Tory Burch Spring 2012 Review

tory burch Spring 2012 runway

Photos: Imaxtree

Looks from the Tory Burch Spring 2012 collection

Show: Tory Burch

Theme: Normandy, France

Accessories: Raffia totes, mini backpacks, two-tone oxfords, kitten heels in candy colors, raffia wedges, and layers of colorful beaded necklaces

Hair: Eugene Souleiman

Makeup: Diane Kendal for MAC

Overall takeaway: A very Tory take on Northern France, with shades of the ‘20s and ‘60s

Francophile tunes and a certain “Normandie” print tipped show-goers off that Tory Burch was feeling a bit French for Spring 2012—and her first runway show—though the American designer kept things looking very Tory, regardless of the setting.

There were some looks that had a bit of a ‘20s flair (perhaps Burch recently caught a showing of Midnight in Paris?), like drop-waist dresses, silk pleated skirts worn with little sweaters, and some great floor-length silk chiffon numbers to close. Other looks seemed more in a ‘60s vein, like a great cropped trench in a navy and white jacquard, topping a poppy red, navy and seafoam “floral camouflage” print. Some more timeless, seasonless staples included long-sleeve crepe de chine blouses, cardigan jackets, and cute embellished cocktail dresses.

But regardless of how easy and wearable the clothes were, Burch’s bread and butter has always been accessories (hello, Reva!), and for spring there were some great options, like patent leather menswear-inspired flats, raffia wedges (for those who need a little height), and a cute and colorful array of work-friendly, play-friendly kitten heels.

Like everything Tory Burch, it was easy to wear, unfussy, and always a just a little bit cutesy. Who wouldn’t want to frolic around France in mini knit shorts, pleated skirts, and a smattering of sequins?