Carolina Herrera’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection shown at Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week did a refreshing take on spring flowers, showing an array of light chiffon and silk pieces in canary yellow, grass green, and white.
“Fashion is to please your eye, shapes and proportions are for your intellect.” — Carolina Herrera to the International Herald Tribune
With star-studded attendees like Renée Zellweger and big-haired Nicki Minaj causing paparazzi mayhem (especially with her assigned seating between two important fashion editors-in-chief, including Ms. Anna Wintour), the show started off with quite the buzz. Having done my tenth grade report on Herrera in a fashion design class, I must admit I felt like a school girl about to encounter my childhood hero who, instead of being an actress or singer, happened to be very talented at achieving the pinnacle of style and elegance. I was also very pleased to see Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington sitting front row as I walked in and popular models like Arizona Muse, Liu Wen, Karlie Kloss and Frida Gustavsson down the runway. Basically, I was in heaven.
Hand in hand with the soft voice of a woman singing to upbeat music, the yellow and green colored dresses, which everyone was talking about, reminded show go-ers of spring tulips. The simple looks in cherry red and pure white paired with chunky bangles, round sunglasses or light scarves were reminiscent of riding around in Europe in the 60’s. These were some of the standout looks:
Put A Bird On It
The bird prints used in Carolina Herrera’s spring collection had nothing to do with hipsters living in Portland, and I couldn’t help but want to see more bird printed pieces! The first dresses to come down the runway, made of chiffon or silky crepe de chine, had fun prints of sparrows in canary yellow and grass green. The bird print in either yellow and green, or red and black, is perfect for spring ready-to-wear and puts a fun spin on Herrera’s usually conservative dresses.
For Herrera, elegant outerwear is her thing. The collection showed beautiful coats made of wool and silk. All with collar details or crystal embroidery, the jackets were stunning. One coat I found particularly beautiful was a metallic canvas coat with sepia detail.
The cherry red and black colored chiffon dresses with embroidered appliqué had a chic Rome, 1960’s feel, as if the dresses would take the models to downtown Rome on a fun shopping trip. Paired with sunglasses and printed silk scarves, these outfits were a fun change compared to the predominantly floral themed dresses.
Herrera did something she doesn’t normally do—geometric dresses. Evening looks like a nude and black lace long sleeve dress or a greige geometric silk one shoulder gown with silver beading were done perfectly. The last gown worn by Frida had crystal beading and a long grass green silk train with multiple fold detail, showing Herrera’s skill at creating geometric shapes with her gowns.
The collection was in one word: refreshing. All paired with thin strapped heels, simple hair and makeup and the natural elegance of the light and airy flow of the dresses made Carolina Herrera’s collection so beautiful.
By Amethyst Wang
Runway Images via Style.com