Runway Report: Carolina Herrera

Imagine Carrie Bradshaw crossing paths with the royal’s, and you’re beginning to understand the fundamentals of a Carolina Herrera collection. If designers had a hierarchy, she’d be the preeminent one at the top. Classy and effortlessly elegant, Herrera’s show yesterday took us into an exposition of the perfect woman.

A romantic ingredient has always sleekly swept through Herrera’s craft, which was no different for SS14, only this time we saw more of it with the collection ostensibly focusing on unparalleled gowns. And when we say gowns – we mean beautifully printed and perfectly positioned gowns with overlays using the most delicate of all materials such as chiffon, georgette, tulle and organza. The designer’s inspiration of Kinetic art, specifically from Venezuelan artists Carlos Cruz-Diez and Jesús Rafael Soto, was made apparent from the opening number – a floor sweeping monochrome organza skirt with a uniquely buttoned up white shirt – up until the end where an organza dress made an appearance in black and pink ‘dot printed’ diamonds.

Optical illusions gracefully presented itself down the runway on cocktail dresses and skirts, coming in an assorted palette of the notably burnt oranges, plums, and black and white. Where sophisticated shapes and silhouettes have previously awed all from Herrera’s collections, particularly AW13, this time the designer took a more subtle approach with dresses that seemingly slip on, while introducing a greater deal of white too – which is usually reserved for her bridal collections. Standout pieces included an ivory maxi with a floral applique neckline and a monochrome geometric printed dress that split from center waist, and one collared, black gown (buttoned to the thigh) with a peachy orange underlay that took the form of an exaggerated A-line dress.

For the occasional trousers and blouses, Herrera maintained the delicacy of the collection but used a sportier aesthetic; and as for accessories – to our delight – we saw stoned, oversized statement necklaces that made frequent appearances with gowns.

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