Consider it as an and of an era: after 37 years in the role of creative director for her eponymous label, Carolina Herrera will no longer design for the brand. On Monday the designer took her last bow on the brand’s Fall 2018 show at New York Fashion Week. The 79-year old charming women defined elegance throughout the years. We will no longer see collections from her, but as she explains, Carolina Herrera isn’t leaving her brand on its own.
“Just don’t say I am retiring, I am not retiring! I am moving forward,” she told Times.
We wouldn’t blame her even if she decided to retire. The fashion scene is a dynamic business and at the age of 79 Carolina Herrera most certainly deserves some rest. Anyway, Wes Gordon will take over the creative part of the job, but the women behind this brand will still keep a close relationship with it. From now on, Carolina Herrera will be “Global Brand Ambassador” for her eponymous label. The new role means that Herrera will attend at all events that her brand will hold, but Wes Gordon will be designing the collections. Gordon worked as a creative consultant to the designer in the past year. Herrera is probably confident with his work and it’s ready to let him take the lead when it comes to designing.
Carolina Herrera has been a huge force in the fashion industry for decades. Her sublime designs have been regulars on many red carpet events throughout the years. It’s safe to say that almost every celebrity has worn at least one Carolina Herrera dress in her life. The new creative director of the fashion house has previously interned at Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford. The likes of January Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Katy Perry have worn his signature designs, so Gordon is no stranger to celebrity fashion. This is very important since part of his job will include dressing up the A-list crowd.
In her interview with Times, Carolina Herrera was also speaking about the nowadays weird fashion trends. The designer is known for her sophisticated aesthetics and timeless creations. Countless women admire her designs, but a lot of things have changed since Carolina Herrera appeared on the fashion map.
“Fashion has changed a lot. What they like now is ugliness. Women dress in a very strange way. Like clowns. There is a lot of pressure to change all the time. But it’s better to wear what suits you. Add something new and you have a great look. Consistency is important,’ Herrera told Times.
Although the nowadays fashion trends go from one extreme to another and at times it’s even hard to tell whether something is trending or bizarre, Carolina Herrera has stayed true to her feminine designing style. We have yet to see what Wes Gordon will bring to the table.
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Carolina Herrera collaborated with the Colombian jewelry designer Mercedes Salazar for her Resort 2018 Collection. The collaboration resulted in playful summer-approved jewelry pieces. Carolina Herrera is well known for her floral romantic dresses that radiate with femininity. On the other hand, Mercedes Salazar is popular for her out of this world hand-made jewelry pieces. The Colombian designer often times gets inspired by elements from nature. Her designs feature exotic bird and fruit motives in multiple vibrant colors.
Both designers target modern confident women who love details. Therefore Carolina Herrera’s decision to ask Mercedes Salazar to design a jewelry collection for her Resort 2018 floral collection seemed like a natural choice. Salazar accepted the invitation for the collaboration with no hesitation.
“I find that Carolina Herrera’s designs have always maintained an exuberance that one can connect to the brand’s Latin roots. The Resort 2018 collection was inspired by the gardens of Carolina Herrera’s family home in Venezuela. My first point of inspiration is always the incredible flora and fauna of my native Colombia, so our visions of color and nature were easily aligned,’ the Colombian designer tells InStyle.
Carolina Herrera Resort 2018 Collection carries a strong Latin vibe and Mercedes Salazar added even more of it with her unique jewelry pieces. She created earrings and bracelets that perfectly complemented the colorful floral breeze in Carolina Herrera Resort 2018 collection.
I wanted to create soft and light pieces to dance with the clothes,’ Salazar explains.
The earrings that Mercedes Salazar created are eye-catching and massive but made of lightweight materials to compliment the light floral fabrics of Carolina Herrera’s designs. There are many large hoop earrings that feature small colorful balls of fabric placed one next to another.
One of the most noticeable pieces is the mismatched pair of earrings that includes a big blue macaw bird outline earring and small discreet blue earring.
Salazar explained that she designed the collection for women who are fantastic and love tropical fiestas.
