Monday, September 14, 2015

Carolina Herrera Spring 2016 NYFW


It’s been quite a while since a review appeared from me about this collection. Ms. Herrera has always been one of the “chicest” of designers but her collections have gone from “our lady of the sleeves” to Boho to arty and now back to chic, feminine and wearable clothes that afford women the opportunity of looking beautiful when wearing them.
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The color palette is soft. The silhouettes are relaxed. The overall take is that the collection is not a one season wearing. These are clothes that can be worn more than once without ever worrying about being a me too, looking dated or caring about what’s in and what’s out. One might say trendless but the connotation is bad so it is safer and more polite to say the clothes transcend trend.
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Happily Ms. Herrera has stuck to her guns and made the leap from ladies who lunch clothes to that of a wardrobe that exudes urbane and cosmopolitan attitude in a less of a tight assed buttoned up way than in the past. One needs only to look at the prescience of the late Oscar de la Renta; He was a designer who saw the future and broadened his vision to include young women as well as the staid social set.
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In a season that has produced far too many ill-conceived collections as well as too many designers who offer too little, Carolina Herrera has returned to what gave her a sterling reputation and now can be counted among those who have found their path again. We can only hope she stays this path and doesn’t veer to far astray in the future.
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