“Marrakech meets Chelsea” — whether the New York or London district was not specified, but that was the Tory Burch line for her autumn collection
One look at the worn, patterned Moroccan carpets that were on the runway, and used as a backdrop, explained the story.
And Those rugs worked as magic carpets for this version of twenty-first century Bohemia.
The designer, wearing a dress with a rusty North African pattern, defined the look: a new and polished version of Seventies Hippie Luxe.
It is tough to take on a Moroccan theme without turning it into a parade of sandals and carpetbags. Those generous carrier bags were there, but in a sophisticated way, like the Berber jewellery influences.
Tory did not dig too deep into the artistic heritage — any more than she did last year with her Picasso — inspired summer collection
There were also sleek, tailored pieces for winter 2015, starting with a tailored coat in a jacquard pattern, worn with streamlined pants, not some gypsy skirt.
The masculine-feminine look was as gently done as the faded rug patterns. In many cases, perhaps just a plaid coat or a skirt with a single, blown-up ethnic-patterned square. By contrast, a full-on Moroccan-patterned top was the height of elegant simplicity.
Tory has developed the idea of taking a subject and running with it — but within the parameters of her own style. The show of Marrakesh-made-chic was a fine example of her skills.