Tory Burch is the consummate hostess. Holding her Spring 2020 runway show at Beaux-Arts Court in the Brooklyn Museum, the trek to the venue isn’t something that most of the Manhattan-centric fashion press and buyers are used to, especially in the morning. But Burch, having thrown her fair share of swanky shindigs, made it all worthwhile.
A table filled with every conceivable pastry, from scones to chiffon cakes, greeted guests as they walked in. Coffee and fruity chilled beverages were also passed around, along with miniature frittatas and cream-filled crêpes. But this wasn’t the sweetest part of the event. This distinction goes to 39 looks that graced the aisles, inspired by Princess Diana. More accurately, Burch took references from her style in the ’80s, before her ultra-glam makeover a decade later. “I have been fascinated with since I was young,” she expressed in her show notes. “Clearly, she was a style icon, but I loved her fearlessness, her intelligence and, most of all, her humanity.”
This reimagining of Diana’s style is realized in a selection of billowy dresses with bishop sleeves, pussy-bow blouses, polka-dot prints, and sleek trousers that flare at the bottom. Dainty floral patterns, modeled after napkins, play a prominent role, along with maritime motifs such as rope belts, gold buttons, stripes, and admiral-esque suits. The best pieces, though, were a ruched dress and a romper in a graphic painterly print in blue, lime green, bronze and burnt orange that gave the prim-and-proper collection and bit of edge, befitting the reputation of the Brooklyn Museum.
Check out the Tory Burch Spring 2020 collection in the slideshow: