The Carolina Herrera brand always promises to deliver a touch of class. For her Fall/Winter 2014 collection, Ms. Herrera fulfilled her promise with a collection that favored geometric prints and the extravagant gowns that upper-crust socialites consider second skins for their lavish charity galas.
Karlie Kloss opened the show in a black wool jacket with rounded shoulders, pony-skin pencil skirt, and cashmere turtleneck. Oh, and a fez hat – but we’ll get back to that. Post-Kloss, a steady procession of sloped silhouettes emerged, from cropped swing coats to wool cowl-neck sweaters that hung like upside-down, half-crescent moons from the models’ upper bodies. Herrera kept the bottoms – mainly skirts and trousers – straight and non-fussy to offset the drama of the jacket styles. A mix and match of swing-style coats and a palette of burnt copper, deep blue, and chocolate evoked a very 60s, almost stewardess, vibe, with the tight, slicked-back updos and fez hats most certainly contributing to the cause. Short tunic dresses and floor-length gowns were adorned with triangles and trapezoids, and velvet bows cinched several a waist to ensure the right amount of ladylike femininity was added to the overall vision – this is a Carolina Herrera show, after all. For non-patterned dresses, details such as origami pleating at the bodice and asymmetrical necklines kept the looks elegant, innovative, and thoughtful.
The grand finale, and by far the standout piece of the collection, was Look 40, a fire-red silk gown with geometric embroidery, which was as sumptuous as the rich chocolate truffle that one of Mrs. Herrera’s Park Avenue clients might indulge in over a Tuesday afternoon lunch date at The Plaza.
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