Thursday, September 23, 2010

Carolina Herrera Spring 2011

A jeweled evening gown topped by a staw hat: chic.
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I have been admiring the Spring 2011 collection of Carolina Herrera, shown last week in New York City. Carolina Herrera was born and grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, the daughter of the aristocratic governor of Caracas. Carolina, who has two daughters from a previous marriage, is married to Reinaldo Herrera, special projects editor at Vanity Fair, and they have two adult children – Patricia and Carolina, who works with her mother at her fashion company and is married to an ex-bullfighter.

In 1980 Carolina Herrera started her designer label with the encouragement of none other than Diana Vreeland. I am drawn to Carolina's work because it is definitely luxe and rich but there is a simplicity to it too, like her signature work outfit of a crisp white shirt and a black or grey skirt. I like her combination of the refined and the casual, for example finishing a gown with a straw hat, belting a skirt with a bit of string, or combining a ball skirt with a tee shirt. Her style is romantic but modern, and she also has a wonderful sense of color. I think that's why Jackie Onassis was a big fan of hers too.

The show notes said the designer was inspired for this collection by traditional clothes of Korea. A red silk dress in an Asian print was finished with a jeweled obi belt.

while a light summer skirt was tied with red string.

For this collection, Manolo Blahnik designed shoes that featured what looked like Asian boxes wrapped in red.

Herrera was also inspired by eighteenth century floral prints. You can even see the tape depicted in the print.

I love the combination of colors below. These colors remind me of Christian Lacroix.

For evening there was this vivid orange gown accessorized with a Korean fisherman's hat.

This gown comes with its own "diamond" brooch of embroidered crystals.

A beautiful blouse and skirt: John Singer Sargent style for 2011.

Like a watercolor wash, embroidered black beads zig-zag down the front of this gown

which is topped with a straw hat.

Here is an eighteenth century floral print interpreted in a gown and belted with a green ribbon, perfect for a spring dance at the botanical garden.

This confection features the floral print as an underskirt topped by a pouf of silk which has pockets for a casual stance.

Eighteenth century style for today, no?

Beautiful details.

Hats off to La Herrera.


The Sluice Box said...

She does some of the most beautiful work, year after year.

P.Gaye Tapp at Little Augury said...

it is in the details-applies brilliantly here- I loved this collection too, pgt

Kathy said...

Lovely show. I have always loved her work. Thank you for sharing. K. Happy Weekend!

Topaz said...

Do you have the book "Carolina Herrera"? Definitely worth it for her admirers.

Bart Boehlert said...

Hi Topaz,
I don't have that book, but remember when it came out, written by Alexandra Kotur at Vogue. I will look for it --

Black Zebra said...

She is a true goddess.