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New York Fashion Week: Tory Burch

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Tory Burch had her first formal runway show Tuesday, and her collection held up as beautifully as ones that cost three times as much.

Using a soft palette of seaside pales such as aqua and seashell pink, and referencing the romanticism of the 1920s, was a departure for Burch, the queen of 1960s and '70s style, brash geometric prints, boho tunics and chunky gold hardware.

Now that everyone else has jumped on that bandwagon, Burch has moved on. There was a new softness to drop-waist pleated silk skirts in wave or pastel geometric prints, feminine blouses, to-die-for raffia-trimmed silk chiffon jackets and sweeping floor-length dresses with matching ropes of beads.

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What was impressive is how grand the clothes looked -- for the price -- and the number of special details Burch was able to incorporate, such as a new cursive monogram embroidered on a polo sweater, and a tassel tie belt on a striped dropped-waist dress. Rounding out the collection were solid-looking cotton blazers, ankle-length pants and menswear-inspired kiltie oxford shoes.

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It's looking like the big news for  spring will be color and pattern play, and it was a trip to see a model coming down Burch's runway with top-handle purse in the same navy camouflage floral print as the one on her pants. Matchy-matchy, just like our mothers did.

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-- Booth Moore

Photos: Looks from the Tory Burch spring 2012 runway collection shown during New York Fashion Week. Credit: Fernanda Calfat /Getty Images; Richard Drew / Associated Press; Allison Joyce / Reuters

 
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