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In Full Color: A Peek Inside Tory Burch's Life

Hold your preconceived notions about this design icon. Ballet flats are just the beginning of "In Color," a kaleidoscope of influences and experiences that restored my faith in lifestyle books.

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Color is kind of my “thing.” Okay, I have a few “things,” but color is definitely one of them. Anyone who’s walked past my office has seen my wall of color-coded bookshelves, below -- it’s even become a stop on the MSLO visitor tour! To me, color is more than just something we see. It’s a total sensory experience that helps us (or me, anyway) understand the world.

 

So I hardly need to explain why I’m Freaking Out -- capital F, capital O -- over Tory Burch’s new lifestyle book, “Tory Burch: In Color.” But because there’s so much more to this artful tome than its gorgeous cover (and a foreword by Vogue editor Anna Wintour), I’m excited to share a sneak peek into why Tory’s book inspires me more than any book has in a long, long time.

Traveling the Pages

The structure of this book is what makes it exceptional. Arranging the chapters by color is genius, and not just because I think that way too! The journey from Tory’s signature orange to sparkly gold sets a pace and tells a story without forcing you to approach it one particular way. Each section has just enough routine to stay focused but never monotonous. I both wanted to get to the next page and dreaded reaching the end.

From Tory to You

Those ballet flats made Tory a household name, but there’s so much more to the world that she inhabits: a bright, inquisitive blur of family and travel and color, all of which fuel this amazing creative energy. What a gift to be welcomed into that world.

  • Mind's Eye View
    Mind's Eye View

    Tory has an innate sense of proportion that makes her photos striking and original. The way she composes an image in her head shapes the story she tells. It's a story I want to keep reading.

  • Drink It All In
    Drink It All In

    Tory shares her personal photos but also her playlists and her cocktail recipes. There’s no affectation, no pandering -- simply an invitation to try it her way, if we’d like. It’s all casual and exotic and so, so hospitable.

  • Rest at Attention
    Rest at Attention

    What, your vacation photo albums don't look like this? It requires real insight to take in that view, recognize something special, and file it away for later.

  • Rhapsody in Blooms
    Rhapsody in Blooms

    I love everything about this delphinium arrangement -- the blue-and-white combo, the unapologetic grandeur. When it's time to celebrate, go big or go home.

  • Art in Action
    Art in Action

    I look at this photo, which was taken in Peru, and I can see the texture becoming a corduroy fabric, or the shapes morphing into a structured silhouette. Her creative process is fascinating to watch.

  • Blossom Buddies
    Blossom Buddies

    Among design types, "What's your favorite flower?" is one of those icebreakers that speaks volumes. Tory loves zinnias, which I think are at their best in bright orange. The fact that she chose this photo tells me we're on the same page.

  • All in the Family
    All in the Family

    Tory's appreciation for family is a thread that appears in everything she does. It's an important side of her personality, and I'm glad she's chosen to make it a visible part of her brand.

  • New-Fashioned Elegance
    New-Fashioned Elegance

    There's nothing especially fashionable about roses and boxwood, so I love that this photo makes the cut alongside her edgier images. Classic can still be relevant, in design or in dress.

  • Mind's Eye View
    Mind's Eye View

    Tory has an innate sense of proportion that makes her photos striking and original. The way she composes an image in her head shapes the story she tells. It's a story I want to keep reading.

  • Art in Action
    Art in Action

    I look at this photo, which was taken in Peru, and I can see the texture becoming a corduroy fabric, or the shapes morphing into a structured silhouette. Her creative process is fascinating to watch.

  • Drink It All In
    Drink It All In

    Tory shares her personal photos but also her playlists and her cocktail recipes. There’s no affectation, no pandering -- simply an invitation to try it her way, if we’d like. It’s all casual and exotic and so, so hospitable.

  • Blossom Buddies
    Blossom Buddies

    Among design types, "What's your favorite flower?" is one of those icebreakers that speaks volumes. Tory loves zinnias, which I think are at their best in bright orange. The fact that she chose this photo tells me we're on the same page.

  • Rest at Attention
    Rest at Attention

    What, your vacation photo albums don't look like this? It requires real insight to take in that view, recognize something special, and file it away for later.

  • All in the Family
    All in the Family

    Tory's appreciation for family is a thread that appears in everything she does. It's an important side of her personality, and I'm glad she's chosen to make it a visible part of her brand.

  • Rhapsody in Blooms
    Rhapsody in Blooms

    I love everything about this delphinium arrangement -- the blue-and-white combo, the unapologetic grandeur. When it's time to celebrate, go big or go home.

  • New-Fashioned Elegance
    New-Fashioned Elegance

    There's nothing especially fashionable about roses and boxwood, so I love that this photo makes the cut alongside her edgier images. Classic can still be relevant, in design or in dress.

The Color of Curiosity

I've had the privelege of traveling with Tory in Thailand and Morocco. Watching her take in the culture abroad is a revelation. She asks questions; she gets her hands dirty. She really sees what she sees. It gives me a thrill to see that attitude show up in her work.

The Instagram Effect

I enjoy sharing photos on Instagram, but it’s created an unfortunate photography trend where even professional shoots are made to look “real” (read: sloppy). As a stylist, I have a very low threshold for that aesthetic. Tory’s shots are clean and composed, but not “done” to the point of looking dated. She shows that a thoughtful aesthetic can still be modern.

One to One

Just as art is born from reality, Tory the person and Tory the brand are one. She lives a life that informs her designs, and she uses her work to bring others along with her. Reading this book was like visiting with an inspiring friend -- one who lives in full color, both on the page and off.

Buy "Tory Burch: In Color"

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