15. I was more in­ter­ested in rid­ing horses.” – Tory Burch

Boho em­bel­lish­ments amped up a maxi dress The Lee Radzi­will satchel, rem­i­nis­cent of the icon’s el­e­gant style Luxe fur paired with a ruf­fled Vic­to­rian blouse at Tory Burch Au­tumn/Win­ter ’18 A soft shear­ling coat paired with con­trast­ing blooms

Rich vel­vets pared down with a ca­sual satchel at Tory Burch Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’18

Dou­ble-duty lay­er­ing: a fur coat and util­i­tar­ian parka

Tory Burch with her mother, Reva

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