Fashion / Style File

Tory Burch’s Sunny Ways Lift the Gloom of New York Fashion Week

Flower Models, Hot Pink and Happy Times Steal the Day

BY // 02.11.18

NEW YORK — According to the classic song, it’s nice to tiptoe through the tulips. But for Tory Burch, pink carnations will do just fine.

Amid the gloomy winter weather that’s gripped the East Coast, Burch brought a sunny attitude to New York Fashion Week. To showcase her fall 2018 collection, she transformed a vacant marketplace into a temporary garden with 14,000 pink carnations and hired the Chamber Orchestra of New York  to perform while models strolled along mossy green paths between the sea of flowers.

So much pink in such a gray world provided some nice Instagram-worthy moments, although there’s always the danger that such eye-catching surroundings can overshadow a collection. But the carnation installation, a nod to choreographer Pina Bausch’s dance “Nelken,” provided a picture-perfect way for Burch to highlight a large number of floral print dresses and separates, contrasted with modern outerwear, including tech canvas parkas, shearling coats, leather moto jackets, and suede trenches.

Burch, whose fashion empire is based on an effortless, accessible style of dressing, named the floral silk print that permeated the collection “Happy Times,” which happens to be the title of a book by the collection’s muse, Lee Radziwill. Burch said she was inspired by the “effortless style” of Radziwill, the sister of former first lady Jackie Kennedy.

Like a number of other designers, Burch also made an apparent reference to the #MeToo Movement by featuring a hot pink long-sleeved dress with a pussy bow at the collar.

Also noticeable are the accessories — always a Burch strongpoint. Among the standouts are a oversized “Happy Times” floral tote and  a shiny, pointed-toed high heel bootie in bubblegum pink, white, tan, mahogany and black. There’s even a crocodile-embossed version that’s sure to be a big seller.

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