Always taking inspiration from special moments in her life, Tory Burch’s Autumn/Winter 2016 collection is a tribute to her childhood love of horseback riding.
With sporty elements seen throughout the collection along with pieces from Tory Sport, classic sportswear with equestrian detailing is the general feel.
The media preview was held at Lupa restaurant in Hong Kong where the restaurant was decorated to evoke a classic Parisian café.
Anchored by a custom floor pattern that resembles intricate tilework in neutral shades of black, brown and bone, regional members of the press were invited to look, feel and touch the collection.
From coats in bold jockey-silk patterns and skinny jodhpurs to riding shirts, long wide-leg pants and an oversized peacoat, the collection remains true to its sleek and chic signature silhouette.
Other pieces of note are the seventies-inspired A-line skirts and track jackets that can be mixed and layered.
Bomber jackets make a statement in several distinct materials and finishes including a long, floor length version in blue.
Dresses are cinched at the waist and worn over turtlenecks and tailored pants, while high-collared shirts are paired with sporty knits and cropped blazers.
Eveningwear takes on a relaxed, cool vibe with fluid gowns. There are also pajama-style outifts which make for a different look for formal events.
The colour palette is a mix of bold reds, blues and greens mixed with earthy tones of rust, brown and plum balanced by eggplant and orange for additional warmth.
Prints and patterns add further dimension to the collection with sporty stripes and colourful jockey-silk patterns which then moves into a vintage floral on a black background and an artful interpretation of horses pulling a chariot.
A noteworthy update is a print inspired by the Gemini Link rounds out the collection’s tomboy chic appeal with its perfectly symmetrical links based on the double-T logo.
Forming an integral part of the collection, the Gemini Link is featured on handbags, shoes, belts and print designs as well as jewellery as the perfect complement to the collection’s equestrian influences.
The number two is a significant number for Tory — from her twins to her zodiac sign, Gemini.
So with the Gemini Link symmetrical double links, it celebrates life’s dualities and the two sides to every story.
Like so many women of today, Tory has a multidimensional approach to life: she is a mother and an entrepreneur, an introvert and an extrovert, a designer and a CEO.
Even the detail at the center of the double link is a subtle nod to the brand’s graphic double-T logo, drawing inspiration from Moroccan architecture and Tory’s favorite interior designer, David Hicks.
Another accessory to keep an eye out on is the Gigi pump. A 60s-inpsired low heel shoe, it features a round toe, a block heel and a metal “T” framed by an enamel plaque – lending graphic detail to the otherwise minimal silhouette, making it the perfect desk-to-dinner companion.
Overall, it is an eclectic mix of materials which places focus on a play on textures as ribbed knits and boiled wool are juxtaposed with intricate patterned lace, lame silk, suede and glossy eelskin pieced together in bold stripes.
Trapunto stitching, quilting and piped edges add graphic interest and contrast.
Other accessories reflect a mood of a certain street style nonchalance – from a convertible harness bag to boots with removable spats to an update on the Reva flat.
Boots and booties go from the paddock to the runway with horseshoe-shaped heels, while spats and horsehair tassels are handcrafted by a Brazilian gaucho.
Handbags are unstructured and versatile with pieces ranging from graphic hobos to easy shapes with harness belts and hooded buckles, while pendant necklaces and shoulder-sweeping earrings with natural horsehair tassels underscore the collection’s effortless spirit.
The Tory Burch Autumn/Winter 2016 collection (with the exception of the Gemini Link bag which will be available next month) is already in store at the boutiques in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and The Gardens, Mid Valley City.