Resort collections have finally begun to peek out from behind the April showers and May flowers. And while these collections won't be available in stores until November, the pieces certainly inspire us for new looks to beat the summer heat.
Last week, Tory Burch debuted her Santa Fe-inspired Resort 2012 collection. The pieces are a a new nod to the old West, with a mix of red clay, rose and golden yellow coloring, relaxed silhouettes and bold patterns. Personally, I can't get enough of the first look I've featured. The khaki-trimmed ivory tunic will always be a TB classic but it's funked up a bit when layered with a bright floral pattern. The red bag adds just the right amount of pop to this easy, chic outfit. I could definitely see adding a big pair of rustic turquoise earrings or an architectural metal cuff to make it my own.
But maxi skirts and dresses are still all the rage. I can imagine SEVERAL of my boho-chic friends- not to mention my sister!- in the eye-catching skirt above. We short ladies may face difficulty when trying to wear such a long, elaborate pattern but on the right body, this piece would be beautiful all year long.
Tory's earth tones and pops of pattern offer an interesting alternative to the neons and sorbets offered by other designers. Not that I don't appreciate a bright hue, it's just that I'm excited to see a nod to the wild, wild West. The entire collection reminds me of a Georgia O'Keeffe painting...feminine, bright, bold and sophisticated.
via Whitney Museum of American Art
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