#SuzyNYFW Tory Burch: Happy Wanderer

With a garden runway lined with lemon trees and models dressed in Moroccan caftans or smart versions of hippie accessories, the Tory Burch show suddenly broke into the music of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Mrs Robinson’.

“She was Mrs Robinson,” the designer said of her mother Reva and father Buddy Robinson, whom she describes as “adventurers” who took their daughter on far-flung trips every summer.

“My father travelled to Morocco and carried worry beads. When I look at their pictures I see that laid-back elegance of the Sixties and Seventies,” Tory said, explaining the inspiration behind her Spring/Summer 2019 show.

It was, as she suggested, an eclectic collection of 45 pieces, each with a whiff of the Orient, the seashore, or other sunny locales that the family Robinson travelled to.

The result was a show that was marginally tougher and rougher than Tory’s more familiar pretty prints. Instead, the presentation opened with white, spiced with black; or with a dry, dusty beige sometimes warmed by that favourite Seventies hue – orange. Tory, also dressed in that evocative shade, finished her show by giving her mother a warm embrace.

The overall effect was of getting away from it all, in pretty and wearable summer clothes with a tinge of the exotic. They included striped cotton tunics, a meld of Moroccan raffia and linen, and cotton jacquard skirts.

Some prints were described as ‘Something Wild’. Of course, these charming visions of the Maghreb seem a world away from its current edgy climate.

But Tory Burch at heart is an uptown American designer, and seeing her remembrance of things past among perfumed greenery offered a charming summer respite.