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Gallery girls inspire Tory Burch for fall

NEW YORK — The Tory Burch fall collection is good to go, at least into the closet of one store's fashion director.

Burch's city-meets-country look, with sequin-covered tops and dresses, paired with slick waxed cotton jackets and lug-sole boots — high heel ones, of course — packed everything for a weekend getaway very nicely, said Stephanie Solomon of Bloomingdale's at Wednesday's presentation.

"First I'd put on the long gray T-shirt, then they chunky gray tights, the striped sweater, that cape-vest, men's trousers — this is a lot at once, mind you — the gray knit cap and the wedge lace-up boots. I'm ready for fall," Solomon said.

Burch, in her notes handed out the editors, retailers and stylists approaching the home stretch of New York Fashion Week, said she used a palette with lipstick red, cobalt blue as well as must-have caramel, gray and black that remind her of Picasso's "Mosqueteros" exhibit and Gerhard Richter's abstract paintings.

"We are constantly inspired by fashion, art and the way these two worlds influence each other, Burch said in her notes. It's that young woman who's an art enthusiast that served as her muse.

"She has an effortless, eclectic way of dressing and putting things together in unexpected ways," Burch said. She also can pull off paint-splatter leggings, a gray wrap dress with a panel of super-bright red sequins and Solomon's favorite black cape with a chunky safety-pin brooch.

Burch herself wore a dress covered in bronze, gold and silver sequins, but they had a tarnished cast, toning down on glitz for the daytime event.