Mercedes Salazar’s jewelry brought a special note to Carolina Herrera’s Resort 2018 Collection. The unique jewelry pieces are available for purchase at the Salazar’s website. The colorful hoops that come in blue, fuchsia and multicolored option are sold for $200 each, while the gorgeous blue macaw earrings are just a bit pricier and retail for $225.
Photo Courtesy of Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera created a very feminine Resort 2018 collection. The women who nurture an elegant style will fall in love with literally every piece of the collection. Carolina Herrera got inspired by the floral gardens at her family residence in La Vega, Caracas. That’s why the collection is full of floral prints, embellishments and vivid colors.
“I call it ‘a conversation between flowers.’ I have a lot of colors. You see all the flowers together and they all go together beautifully, no?’ ” the designer said.
The colors of the collection are very diverse, bright and fun to combine. From beautiful pastels, vivid electric tones to neutral colors, there is a design in everyone’s favorite color. Additionally, the palette of the Resort 2018 Collection offers a great mix-and-match freedom. The designs radiate optimism and happiness.
The floral designs are dominating in the collection. The different prints include pink peonies and ranunculus, white and purple sweet peas and yellow wattles. The diverse designs allow everyone to find their floral match. There are beautiful floral midi dresses perfect for both everyday and formal occasions. Carolina Herrera also created mesmerizing voluminous maxi skirts with motives from her family garden.
The floral romantic gowns are made for the ladies who want to accent their sensuality and femininity.
The floral motives are present through the entire collection as embroideries, prints, and 3D details. Most of the mesmerizing gowns from the Resort 2018 Collection feature eye-catching 3D floral embellishments. They are either placed through the entire gown or on strategic parts.
Besides the prints that Carolina Herrera stole from her garden, we could notice a lot of designs with stripes. The Resort 2018 collection is full of maxi dresses and elegant gowns that feature horizontal and vertical stripes. If you are not a fan of the floral motives definitely take a look at these charming dresses.
The solid designs feature color-blocking elements and wide belts. Carolina Herrera included wide eye-catching belts in a lot of the designs announcing their huge comeback.
Most of the shapes in the collection are simple but feature heavy embellishments and playful prints. Carolina’s goal was to include wearable designs because as she said: “Resort should never be complicated.’ There are for sure designs that are reserved only for glamorous events but most of the creations are very comfortable and fun to wear.
Photo Courtesy of Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera‘s bridal spring 2018 collection was all about brides’ desires, with each one of the looks exuding an ultra elegant wearability that could make anyone feel at ease on her big day.
Like many designers, Carolina Herrera focused her bridal spring 2018 collection on the assumption that wedding days should be fun and not (so) stressful, especially when it comes to choosing a bridal dress that makes it possible to both look flawless and move freely from the ceremony to the reception.
For these reasons, the latest Carolina Herrera bridal spring 2018 collection features both conventionally traditional flared gowns, and fancy chic separates along with the spring 2018 bridal season’s ultimate must-have, namely the bridal jumpsuit. “I strongly believe in separates for weddings,’ Carolina Herrera said during her presentation, “that, for me, is the modern way of dressing the bride.’
So, in what ways does Carolina Herrera define a modern bride-to-be? According to the acclaimed designer, the next generation of brides will be all about mixing romantic patterns with more urban-chic attitudes, whether one favors a bridal jumpsuit or a tulle gown. Although the collection, as a whole, is undeniably contemporary, Carolina Herrera’s standard romantic leitmotifs are always visible in her designs, and got here translated to delicate floral embroideries and fairytale-like cuts, such as butterfly sleeves and sheer appliqués.
“For me,’ Carolina Herrera continued. “The most important day in the life of a woman is her wedding, and it has to be romantic, it has to be feminine, it has to be ethereal, it has to be dreamy‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö√Üit doesn’t have to be sexy.’
Although one could debate whether her bridal spring 2018 pieces could be described sensual or not (I personally spot a clear “naively sultry’ leitmotif I appreciate a lot), Carolina Herrera’s take on the next bridal season is mostly and unapologetically romantic, even with the modern jumpsuits being refined by one of the most bon ton pussy bows you will ever see in the months to come.
