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Tory Burch Spring/Summer 2022: Celebrating NYC with a Mercer Street Block Party

Like old good times, Tory Burch, the All-American designer celebrated the comeback to social life and the NYFW calendar on the street with her New Yorker friends in a beautiful event that paid tribute to the city’s traditions and culture. Nothing better than a block party in one of the coolest streets of Soho, NY, with gorgeous models echoing through their looks the vision of a very elegant woman and globally successful entrepreneur! I felt that joy is back in this city thanks to positive thinkers and creative people like Tory. Wouldn’t add anything more than sheer admiration for the originality and sophistication of this event, bringing street culture to the runway in an effortless chic way. Sharing with you additional style points made by the designer herself:

“Our Spring/Summer 2022 collection is inspired by Claire McCardell’s ingenuity and her legacy of American sportswear which revolutionized the way women dress. She discarded the rules of what women should wear, instead problem-solving for the reality of their lives. Her designs instilled a sense of freedom, encouraged self-expression, and empowered women with a casual elegance that is as relevant today as it was in the late 1940s.

The season reflects these then-radical ideas with a mix of versatility, function, integrity, and joy. There are striking contrasts of color, print and fabric. Chiffon and linen, jersey and broderie anglaise; dresses collaged in picnic and Madras plaids, engineered stripes and solids, and color-blocked reversible jersey tops. Waists are softly defined with broad belts, long sashes, and tech-knit bandeaus, balanced by the proportion of full skirts and relaxed trousers.

There is a delicate tension between the retro and the modern. Cat-eye sunglasses and sculptural silver jewelry. Our Lampshade, a new bucket bag silhouette, is the inverse of a 1950s-inspired lampshade hat. This, along with oversized totes, hobos, and crossbody envelopes, is crafted in suede, napa, double top-stitched leather, and T Monogram raffia. An artisanal silver plaque is threaded with a hand-stitched leather logo detail, seen on bags, pendants, and mules. Pointed and rounded flats accented with ankle ties or studs. Included are two reissues of McCardell’s designs: a flat she created with Capezio in 1953, and a striped silk-cotton boot.

This collection is part of our ongoing partnership with the Maryland Center for History and Culture, which houses McCardell’s personal archives. To support the preservation of the designer’s legacy, we established the Tory Burch Claire McCardell Fashion Fellowship at MCHC.”

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