Tory Burch Spring 2012 Collection: Raffia Goes Wild, Tory Turns It Up

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Tory Burch has come a long way since her logo-adorned ballet flats. While her name used to connote a mere brand, she now exudes a true designer. Her Spring collection is innovative, beautiful, and there is nary a logo in sight. Loose tank dresses of silk and chiffon, beaded to shimmery perfection, and layers of beads speak of a young, vacationing Coco Chanel. Appealing to the ladies who lunch, deconstructed tweed jackets also give reference to Chanel.

The clothes suggest the uptown ingénue. Especially paired with a surprising array of flats. Standing out from the be-bowed kitten heel pumps was something very sporty: Tory took old-fashioned golf shoes and opened up the toe for a clever new sandal.

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Even more intriguing, she has made me rethink raffia by completely dissecting, then putting it back together again in her own style. On jackets and hemlines, she shredded it for a fringe-like effect. Bags exploded with the material for a pom-pom-esque flourish. Polka-dot-printed, appliquéd, and embellished raffia all looked fresh and foreign on sweaters, dresses, and lengthy skirts.

Looks like Tory’s found her calling in roughing up and re-refining the classics. Three cheers for the preppy glamour puss!

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