Tory Burch’s clothing items always make me want to snuggle up in them and go about my business.
Translation; They are both comfy and fierce. (Albeit not particularly affordable.)
Burch’s latest collection, however, is particularly worth mentioning. And it’s not just because Burch’s signature tailored styles — crisp blouses, shirtwaist frock,s and roomy slacks in striking prints and cool solids — are so fabulous. This resort collection, unveiled last week and set to hit stores in November, was inspired by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Princess Elizabeth of Toro. It suggests the Main Line-bred designer has been critically thinking about the power of women. And, more specifically, what happens when two powerful women come together.
Known for her simple pastel sheaths and perfectly coiffed hair, Jackie O has long been a fashion muse for designers and dignitaries. (Just ask current first lady Melania Trump.) Elizabeth of Toro — a lawyer, in addition to being Ugandan royalty — is equally revered in fashion circles. Zac Posen designed his fall 2017 collection around Elizabeth of Toro, drawing praise when he used all black models on the runway.
It turns out that in real life Jackie O and Elizabeth of Toro were pretty good friends. Thanks to Onassis, Elizabeth became an international model. In 1969, she was the first black model featured on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar.
In this politically charged climate, where racial harmony feels so fleeting, it’s can be no accident that Burch was inspired by this particular friendship in fashion. Burch, who sits at the helm of an eponymous foundation that supports women entrepreneurs, is no doubt keenly aware of how friendships between women can be very empowering.
Through designing strikingly beautiful ensembles replete with elements that are at odds — embellished gowns paired with oversize ribbed sweaters — Burch is clearly stating true beauty lies in diversity.
That’s a sentiment that never needs to go on vacation.