“Beauty found in unexpected places… For Spring/Summer 2016, we were inspired by how beauty is enhanced through time and nature. There is an emphasis on contrast: natural fabrics paired with iridescence; neutrals with brights; simple shapes with texture and intricate embroideries. Accessories include oxidized jewelry, handbags with opalescent edging and shoes with a sculptural gold heel, originally inspired by a slice of natural bark.” —Tory Burch
Silhouettes: The signature tunic plays a central role — a study in experimentation appearing in various proportions and diverse fabrics: long and lean in embroidered poplin and voluminous in metallic jacquard and perforated leather. Other silhouettes play on contrast, balancing a feminine, bohemian spirit with sporty elements: cropped tops and high-waisted wrap skirts; long, slim tunics paired with wide-leg pants, open necklines and tomboy ribbed t-shirts.
Palette: An homage to the breadth of nature’s palette, the collection opens with a bold pairing of poppy red and periwinkle blue and gives way to dusky blue, ecru and white. Splashes of marigold are followed by soft, natural shades—green, khaki, beige and pink —and iridescence.
Prints & Patterns: Romantic prints and patterns inspired by flowering vines, leaves and trumpet-shaped petals come to life through textured fabrications like an intricate metallic floral pattern placed over a silk leaf print.
Fabrications: The focus is on the mix: raw, humble fabrics elevated with the refined—embroidered cotton poplin, gold foil detail on linen and cut-out wool layered over organza. Smocking, tassels and fringe add more depth and dimension, while iridescent threadwork and metallics lend subtle shine.
Accessories: The emphasis on contrast carries through to accessories. Natural elements offset modern details in handbags: brass handles are wrapped in wicker and opalescent-painted edges offer lightrefracting shine. Square-toe slingback sandals with sculpted heels reference fossilized wood—an organic shape rendered in lightweight resin. Unexpected details carry through to necklaces with pearls nestled inside fluted flower buds.
Set: Evoking the unexpected beauty of an ancient ruin, the set is anchored by oversize doors handpainted to look like oxidized copper. The runway resembles a mosaic of cracked marble in muted shades of green, blue and ochre — suggesting the effects of time and nature on beauty.
Beauty: Fresh, dewy faces and loosely swept up hair underscore the collection’s relaxed feel.