NYFW S/S '11 report: TORY BURCH

14 February 2011

Tory Burch’s 1970’s glamour is still in prefect step with these fashion times when wide-legged, high-waisted trousers and a silky blouse remain a shortcut to city chic.

It’s argued that Ms Burch launched the silhouette that can be seen striding confidently across the forecourt of the Lincoln Centre where the international style tribes meet to re-boot their fashion systems with what’s hot and what’s not.

Add to next winters list of must-haves; a sleeveless coat, preferably in shaggy Afghan, which can be layered over dresses, blouses, jackets or sweaters as temperature dictates.  Then there’s the super wide-legged trouser: drop the heel height to flat and cut in a fluid fabric and you have a garment with an identity crisis. It’s neither a skirt nor a pant but I like the way it moves.

I’m also loving the loud checks. In suits they recall something I vaguely remember Ronnie Barker wearing, but I love them in gored skirts and duffle coats. In suiting I’d make a beeline for the claret velvet tux.

Trend alert: watch out for the rise of the furry sleeve. Fluffy trims from elbow to wrist are competing with fluffy collars for catwalk dominance. And the knee high, straight legged boot with stacked heel is the only shape to have. Tory Burch has got them all.

-Paula Reed in New York


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