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Tory Burch Fall 2019 - Runway Review

For her fall collection, Tory Burch sought inspiration in, uniquely enough, Black Mountain College -- a highly influential institution that opened in rural North Carolina in 1933. Now shuttered, the college boasts Buckminster Fuller, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombley, among its many prestigious alumnus. 

Burch worked the theme via a collection whose quirkiness was evident in the form of its many floral-print dresses, both in midi and maxi lengths. In a nod to the interactions between the school's bold-faced names, emphasizing manipulation of fabric, of note was one pleated and patch-worked from a bevy of prints, paired with a dramatic long down puffer lined in one of the dress's floral prints. Unusual, yes, but also exuberant and just accessible enough for a mainstream clientele. Also fabulous was a plaid trench with tan leather piping and buttons. 

Furthering the show's nod to inclusivity and progression, and with a continued bouyancy in her step, Burch showed elegant double-breasted wool coats with interesting brushed-gold toggle hardware and single-breasted styles with closures reminiscent of Fuller's geodesic designs. All along, a key footwear silhouette featured a patchwork leather knee-high boots with gold heels.