#SuzyNYFW: Manhattan In Flower
Tory Burch: Wearing her heart on her chest
Idon’t just think of David Hicks revolutionising design – I think of flamboyance,” said Tory Burch, pointing to the drawings on her silky outfit that came from the scrapbooks and archives of the late British artist of interiors.
The result was a surge of summer love in this New York Fashion season for spring/summer 2018. And by holding her show in the gardens of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in Manhattan, the designer entrenched her position as both an artist with print and an uptown girl.
With past ideas for patterns including Kilim rugs and Picasso’s pottery, the David Hicks inspiration, in collaboration with his son Ashley, worked well as a modern expression of elegance in print.
Geometric and floral motifs were a winning effect for this collection, curves and straight lines balancing each other and even appearing as flat metallic floral jewellery.
“For me, prints aren’t for everyone and they’re so personal – it’s hard to get prints to be universal,” said Tory, “But one thing that Ashley Hicks said to me about this print I am wearing is that his father would have hated it because he was so interested in symmetry – he would say I couldn’t make up my mind! But that’s why I wore it – and why I love it!”
Jason Wu: Twisted flowers
The floral decoration dotted around the Jason Wu show location was glamorous, glorious – overwhelming. More so than the show itself.
For these summer blooms with their reference to the abundance of nature should have enhanced the flower-patterned outfits or the more sober dresses in navy and black.
Instead, the wrap-around dresses, although graceful and stylish, looked slightly timid for a designer who dressed the former first lady for memorable political engagements.