Harking the arrival of Spring 2013, florals come into play with the cotton dresses peppered with yellow blossoms and vibrant floral appliqués judging by the looks of Tory Burch’s latest runway collection. Wheat prints are also featured prominently on silk faille and cotton jackets, dresses and skirts. Rich texturing comes in the form of intricate knitwork, crochet and embroidery, executed artfully on guipure lace, organza and raffia. The mexican tribal theme is also revisited with sequins and a variety of beads, giving the pieces a funky Aztec look and feel.

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My two favourite looks personified Chinois chic – a ceramic blue printed linen dress with wheat prints and a yellow honeycomb-eyelet organza dress which was clearly inspired by traditional Oriental dresses!

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What impressed me most about the showcase was how Tory Burch has managed to marry these divergent themes beautifully to create a unified collection which is not only wearable, but highly desirable as well. It’s the sort of clothing begging to be taken away for a nice vacation trip.

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It’s particularly refreshing to see a design philosophy which aims for refined elegance, rather than an over emphasis on silhouettes and sensuality. Tory Burch would sit very well with women who desire a modest yet stylish appeal!

Oh and did I mention? The brand has opened their first Southeast Asian flagship boutique at Wisma Atria, occupying a prime retail space alongside another iconic American fashion house, Coach.

The first thing you’ll notice as you walk in is how the interior resembles that of a posh residence, rather than a lofty fashion boutique. Complete with a living room area and several rooms, the store looks like an upscale showroom and provides for a very homely shopping experience.

Images: Tory Burch