“We were inspired by the idea of a prim girl who’s under the spell of the wrong kind of guy. She’s an innocent, unaware of her own sex appeal. The setting? The hotel where they meet. The looks are polished and proper, but with subversive undertones: fitted silhouettes; dresses with nipped waists, and a lot of leather. We watched movies like Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love, and played off the mood and cinematography — saturated colors, especially rich berry and crimson, and classic prints and patterns like wallpaper florals, tweed and chevron. It’s a modern kind of ladylike dressing.” — Tory

Clockwise from top left: Flowers by Irving Penn, Marisa Berenson by Norman Parkinson, sequin close-up, In the Mood for Love,
backstage at the show, floral swatch, Bette Franke, In the Mood for Love’s Maggie Cheung and a chain-link frame bag.

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