Runway Report: Carolina Herrera Spring 2016

Ethereal, feminine and sophisticated sex appeal, that’s what Carolina Herrera’s SS16 collection was made of.

It was the season of the rose for Carolina and her palette of blush, lilac, lavender and white (for beauty and fabrics) certainly helped push this idea to the forefront (the floral appliqués, leather and organza paillettes on many of her pieces also helped).

She made it about allure, illusion and sensuality; precisely piecing together sheer and solid panels of fabric – like organza, chiffon and leather – to form everything from ballgowns to body hugging dresses and sleeveless blouse’s as they floated down the Frick’s courtyard. Trims and embellishments were placed wisely and with meaning – feathers dancing down the center front of a pale pink ballgown, intricate embroidery swirling along a navy skirt ensemble and sequins and studs lining the seams of collars or forming shapes similar to leaves left each silhouette accentuated and enticing to wear.

The CH signature collared blouse was forever present showing up in airy blush chiffon shirt dresses while for this season tech fabrics got a moment in the CH spotlight as they were implemented in ankle grazing dresses it was pleating (knife, box and sunburst) that truly got the spotlight as it was used in over half of the pieces within the collection.

In the end, it was Carolina herself who summed it up best; ‘In fashion it is important to keep a little mystery. I design clothes that are seductive and sensual, but I always leave something for the imagination. Fashion, after all, is about fantasy.”

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Jillian Magenheim is the Editorial Director and Director of Partnerships for She is also a digital media consultant for various fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on Twitter @Magenhaz and on Instagram @jillianrose_m