Tory Burch presents a light and airy collection for Spring 2014 that will appeal to the preppy girl in all of us.
It’s interesting that this charismatic and contemporary ready-to-wear collection from Tory Burch should call upon La Piscine for inspiration. The 1969 film, starring a young and luminous Jane Birkin, centers on a dark theme of jealousy, passion, and murder. Yet, there is no darkness in this collection. Instead, the fabrics are light, the palette is springtime fresh, and the silhouette is gentle and feminine.
The show starts with a simple frock embroidered with sprouting florals along the bottom of the skirt, followed by a sleeveless top and trim trousers in the same vein. Printed maxi skirts are paired with basic tees, cinched at the waist with a modern twist on the fanny pack. Repeated garden prints have a wallpaper quality, especially when paired with contrasting patterns, but the results are remarkably chic. Think Hamptons/Yacht Club/Ivy League college graduation party – this collection is inescapably preppy at its core. Yet, here, “preppy” isn’t derogatory; it’s a social signifier that implies comfortable living and a cultured mind. There’s nothing stuffy or out of place in Burch’s collection. Instead, she gives women the type of idealized and exuberant preppy charm that made the look popular back in the 1960s. Her update for the modern day, however, is accessible to a wider demographic, and is therefore much more democratic.
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