Sunday, February 22, 2009

Tory Burch Fall 2009: Ladylike Goth


To me, Tory Burch has become synonymous with a classic, preppy sensibility that is heavily reminiscent of my high school days (think J.Crew, kilts, logos, and WASPs to get an idea of what it was like). This season, however, Burch reinvented herself somewhat--I say "somewhat" because while she introduced some gothic-girl elements (leather leggings, masculine motorcycle boots, and a darker palette), she stayed true to her winning formula of girly-girl ensembles fit for a Madison Avenue queen like Blair Waldorf.

1. The jacket is borderline goth, but the boxy shape and matching clutch inject a touch of civilized style:



2. A casual prepster look is amped up by a chunky necklace, a nubby vest, and rocker boots:


3. I love the wintry princess quality of this look. The metallic finishes and fur transform this into a fantasy outfit perfect for a Narnia without Aslan:


4. I love the severity of the fur vest. If you're going to buy anything this winter, buy a long fur vest! It will transform every outfit (pair with leather leggings for an edgier version):


5. This is perhaps the most typical Tory Burch look (cardigan, blouse, skirt), but the texture and print here are what make them different:

5 comments:

I Like Stuff said...

I think this is quite an upgrade for her. Usually her collections look like South Beach and the Hamptons had an illegitimate love-child. But this I like.

miss cavendish said...

Am glad to see Tory Burch stretching her vision. I do find her fit problematic (laaarge bust) but that's not necessarily a problem with a vest . . .

goldenmeans said...

wow, really nice. i'm surprised (but pleased) at the studded belts. and i love the skirt (dress?) in look #3 and possibly need every single darn thing in #5.

Danz said...

Beautiful collection! I love how she played with textures, especially in the 2nd, 4th and 5th looks.

Nini Nguyen said...

Oh woww... I can't believe it's Tory Burch collection. It's really a step up for her. Great job TORY...