Style Setter: Tory Burch

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Tory Burch
is the epitome of modern all-American style and elegance. The successful designer has become an icon in her own right. Burch, who will present her Spring 2011 collection at Lincoln Center on Wednesday, September 15th, took a break from show prep to share her inspirations, hidden talents, and early memories of Lincoln Center.

What's inspiring you now?
I am inspired by everything from art to nature to different cultures. I went to Peru with my family this summer and was in awe of the beauty all around us—the colorful textiles, the culture and the landscape were all extraordinary.

I know your mother Reva is your ultimate style icon, but who else's style do you admire?
There are so many women I admire, from Katharine Hepburn and Bianca Jagger to Cate Blanchett. Their personal styles are so effortlessly chic and unique.

What's the last song you downloaded?
I recently downloaded “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars. He is an incredibly talented singer and songwriter.

What are your hidden talents?
I love interior design and have always been inspired by David Hicks’ graphic, colorful prints. I would love to do a home collection at some point.

Do you have any memorable Lincoln Center moments?
I have always loved the ballet. I have fond memories of going to Lincoln Center with my parents and now take my children. It’s such an iconic part of New York.

What cartoon character do you most identify with and why?
I think Betty Cooper from the Archie comics is a great character. She likes the outdoors, sports and music—she even plays in Archie’s band.

What is the oldest thing in your closet?
My mother has handed down some amazing things to me, like a vintage gold minaudière and a ruched Norman Norell dress.

Where would you like to travel next?
There are so many places I would love to visit. My design team and I went to Rajasthan, India last year, and I would love to go back and explore the southern states like Goa and Kerala.