Though we tend to think of Tory Burch as old school (specifically the 1970s) glam preppy in the vein of Slim Aarons, her 2020 resort collection channels something different. Burch went back to her country roots or rather her Amish Country roots as the Philadelphia girl had a farm house.
For Resort 2020, the designer looked to the American folk tradition — intricate quilting, gauzy eyelets and craftsy, wildflower embroideries…
The collection has a rustic, homespun charm that finds balance in refined tailoring and festive, high-shine appliqués. There is nature throughout, inspired by the multicolored birds and butterflies from our farm growing up. A sense of free-spiritedness carries through to the accessories from sculptural heels to mixed-material handbags.
Think rushed sleeves, buttery leather as well as florals and quilting but nothing that is over exaggerated (and you certainly won’t be seeing any bonnets, which did appear on some other runways this year.)
Like everything Burch does, there is a pleasant modesty to it. Mixed in with these rather pastoral patterns are Burch’s signature geometric shapes and bold greens and neat coats.
Tory Burch went back to American folk art, and where she grew up, Pennsylvania Dutch [country]. That was the starting point — lightly referenced.