The Carolina Herrera pre-fall 2017 collection exhibited clear yet subtle hints of the reference points used – the portrait paintings of gifted Polish Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka. The works of Tamara de Lempicka are bold, bright and exquisite, having been done in a manner that embodied the reality of sensual power.
For her pre-fall 2017 collection, Carolina Herrera interspersed her reference material throughout the collection in ways that could clearly be seen in certain pieces, but not with the collection as a whole.
Rather than being overpowered by Tamara de Lempicka references, the collection improved and bolstered the touches of female powered inspiration. Tamara de Lempicka is known as ‘the first woman artist to be a glamour star’, as her field, like many others, was male dominated to a point where no women were really seen.
As such, the entirety of the Carolina Herrera pre-fall 2017 collection is full of womenswear options that look like improved menswear pieces. Strong material that would be perfect for a menswear collection was impeccably tailored to be ideal for a woman’s figure.
The midnight blue oxfords and other shoes were stunning accessories that were amazing in every look. Overall the collection is brilliantly robust, bright and deep simultaneously with interesting touches in every look.
Surprisingly the accessories in the collection included a lot of arm and leg warmers, as well as knee and thigh-high socks. Details in the draping, necklines and silhouettes, slits and skirt lengths were as interesting as the outfits adorning a great many of Tamara de Lempicka’s models.
Fortunately, not all of the pieces maintained a nostalgic point of view only. As expected from Carolina Herrera, the modernistic approach definitely made several appearances throughout the collection.
One of my favorite pieces, a burgundy check floor-length trench coat would be a stunning piece in any personal wardrobe. The coat itself could be dressed up or casual, but will be beautiful either way.
The long midnight blue coat is also beautiful but includes a dramatic flair. Paired with a softer but no less rich blue skirt and lighter blue handbag over legwarmers and pointed toe stilettos, it is a blue washed dream outfit matched well by the similar blue outfit on the stunning model next to her.
The smart use of textures and shades by Carolina Herrera gives the collection an overall appearance of prismatic, well-designed, intricately tailored beauty. From top to bottom every look is incredible. This is an excellent collection that is sure to do well far longer than just the pre fall 2017 season.
Photos courtesy of Vogue