ELLE talks to Tory Burch

Tory Burch talks about key pieces in her AW16 collection, and reveals what she'd be doing if she wasn't a designer

By Andrea Tim | Published: 22 Nov 2016

ELLE talks to Tory
Photo: Tory Burch

Tory Burch knows what it is to want to wear something that takes the least effort, but looks glamorous all the same. Her AW16 collection, which showed at New York Fashion Week in February this year, mixes the comfort of sporty and equestrian looks with the elegant appeal of her creative prints. We caught up with the designer herself to steal a few inspired thoughts about her collection.

How does easy luxury meet holiday classics in your designs?
All of our collections have an effortless vibe, from eveningwear to outerwear, with designs that balance disparate ideas – feminine and tomboy, classic and modern. Our peplum dress and tunic in metallic pink chiffon are great examples: they are festive, but relaxed – perfect for the holidays.

Slinky, metallic chiffon looks from Tory Burch AW16 (Photo:

Describe your collection in three words.
Nonchalance, tomboy, chic.

Which is your favourite bag and what do you love about it?
I love our Gemini Link Shoulder Bag (pictured above) – it's a graphic abstraction of our double 'T' logo. But I am also really excited about our Alastair handbag collection, which is named after my first horse. It converts from a shoulder bag to a clutch, and we did it in suede, felt, flannel and striped eel. It's a great day-to-evening option.

Tell us about the large horse motif you put on a few dresses. Is there a way you might incorporate your Gemini Link into a print one day?
The print is based off the kinds of scenes you see on ancient pottery and reliefs, but it's oversized, almost abstract. We have never considered blowing up the Gemini Link motif in the same way. Right now, it's featured across ready-to-wear and accessory designs, from a wool-jacquard pattern to hardware on handbags, belts and loafers.

Tory Burch's horse motif (Photo:


What's in your bag?
A pair of sunglasses (for sunny days), my Blackberry (for email), my iPhone (for everything else) and candy (it's my weakness!).

What's a must-have fashion item?
I always love a great suit. They can be worn all the time.

Beauty product you can't live without?
My beauty routine is simple but sunscreen and a good moisturiser are essential.

What would you be doing if not fashion design?
A psychiatrist – I love problem-solving.

The Tory Burch AW16 collection is available at all Tory Burch boutiques.


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