Maybe it’s because of my Downton Abbey marathon this weekend, but it feels to me like there’s something a tad Edwardian about Tory Burch Fall 2012. The clothes themselves had more references to midcentury Chanel than to turn-of-the-century British nobility, but something about the way that all of the models were so impeccably covered hit a slightly more traditional note. Not only were sleeves long and hemlines respectable, but the ways that fabrics and embellishments were layered over each other to create pieces that are then layered over pieces of a similar level of intricacy.
The final product is a bit prim, which is the word that Burch herself used to describe the collection, but it’s not prim in a negative way. Instead, it feels ladylike and refined but still wearable enough to work for the Tory customer. I predict strong opinions about the collection’s many plastic flower appliques, but I’ll reserve judgement on them until I can get them into my hot little hands.