For Tory Burch, armor was the starting point for Fall/Winter 2014. While the collection paid tribute to the medieval suit of arms, its influence didn’t transport the audience to the set of A Knight’s Tale; rather, it implicitly – and elegantly – honored the regal gear while keeping the fun and flirty formula that is so fundamental to the Tory Burch brand.
Needless to say, one of the most trying battles faced by designers is translating their artistic vision and seasonal inspiration into something wearable. Burch conquered this feat utilizing her tried and tested silhouettes – short and boxy tunics – and pairing them with tapestry-style knits, gold chains, and metallic materials. The result? The collection never felt clunky – a likely temptation for the designer considering the collection’s starting inspiration. Look 27 is one of the best examples of Burch’s restraint and balance; a navy-blue lamé top-and-skirt set created the same mirror-shine effect that one might find on the most polished suit of armor, but beneath the outwear was a feminine, floral silk blouse. The lapels peeked out as if to say, “Hey, this is still a Tory Burch show!” Foiled wool sweaters felt elegant and never cliché. Moreover, accents such as silvery plissé mini-skirts and fur bags worn like winter muffs called to mind just the warrior princess portrait Burch aimed to evoke. Basically, Burch won the battle for our hearts this season.
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