Paola Hernández is a Mexico City-born designer who is inspired by human evolution. She showed her Spring 2010 collection, “Society of the Spectacle” in the sitting rooms of The Inn at Irving Place, the perfect place to feature her intellectual, chic collection.
Models lounged about playing cards, reading books and playing chess – all exercising their minds as they showed off Hernández’s scholastically inspired collection. Hernández was inspired by intellectuals “because of their aptitude to expand human consciousness through new ideas” – these are definitely pieces for thinking women.
The silhouettes were inspired by school uniforms but with very chic twists. Think shirts with bows, vests, cardigans, high-waisted pants and skirts and high-water pants. The looks were finished off with leather two-tone shoes inspired by wingtips in various styles from lace-ups, Mary Janes and short heels, large leather handbags that are reminiscent of briefcases, leather accessories and metallic rings. The subtle, almost monastic, color palette of black, grey and white was the perfect touch to convey a “scholar-like aura.”
Paola Hernández’s collection was fresh, appealing and one of my favorites of the season. Everything from the clothing to the shoes to the bags were well thought out, executed and related to each other. In a time when “sexiness” is equated with how little one wears, it was refreshing to see a collection that appealed to a woman’s intellectual side, and proved that nerdy can be sexy too.
View photos from the collection and an interview with Paola Hernández below. Stay tuned for the video preview of the collection going up next week.
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