Here wearing the silk shirt and silk carpenter pant, Tory opens up
about the new Resort 2016 collection, its inspirations, prints and palette.
The work of Carl Auböck and the American Southwest. For Resort 2016, this translates to an easy, relaxed collection and a modern take on the homespun. We balanced utilitarian and feminine elements, minimalist shapes with textured fabrics, stitch details, smocking and fringe.
What Southwestern details did you incorporate?
It’s seen in the color palette and print motifs: pale blue, green and dusty reds and pinks worked into desert florals, a deeper-hued leaf pattern and a whimsical conversational print. We wanted to reflect the landscape through textures like smocking and embroidery, which are seen throughout the collection, and basket-woven details on bags and shoes.
Do you have a favorite print?
I never have just one, but I do like how our Sylvan — which I’m wearing here in our silk shirt and silk carpenter pant — mixes a gentler palette with a playful print. There are cacti, bees, birds, clouds and then fruit, old fashioned-telephones and tons of flowers. But we used it on looser silhouettes to create an elegant balance. Elsewhere we created stripes with repeating printed or embroidered ferns or a graphic pattern from a traditional pottery motif.
The collection is great for layering every day. I like the mix of a silk blouse that can be worn with either a matching silk trouser or army green carpenter pants. Or I’ll mix our sweater with a stair-step pattern with a jacquard skirt with basket-weave-like stripes.
What accessories are you most excited about?
I love the dream-catcher necklace — we wrapped it in white leather and added gold-dipped white feathers. Every bag, shoe and piece of jewelry has a special detail that picks up on our inspiration, whether it’s floral embroidery or a line of tassels down the front of a sandal or gold fern cuffs and earrings. Roomy leather bags in rich brown have colorful woven and wrapped straps, while utilitarian brass hardware speaks to the work of Carl Auböck.