Carolina Herrera shows every time result in some magical chill-out feelings, the delicate and elegant tailoring touching the inmost recesses of souls, while those pastel shades always cushioning eyes so gently. And when it comes to the Carolina Herrera fall/winter 2016-2017 RTW show, the Venezuelan-American fashion designer stays true to her perception of feminine beauty – always straightforward, but staying within discreet and tactful dimensions, away from anything showy and garish.
The Frick Collection art museum on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, New York City opened its doors for the second time in a row to host Carolina Herrera’s fashion show inside its sublime and glorious walls. “I want to see women looking beautiful, but in an actual way, not in the past. I’m very pro new technology. We should go to the future,” Carolina Herrera explained backstage when asked about the new lineup’s theme, which, in the grand scheme of things, stays the same from show to show – a strong propaganda never to turn back the hands of the clock but live in the present and look towards the future.
If not the designer’s so unshakable future-forward postulate, we would be now just glancing at some itty-bitty floral prints and appliqués instead of gazing open-mouthed at those breathtaking super realistic 3D floral cutouts calling the tune throughout the whole collection. A glen-plaid shift dress set the ball rolling with its two floral columns stretching down and bringing to our view a unique technique of flowers over flowers. But then popped up another, even more realistic technique realized on an ivory shift dress with three lovely flowers as if just cut from a field, stamped on the fabric and sending up the allure with the illusion of their shadows.
3D flowers were upswinging all the while passing from a black bell-sleeved tulle dress with many white flowers scattered here and there and a Rose Quartz chic floor-scraping once again with multiple flowers standing away from the fabric through special beads and reaching another white stunner with abstract red lines and chaotic red flowers riding off in all directions. Glen plaid, the barometer of mature elegance, started to play with spanking new effects conveying some pretty modernistic strokes, like that opening midi dress on Karlie Kloss with sensual plunging neckline and flaring hems.
Carolina Herrera put her best foot forward effectively resonating between monochromatic embellishment-free designs and more richly decorated numbers. It was so very much inspiring to get an eyeful of the designer’s game plan – a couple of versions all focused on elegant cutouts to be alternated by a smattering of rich embellishments and techniques. So, an ivory crepe gown with keyhole neckline and billowy hems and that powdery pink midi flowing dress with plunging neckline and a row of buttons stretching down diagonally were to give way to a royal purple heart-shaped dress with straps and belly part done up with beaded geometrical embellishments and a unique combo of a mint green tulle skirt with multiple wavy layers and a black sparkling top.
To keep us warm and comfy during the cold seasons, Carolina Herrera arrived at the furry decisions rendering out a series of caressing Russia-ready pieces – a platinum grey blouse, a silver grey vest or an impalpable jacket, each one of them worthy to head to a luxurious ceremony with.
The designer carried on with her effective contrasting arrangement till the end – the royal purple halter-neck grandiose gown encrusted with beaded embroidery seemed to be the number chosen to close the chic Carolina Herrera fall 2016 show, but we were off track; the concluding violet stunner was void of any beads, sparkles or florets, instead showing off delicate draping, intriguing plunging neckline and poppling hemlines, an assemblage all the more enhanced on stunning Karlie Kloss.
Photos courtesy of Vogue