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Tory Burch goes bicoastal with preppy-yet-cool spring 2017 collection

Tory Burch goes bicoastal with preppy-yet-cool spring 2017 collection

Tory Burch spring 2017 collection look 16
Tory Burch Ahoy print cotton sweater, spinnaker print cotton voile blouse, and cotton twill sailor pant. Photo courtesy of Tory Burch
Tory Burch spring 2017 collection look 25
Tory Burch diamond pattern cotton twill jacket, cotton polo, and cotton pique skirt. And look at those pearls. Photo courtesy of Tory Burch
Tory Burch spring 2017 collection look 40
Tory Burch batik print cotton voile blouse and skirt with cotton cardigan with patches. Photo courtesy of Tory Burch
Tory Burch spring 2017 collection look 1
Tory Burch wool cardigan, garden print georgette blouse, and embellished garden print skirt. Photo courtesy of Tory Burch
Tory Burch spring 2017 collection look 34
Tory Burch suede top, fringed macramé cotton jersey skirt, and bikini bottom. Photo courtesy of Tory Burch
Tory Burch spring 2017 collection look 10
Tory Burch garden print silk georgette top and embellished garden print silk shantung skirt. Photo courtesy of Tory Burch
Tory Burch spring 2017 collection look 23
Tory Burch eyelet pattern cotton top and skirt. Photo courtesy of Tory Burch
Tory Burch spring 2017 collection look 28
Tory Burch cotton sweater, cotton shirt, and twill slacks.  Photo courtesy of Tory Burch
Tory Burch spring 2017 collection look 13
Tory Burch bi-stretch jacket with piping, eyelet pattern cotton top, and marina print linen burlap pant. Photo courtesy of Tory Burch
Tory Burch spring 2017 collection look 2
Tory Burch rope pattern viscose sweater, rope print cotton voile shirt, and Tory Sport pleated skirt. Photo courtesy of Tory Burch
Tory Burch spring 2017 collection look 16
Tory Burch spring 2017 collection look 25
Tory Burch spring 2017 collection look 40
Tory Burch spring 2017 collection look 1
Tory Burch spring 2017 collection look 34
Tory Burch spring 2017 collection look 10
Tory Burch spring 2017 collection look 23
Tory Burch spring 2017 collection look 28
Tory Burch spring 2017 collection look 13
Tory Burch spring 2017 collection look 2

Tory Burch has always had a bit of a split personality. She's built a billion dollar business with styles that are the epitome of East Coast preppiedom. But behind the perfect veneer, there's always an edge. Her "good girl who's ready to have a good time" vibe strikes just the right balance.

The duality was in evidence during New York Fashion Week, where she showed her spring/summer 2017 collection in the pristine surroundings of the Whitney Museum of American Art while models moved to music that included the Bee Gees' "Massachusettes" and Young Thug's "Pick Up the Phone," with the "F" word repeated several times, waking up the sleepy-eyed crowd for the 9 am show.

It all seemed to make perfect sense because the collection, which Burch called "relaxed and effortless," is bicoastal, mixing preppy East Coast looks with California boho styles.

The first half was a salute to New England, where prep reigns supreme. A pink and green cardigan was matched with a garden print skirt, while a navy blue jacket trimmed in white piping was paired with sailboat print pants. One nautical sweater had the word "Ahoy" emblazoned all over it, and some necklaces contained pearls the size of golf balls. (They made former first lady Barbara Bush's trademark pearls look like tiny dots.) 

The second half of the collection was California cool with Coachella-ready clothes — loose and colorful prairie dresses, a fringe macramé skirt worn with a suede top, and a crop top and ankle-length pants in an orange-and-blue batik print. 

It all came together in the last look, as Burch paired a batik print tie-blouse and skirt with a white cotton cardigan emblazoned with patches of the state of Maine, a lobster, a sailboat, and a lighthouse.

At last, East meets West.