This is the first I'm seeing of Tory Burch's presentation on Sunday, even though I was there. What was billed as a "presentation" of Burch's fall 2011 collection--which usually means models stand still while people walk around looking at them--meant that everyone had to wait on a long line to then wait on another long line to wait for the next presentation to begin. So basically it was a fashion show--played on a loop and without any seats.
I imagine this format was intended to maximize the number of eyeballs on the clothes, but, in the end, I don't think anyone could see much. Certainly not my sorry 5'3" self. It made me wonder about the future of Fashion Week: would we all be better-served to watch a livestream... while sitting down? (True: I'm lazy.)
What I didn't see at the presentation turns out to be quite a courageous collection: plaid pants and coats that remind me of so many thrift store finds that I've passed over. But if anyone can make the 1970s New Canaan, Connecticut look (which I'm a huge fan of..."The Ice Storm," anyone?) fresh for fall, it's Ms. Burch, who does the '70s thing quite beautifully, as evidenced in her ultra-pretty Spring/Summer 2011 collection.
And the Tory Burch publicist assured me they would never use that presentation format again. Hallelujah.