Tory Burch, the Main Line-bred designer who created an empire selling preppy-chic fashions and ballet flats, dedicated her entire fall 2017 collection to Katharine Hepburn's character in The Philadelphia Story.
In the 1940 film, Hepburn plays Tracy Lord, a divorced Main Line socialite. (Talk about art imitating life.)
The line, featured on the New York Fashion Week runway Tuesday, felt fresh, with definite hints of decades past. The Tory Burch scripted monogram was front and center in the show's flurry of white-on-white suiting.
The emphasis was on blouses -- especially those with ties. The trousers, in true Hepburn style, were wide-legged. There were also tailored blazers, long coats, suitable-length skirts. Oversized, chunky sweaters in muted hues added a touch of athleisure to otherwise dressy looks. A few round-necked blazers featured a tapestry-esque textile that Burch cleverly matched with everyday totes. And I must say that the prints, a sweet collection of winter florals and muted plaids, were truly out of this world.