NEW YORK -- Tory Burch chose the second-floor atrium of Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center as the backdrop for her spring-summer 2013 runway collection which showed on Sept. 11 during New York Fashion Week, with floor-to-ceiling windows giving the audience the same bright, sun-drenched feel as the clothes that came down the catwalk.
The inspiration: “American prep remix. We were thinking about a stylish magpie who picks up special pieces while traveling around the world and always mixes them with classic sporstwear.”
The look: Yellow wheat patterns printed on silk faille dresses, patchwork jackets and shorts, honeycomb eyelet dresses and dresses covered in a floral print of the daisy’s kissing cousin, the black-eyed Susan. In all, enough field flora to induce an attack of hay fever.
But there was also a tribal influence that could be found in colorful beadwork on shirt hems, button plackets and shoulder stripes, tie-dyed skirts and wax-printed, hand-dyed cotton skirts and dresses. In addition some of the handbags were covered with woven Mexican blanket patterns.
The scene: Several attendees noted that the bench seating, which had recently been painted the same cheery shade of yellow as the cover of the show notes, was still tacky to the touch, causing a momentary fear that the fashion flock would leave the show like a swarm of oddly branded yellow jackets.
The verdict: The runway version of laying a Mexican blanket in a sun-dappled field of wildflowers.