Speculation has been rampant lately--as evidenced by a story in this morning's WWD--that Tory Burch may be ready for an IPO. And having watched her growth for the last two years now (this is my fifth season covering her shows) and observing how her shoes and bags have taken over my hometown in the Midwest, it looks like she definitely has the chops to make it happen.
Last season Burch staged her first-ever runway show. This season the show was again held at Alice Tully Hall, but the designer added an extra turn on the runway to accomodate several more rows of chairs. And the chairs were full--Anna Wintour was there (I believe for the first time ever) as were all the major US editors and retailers (oh, and Anna Dello Russo, too, in a black shiny fascinator that looked like it was made of plastic.)
Burch is refreshingly straight-forward, and so are her show's line sheets: "For fall, we were inspired by the idea of a prim girl who's under the spell of the wrong kind of guy. She's an innocent, unaware of her own sex appeal." To that end Burch showed her signature ladylike pieces, with a tiny bit of sex thrown in--a deep keyhole neckline, nipped waists, and leather.
This was also one of the more luxe collections Burch has shown. Handpainted leather pieces showcased a plaid pattern, and dresses were often subtly sequined and sprinkled with appliqued blooms. Rich textures were made richer by the jewel-toned palette.
This collection should make buyers, Tory fans, and potential investors very happy indeed.