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New York Fashion Week: Tory Burch makes everyday fashion ‘sublime’

The designer's fall-winter collection was inspired by ordinary objects like a lampshade or well-worn coat

From the Tory Burch fall/winter 2024 fashion show on 12 February
From the Tory Burch fall/winter 2024 fashion show on 12 February (AP)

Shimmer and glimmer with a dash of the majestic was on display as Tory Burch showed her 2024 Fall Winter Collection at New York Fashion week.

Inspired by ordinary objects like a lampshade or well-worn coat, Burch set out to redefine the form of her designs with this collection.

“I started with the concept of how to make the everyday sublime,” Burch told the Associated Press at a post-show interview.

She went on to express her desire to present the silhouette in a fresh, new way by using different textures and creative ways to join seams to create a “light” feel.

“I became really obsessed with the idea of volume, but not a heaviness.”

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Emily Ratajkowski, Paloma Elsesser, and Irina Shayk, who closed out the show in a Tinsel Raffia coat, were among the models showing off the collection’s 34 designs.

Along with the other models, they walked the long, narrow hallway of the New York Public Library showing variations of Burch’s concept, including faux croc tops and skirts, along with Tinsel raffia coats and dresses.

“I really thought a lot about working on fabrics that created shape, and whether it’s through technique of bonding or seam sealing, but having the fabric be really featherweight and adhere to the body with a lot of stretch,” Burch said.

While many of the designs took Burch out of her comfort zone, the one that stood out was the hooded sweater with orange lampshade skirt.

Burch says the vibrancy of color juxtaposed with the “beautiful neutral tones” in the collection’s palette.

“I thought what was kind of interesting is how do you take neutrals and create enough depth where they resonated as a palette and then shock them with the parrot blue and that vibrant orange. And so for me, it is different and we’re constantly trying different things,” she said.

Getting creative with faux materials also played a role in the collection.

“We had a porcupine jacket that was a faux fur. The leather was cotton with a finish on it that looked like croc… it’s a cotton blend. So it’s not - it wasn’t leather. And then we use paper leather.”

Using sustainable materials has become increasingly more important to Burch, but she says there’s more work to be done in the industry.

“It’s a multi-pronged problem that we all need to collectively fix. So we are on it and we are moving in that direction. But it’s something that I think we’re doing (as a company) regardless of putting it out there.”

Celebrity guests included AnnaSophia Robb, Natasha Lyonne, and Awkwafina. 

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