02/12/2013 01:19 EST | Updated 04/14/2013 05:12 EDT

Tory Burch transforms bugs and beetles from creepy crawly to ladylike looks at NY Fashion Week

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Bugs and beetles weren't so creepy on Tory Burch's runway Tuesday at New York Fashion Week. In fact, Burch turned them into lovely, ladylike looks.

"I love bugs — at least from a design standpoint," she said in a backstage interview at the Pierre Hotel, a new, elegant venue for the designer.

She decorated a chiffon button-down shirt with scarabs and used jeweled ones on a silk skirt. Embellished dragonflies were subtly placed on some of the shoes — remember Burch's roots are in accessories — making them an instant, must-have status symbol.

But Burch didn't go looking in dark corners for inspiration. She tried to envelop metallic fabrics, the textures of Gustav Klimt's portraits and a free-spirited mood all into the overarching theme of Art Nouveau.

She found inspiration in many weekend outings to The Neue Galerie. "I was an art history major. ... I just like to go to see the Klimts. I love his attention to colour, detail and texture."

Burch ran with those features on a blush-colored, shredded-chiffon skirt suit covered in flower-shaped paillettes, and a navy embroidered and beaded chiffon dress covered with pleats. It was a look for day, evening or any time.

The finale dress in a very light pink satin georgette with a polo-style beaded collar and miniature peplum wasn't quite for all occasions, but it would be a good excuse to find one.


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