Carolina Herrera Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2016 New York
This season designer Carolina Herrera moved her fashion show to the rarefied air of The Frick museum on the Upper East Side of New York. The more intimate setting made for a perfect backdrop to a collection filled with pieces designed for uptown girls with taste.
Herrera, who knows elegance like the back of her hand, outdid herself this season. She created a wardrobe of designs that felt both modern and sophisticated in the way she played with transparency and used the model's skin, or the inference of it, to bring a controlled seductive style into being.
The collection, which was dominated by petal pink blooming flower shades, had as a common thread the graphic power of the line running through it. From the first calmly minimal ensembles that used panels of opaque fabric on a sheer tulle base through a jacket covered in dramatic springy feather strips, to a coat crafted with three dimensional sections of fabric embellished like morse code down the length of the garment, the line was ever present.
There were also subtler plays on concept. Layering of feather light organza hinted at the idea as did the honeycomb neoprene dresses that added a dash of high-tech to all the delicate fabrics.
When Herrera wasn't giving her clothes an appealing linear allure, she turned to her beloved blooms for a more voluptuous alternative. They looked lovely, if more traditional, as prints on organza dresses and more intriguing when constructed from petal-like paillettes sprouting from the bodice of a gown.
All of these amazing touches could fully be appreciated thanks to the new up-close-and-personal show venue. A thoughtful gesture by a gracious host who really knows how to make a woman feel special.