Mood board: For Autumn/Winter 2019, Tory Burch was inspired by the trailblazing approach of Black Mountain College, the experimental college founded in 1933, which inevitably shaped the direction of modern art in America. Alma mater to luminaries such as Josef and Anni Albers, Buckminster Fuller and Allen Ginsberg, the school’s reputation for innovative thinking was reflected in Burch’s collection of revamped classics.

Best in show: Amongst the array of romantic dresses, floral Paisley prints and menswear-inflected tailoring, Burch embedded a feeling of liberation in the collection by embracing a mix and match attitude and adding gestures like knife pleating, sculpturally ruffled collars and diaphanous caftan-like shapes. Rather than just being simply pretty, the collection’s dresses (a perennial Tory Burch strong suit) exuded a reinvigorated sense of direction, while still being refined and ladylike.

Finishing touches: The feminine collection was capped off with a cool approach to accessories, which ranged from glass hoop earrings to loafers in velvet and leather with brass hardware. Roomy, deconstructed versions of the label’s Lee handbag and tall block-heeled boots served as structural counterpoints to the softness of the garments for a modern, wearable appeal. §