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New York Fashion Week: It's a bug's life for Tory Burch

10:01 AM, Feb 13, 2013   |    comments
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: A model walks the runway at the Tory Burch Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Pierre Hotel on February 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
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NEW YORK -- Who knew that diminutive designer Tory Burch had such a big thing for insects? "I've always loved bugs ... as a decorative element," she said Tuesday.

That affinity was apparent at her fall show, which was anything but creepy-crawly. Burch took a trip to the past, drawing from art nouveau for a collection that was crawling with all sorts of creatures.

The collection "was inspired by art nouveau and Gustav Klimt and the crystal of (Rene) Lalique," she explained after the show. "That era had a lot of scarabsand dragonflies."

The dragonfly motif showed up on the backs of gorgeous velvet heels, on dangly earrings and on heavy-duty necklaces that bounced rhythmically against models' chests as they walked the runway.

Arienne Thompson, USA TODAY

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