Romanticism aside, there’s another appealing leitmotif this latest collection of Carolina Herrera showcases, and it is the black belts some proposals featured. Like Marchesa’s lineup, Carolina Herrera’s bridal spring 2018 collection breaks the traditional wedding rules adding small accents of black, also known as the color (almost) no one wears during her wedding day. With Carolina Herrera being one of those fashion houses that usually likes to play with traditions most, we have to admit this latest unconventionally subtle take on bridal trends is truly remarkable.
“We have to keep the girls happy!’ concluded Herrera, and her girls will be happy to wear one of her proposals, for sure!
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Carolina Herrera won’t stop celebrating her 35 years in the industry any time soon, with her latest Carolina Herrera fall/winter 2017-18 ready-to-wear collection actually being an ode to all things fashion.
Unveiled as usual during New York Fashion Week, the Carolina Herrera fall 2017 collection consisted of a dream array of staples that not only exuded standard Herrera vibes, which are always couture-esque, but also got filtered through a more wearable, ready-to-wear lens.
Polished to the nines and with intricate detailing that could make anyone feel like a queen, the Carolina Herrera fall/winter 2017-18 ready-to-wear collection was also divided into three well-structured sections, with each one of them giving us a glimpse of what Herrera is capable of fashion-wise.
The first part of Carolina Herrera’s latest rtw lineup focused on a kind of rigor we often see with Herrera, although here being definitely more wearable on a daily basis. Softly structured with layers of ruches and frilled hems, this collection’s first part will surely help those who are looking for ultra-fancy formal staples, especially when it comes to the “plain’ white shirt.
The collection’s second part, on the other hand, takes Herrera’s signature red carpet-ready figures and translates them to a more cheerfully youthful attitude, the flirty, flared lines of which somehow end up being both minimalist and frivolous.
As for the collection’s last part, the Venezuelan-American designer focused on glamorous evening dresses, which got reinterpreted in a more party-ready style, or spiced up with a more sophisticated allure. While the former brought metallic tops and pleated gowns on stage, the latter was all about goddess-like silhouettes and tulle fabrics, the sheer appliqués of which inevitably dominated the scene.
This “second part within the third part’ was also a safe place for Herrera to experiment more with intricate embroideries, sequined patterns and crystal embellishments, the astounding complexity and soigné refinement of which are what many are looking for when browsing through Carolina Herrera’s latest runway show.
The intricacy of the details created an appealing contrast when compared to each one of the silhouettes showcased that, regardless of the collection’s section, were pretty simple and nothing that could be described as being “too much’. The silhouettes’ lack of complexity was something Herrera herself strived for as, to her, “the less complicated, the more modern. Sometimes, when things are too complicated, they belong in the circus!’
The Carolina Herrera fall/winter 2017-18 rtw collection was striving to “show the essence of the house of Herrera,’ as the designer pointed out backstage, and we definitely think she skilfully managed to do so!
Photos courtesy of Zimbio
It seems like Oscar de la Renta‘s 2016 is more tumultuous than what we thought, as Carolina Herrera sued the notorious fashion house in New York State Supreme Court earlier this week. But why is Carolina Herrera suing Oscar de la Renta? Since the story is a little tricky, let’s make a quick recap.
As many of you surely know, Laura Kim is one of Oscar de la Renta’s new creative directors along with Fernando Garcia, as they were appointed earlier this September after Peter Copping’s departure. Kim and Garcia also co-design and direct Monse, a red-carpet-approved label that is already one of the world’s leading emerging brands.
Before taking the helm at Oscar de la Renta, Kim and Garcia were appointed as Herrera’s consultants back in 2015, a position they left in July 2016. Before leaving Herrera, Francois Kress, Carolina Herrera’s CEO, offered Kim a salary of $1 million to become the label’s vice president of design, a position Kim refused.
With a collection for Oscar de la Renta set to debut in February, Laura Kim appeared serene and happy about her future at the fashion house, up until Carolina Herrera Ltd. suited ODLR and released the following press note.
“Carolina Herrera is pleased the court today granted a temporary restraining order that upholds the non-compete agreement we signed with our former senior designer. As the court ruled, the non-compete agreement was fair and plainly worded. At all times, Carolina Herrera was faithful to the letter and spirit of our agreement, and we will continue to ethically and forcefully protect our business interests. Our focus remains on continuing to introduce new collections that embody the spirit of timeless elegance and refinement for which Carolina Herrera is known.’
