For Fall/Winter 2015, Tory Burch joined a cadre of designers who extol the virtues of Marrakech (pioneering Yves Saint Laurent was the first), but her modernized Moroccan textiles were blended with a distinctly Chelsea vibe. Why has Marrakech been so influential on Western fashion? For starters, it is a mystical city that hums with bustling souks, luxurious riads, and quiet madrasas. It is a city stained with blush from red sandstone, glittering with glazed, mosaic tile work, and fronted by facades featuring impressive Berber-Moorish architecture. There are plenty of aesthetic highlights that individuate the city, and it has spawned legions of exotic looks.
Burch’s respectful approach weaves Moroccan embroidery and patterns into a luxurious collection that hinges on an effortless vibe. When a Chelsea girl wants to flaunt her artistic side or passion for globetrotting, she steps out in one of Burch’s plush, embroidered carpet coats, paired with a breezy printed dress, slouchy socks, and mannish brogues. For day, she favors luxe printed sweatshirts, minimalist tie-neck blouses, or sparkly overlong cardigans, and, when she trots to the local gallery where she moonlights as an art handler, she prefers a more sophisticated look, like coordinated separates, patterned skirts, or relaxed printed frocks. She tops her looks with Marrakech-inspired jewelry, chic scarves, and impressive leather handbags.
The driving force behind the collection is its easy glamour. For instance, a simple, black, trimmed top with a band of embroidered gold and grommets at the throat and wrists might be simple to slip into, but it makes a devastatingly chic statement. All of Burch’s pieces are so effortless that you’ll forget that you’re wearing such an intoxicating, exotic, fully patterned ensemble until you notice how many heads turn to watch.
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