New York Fashion Week just reached one of its most elegant peaks thanks to the newest Carolina Herrera spring/summer 2017 collection, the runway show of which just marked the label’s 35th anniversary.
The Venezuelan designer has been celebrating her 35 years in the fashion industry throughout all of her 2016 shows, treating us to refreshing collections that are both traditional and innovative, always refined with Herrera’s signature thoughtful and comprehensive approach to fashion.
Dubbed “a revelation” by Diana Vreeland in the Eighties, this Carolina Herrera spring/summer 2017 collection is as surprising as her first-ever runway show held in April 1981, back in the days when Andy Warhol and Bianca Jagger were habitués at Herrera’s front rows.
Elegant and mostly red carpet-ready, the Carolina Herrera spring 2017 line-up is, however, infused with a much-needed playful vibe that makes everything unapologetically ready-to-wear indeed, with a slightly workwear attitude dominating the scene.
The trick that makes the collection astounding is how skillfully Carolina Herrera managed to keep the clothes both familiar and new, with reminiscences that remind us of both Herrera’s designs in the Nineties and her most recent creations.
This specific collection’s sense of youthfulness is, in fact, to be found in her latest resort 2017 collection too, the striped patterns of which are one of this collection’s most recurring motifs as well. While for her resort collection she focused on regular horizontal navy-and-white stripes, for her spring/summer 2017 line-up she explored verticality, artfully arranging her black-and-white stripes with denim pieces and tulle embellishments.
Although the collection is strong on evening dresses and flared, elegant lines, Carolina Herrera took the time to play with workwear-inspired garments too, wrapping up the bodies either in oversized denim camisoles-turned-dresses or pleated frocks with sweetheart necklines.
Bustier tops, sleek textures and loads of organza remind us of Herrera’s first decades in the fashion industry, with her signature princess-like garments having been just interpreted with an eye toward a more modern lifestyle.
On the other hand, bride-inspired floor-length dresses overwhelm us with past reminiscences, when Herrera’s creations were richly textured and overall imposing.
To further revamp her spring/summer 2017 collection, Carolina Herrera worked with sheer fabrics, mesh appliqués and metallic materials too, as her undeniable knack for fabric manipulation has always given the looks an haute couture-esque appeal that packs anything she creates with a sense of strong fashion.
As for the collection’s color palette, Herrera surprised us by primarily focusing on whites and blacks, with only the denim textures and a few sleek floral prints (that sort of revisit the Nineties throughout Herrera’s cutting-edge cosmopolitan lens), lightening up the entire collection.
Herrera then managed to keep a synergy between the old and the new with classic poplin and balloon dresses, as well as puffed-up shoulders, the futuristic-like crinkled effects of which will surely become one of next season’s ultimate trends.
Photos courtesy of Vogue