Paola Hernandez is a thinking woman’s designer. Her approach is very intellectual and she “uses fashion as a means of exploring ideas and proposing ways of life that can inspire humanity towards a better state of mind through self-development.” For her Fall 2011 collection, A Look Within, she played with the idea of the balance of darkness and light. Her seemingly all black collection had a surprise interior silver lining revealing the light within the darkness. Her clothing comprise of trench coats, blazers, dresses, pants, shorts and shirts all made from wool and satin. Her accessories were made from calfskin and jewelry from stainless steel.
The hair and makeup was a nice counterpoint to the dark clothing and was kept airy and light. Ringlets of curls were teased and formed halos around the models’ heads and they makeup was dewey and light with silvery smokey eyes to accent the silver lining of the clothing.
I especially loved her one shoulder dress with satin corset and chain details, her blazers and coats, her shoes and her bags. Some of the pieces from the collection were designed exclusively for W Hotel and will be sold at W Boutiques beginning July 2011.
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