NYFW SS19 day 2: Tory Burch, Kate Spade and Ralph Lauren


By Su Fen Tan

NYFW SS19 day 2: Tory Burch, Kate Spade and Ralph Lauren

Tory Burch

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Who: This season, Tory Burch was inspired by the wanderlust spirit of her parents, Buddy and Reva Robinson, adventurers whom used to pack their bags every summer and spend six weeks sailing from Italy and Greece to Morocco and Spain.

Where: Burch worked with landscape architect Miranda Brooks, beautifying the courtyard of Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum to evoke a slice of Italian summer in New York City.

The Low-down: The collection oozed relaxed chic and practicality, just the sort of wardrobe we’d imagine the Tory Burch woman to lounge in on a resort getaway; think crisp white shirt dresses, flowy caftans and tunics, safari suiting, trench coats, and comfy knits, paired with well-worn hats, woven sneakers and lace-up booties. The mostly muted colour palette is punctuated with colourful yet delicate embroidery, boho stripes and scarf prints.

Buro Loves: Burch’s translation of nostalgia into covetable accessories, like the jewellery inspired by the worry beads her father used to wear, and modern iterations of the camera bags her parents’ carried on their travels.


Kate Spade New York

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Who: The collection marks the debut of new creative director Nicola Glass since former longtime chief creative officer Deborah Lloyd stepped down in November last year.

Where: The Celeste Bartos Forum at the New York Public Library was doused in saccharine lilac hues, setting the tone for the show.

The Low-down: “She left a little sparkle everywhere she went”, read the quote on the blush-coloured notecards left on the guest seats—a small but sweet gesture in memory of Kate Spade after her sad passing in June this year. Glass carried the brand founder’s sparkle forward with a bright, spirited collection that shined with retro cues. Blouses with bishop sleeves are layered with pretty frocks and sleeveless knits, ’70s florals and prints deck many an ensemble. Take a closer look and you’ll see the brand’s iconic spade-shaped logo sprinkled throughout the looks, whether it’s incorporated in floral prints or woven together to create the dorie bucket bags.

Buro Loves: How the opening look served as the most graphic yet subtle use of the spade logo—Glass’ artful answer to logomania while staying true to the brand heritage.


Ralph Lauren

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Who: Ralph Lauren celebrates his label’s 50th anniversary in grand, cinematic style—with over a hundred looks, no less. The breadth of respect and admiration for revered designer is reflected in the extensive guest list, which ranged from Hollywood darlings Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to hip-hop extraordinaire Chance the Rapper, as well as fellow designers Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors, just to name some.

Where: “For my 50th anniversary, I wanted to create and share a runway experience that was deeply personal and a summation of the style I’ve always believed in: personal, authentic, and forever, in a place so quintessentially New York and so special to me—Central Park,” said Mr. Lauren. After all, New York City was where he was born and raised, and where it all started.

The Low-down: The designer’s cross-generational appeal was brilliantly executed in the monumental presentation. Cosy, eclectic layering with Western influences started the show, accented with metallic fringes and sequins from time to time for an urban edge. When they came about, the menswear suits exude polished tailoring and a classic sensibility that renders them timeless. A series of lush, mostly velvet evening gowns flaunt opulence and regality, before giving way to the American preppy style that Polo Ralph Lauren has become synonymous with in the past five decades, accompanied by adorable kids in matching childrenswear—the perfect way to close the show.

Buro Loves: A symbolism of heritage, the patchwork motif is expressed in a myriad of ensembles, from a statement coat made with Italian fabrics and Toscana shearling to the stunning gown of 132 patches (as seen on Gigi Hadid) stitched by three master artisans.


NYFW SS19 day 2 in 10 pictures:

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