Tory Burch A/W 2020 New York Fashion Week Women’s

Tory Burch A/W 2020 New York Fashion Week Women’s

Scene setting: Artistic inspirations and female independence were running high at Tory Burch’s A/W 2020 show this morning. The uptown galleries of Sotheby’s had been specially outfitted with porcelain artworks by New York sculptor Francesca DiMattio, who ‘knits’ fabric threads into figurative giant sculptures. Burch also cited the frustrations of ‘Judith Leyster, one of the great Dutch Masters, who was misattributed after her death simply because she was a woman’.

Best in show: Hits were plentiful. A series of billowing bib-front day dresses felt like an opportunity for Tory’s well-tailored women to enjoy something a little more feminine. Evening dresses in exuberantly printed silk with sequinned flourishes made ‘artful’ feel ‘effortless’. Home-spun knitwear included a bubble gum pink crewneck and a hand-needled Aran with floral patterns. Long boots were as strong as the bags, which now includes the new Elenor shoulder bag.

Team work: Ed Filipowski, much-loved founder of KCD and Burch’s long time PR and friend, passed away in January. His memory was noted in the programme. American singer Alice Smith opened the show walking through the galleries with a soulful rendition of the 1963 classic, You Don’t Own Me. And Burch’s SVP of Design, Alistair Carr continues to bring his rigorous design credentials into the mix (he’s previously chalked up time at Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Pringle of Scotland on his resume). §

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