Apparently, Kim’s choice to join Oscar de la Renta violated a six-month non-complete clause, with the suit basically barring Kim from using her creative skills to create masterpieces at Oscar de la Renta until April 2017.
A few days ago, Kim’s attorney Neil Capobianco decided to release a few statements regarding Kim’s position and point of views, revealing that “nobody had informed Ms. Herrera that she was being transitioned out and that Ms. Herrera intended to run CH as if she were the creative director. According to my offer letter, I was supposed to be reporting to CH’s president and chief executive officer Francois Kress. However, I soon learned that Ms. Herrera frequently took charge, without objection from Mr. Kress. Indeed, in a ‘Fashionista’ article published February 26, 2016, Ms. Herrera is quoted as saying, ‘The creative director is myself. They [Laura and Fernando] are coming to join me.’
According to Laura Kim’s affidavit, we also just learnt that the conditions under which she worked at Carolina Herrera were “untenable and unworkable’, with Mr. Kress even informing her that “Carolina Herrera (the person) did not like our designs for the upcoming show [for spring 2016] and that she felt she could finish the collection in a way that was appropriate for her brand. In fact, Carolina Herrera said to me at that time: ‘Nobody knows you and nobody knows that you are here. I am more famous than you and have more powerful friends.”
While waiting for more news to be released regarding the lawsuit, we really hope things will calm down for both Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta in 2017.
Photo courtesy of @houseofherrera
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
In celebration of 35 years of being in business, Carolina Herrera‘s fall 2017 bridal collection was basic in the most elegant, sophisticated way. She kept things classic for her latest line with timeless silhouettes that are just as beautiful and relevant today as they were decades ago. Yet, she also found ways to bring in today’s trends and her own personal touch in ways that made the looks unique in small ways.
Time and time again, we have raved about the designer’s signature timeless elegance, because with each new collection (as with her most recent showing for New York Fashion Week), we continue to be wowed by her ability to keep this up without overplaying it; she has the balance down perfectly between the timelessness and her personal touches, so we’re never bored! And for the bride looking to get the jump on her perfect wedding dress, there’s a good chance she’ll find one to fall in love with from Carolina Herrera.
On top of her timeless aesthetic, the designer also addressed trends that have popped up in recent runway shows; namely, here we saw bohemian and old-fashioned bridal gowns that have us swooning. Her elegant use of lace was romantic, especially in one dress, which was extremely classic and lovely; it featured full, slim sleeves of the gorgeous white lace, and if it had been created by any other designer it may have appeared too dated.
Yet, with Herrera’s careful hand of design, she constructed a look that was both rooted in the past and stunning for the present; it is a look that will be jaw dropping as it walks down the aisle for fall 2017, and it will be just as much so in the years to come.
She also provided a lace look for the bohemian bride. This was easily one of the most romantic gowns in the Carolina Herrera bridal fall 2017 line, with the soft lace flowing around the body in a delicate, timeless way. The large-scale print of the lace was laid over a soft off-white/pale pink fabric, which made for a feminine tone, which was only bolstered by the unlined sleeves falling transparently to the elbows.
Other gowns in the line were simple white with interesting bust-lines. Whether it was through a tulle-lined bust or a triangle cutout, she kept things personalized and unique to play off of the still-classic silhouettes. One of the gowns with a folded-over cup bust-line addressed the recent deconstruction trend from the past few seasons ” the entire gown seemed a bit undone and inside out, with the boning of the top showing through and the rest just a bit over-scale. Because of this, she brought in a bit of edge to the overtly romantic style of the silhouette.
On the other hand, the poofy, pale pink gown created in tulle and organza mirrored the style of a dress, which walked her ready-to-wear spring 2017 runway for NYFW. Here, it was an absolute princess dream dress, whereas the black look from her show had some more edge to it. Both were visual stunners, though, and this one will draw a lot of attention from the feminine brides out there.
This gown is absolutely radiant under the sun, so it is a beautiful choice for outdoor photo ops; if you’ve ever felt the urge to look like a princess on your wedding night, there’s a good chance your dream dress is going to come from Herrera.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
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