Sometimes, it’s the most simple of things that inspire us, and for Carolina Herrera, it was the Japanese woven basket that served as a muse for the Spring 2010 collection. Although a basket is an everyday object, it’s also a complex work of art, one with a purpose and a natural, universal beauty. The same can be said for Herrera’s latest collection. The 38 looks showcased at New York Fashion Week featured intricate detailing and a timelessness that usually can be found in this long-time designer’s work. With Jackie O. on the client list, it’s no wonder why Carolina Herrera is a name that coincides with classic, sophisticated style. However, there never fails to be a refreshing quality to each season, and for this season, it’s all in the details.
Woven materials were all over the runway, from a stunning silver jacquard linen vest to bold, raffia belts. Weaving was also displayed in the clutch purses and stacked heels. For other looks, a subtle twist of fabric reminds us that it’s the simple things that make something spectacular. Twisted necklines were found in day looks as well as evening wear, as shown in a gorgeous bronze gown with golden trims.
Of all the designs, the most intricate work could be found in the pieces embroidered with tiles. Wooden pieces of different colors added an artistic mosaic to Spring essentials, turning a skirt, a sleeveless dress, a summer suit, and a blazer into works of art.
Carolina Herrera is known for working with classic designs, and this season, she unleashed the summer suit with a new silhouette. The oversized lapels and short shorts displayed a youthful energy with classic sophistication. The woven belts truly polished the look and gave an organic feel to an otherwise refined garment.
The palette used in this collection might be an indicator of what these Japanese baskets contained. Coppers and silvers suggest coins and metals, while deep violets indicate ripened eggplants. Perhaps these baskets contained flowers, shown in the rose, or a bottle of wine, displayed in a gorgeous cropped jumpsuit. Whatever these baskets held, the choice of color and fabric was luxurious, a word that is synonymous with Carolina Herrera.
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