According to Tory Burch, next spring's garden party attire is all about the flowy, the florals and the flats

Elizabeth Wellington, STAFF COLUMNIST

Updated: Friday, September 8, 2017, 6:33 PM

Model on the catwalk Tory Burch show, Detail, Spring Summer 2018, New York Fashion Week, USA – 08 Sep 2017 (Rex Features via AP Images)

The invitation to Tory Burch’s Friday morning New York Fashion week runway show warned attendees that traffic on the east side would likely be horrendous because, after all, school buses are back on the streets adding the city’s constant congestion.

But that was clearly contained to the outside of the venue.

Burch’s spring/summer 2018 collection was a sartorial exercise in serenity. Burch, who sits at the helm of one of the most successful women’s sportswear brands, and who calls Valley Forge home, took her colorful inspiration from the late British interior designer David Hicks. While the prints were a mix of bold stripes, punchy-hued flowers on spindly vines, the clothing was much more ethereal in nature.

Bold, audacious, brilliant. David Hicks redefined interiors. His fearless and witty take on color and print and his exquisite attention to detail have made a lasting impression on me. For #ToryBurchSS18, we’re honored to work with the legendary designer’s scrapbooks given to us by his son. Immeasurable thanks to @ashleyhicks1970 for this collaboration.

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We are talking wide-legged trousers, blouses with mandarin collars and wrap dresses with the awkward past the knee length that used to look dowdy, but is now really cool. Some of the dresses were covered with metallic paillettes for a looks that are nighttime chic, yet clearly meant to be worn in the day. Under the models’ arms, Burch placed totes from her accessories line, that models cleverly carried like clutches. And it looked like many of them had yoga mats in prints that matched their outfits.

Everything about this collection was whimsical in a very practical matter — the shoes were pointy flats, so the models walked with ease unheard of at New York Fashion Week.

No wonder I longed for the entire collection.

Elizabeth Wellington, STAFF COLUMNIST

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