NYFW: Carolina Herrera Spring 2018

Carolina Herrera, a designer famed for her timeless vision of fashion, presented her Spring 2018 collection in New York at the Museum of Modern Art. For the first time ever, the most fashionable museum of them all, hosted a fashion presentation in its gorgeous botanical-filled sculpture garden. This important place in fashion history wasn’t given to just any fashion designer: Instead, the renowned fashion queen swooped in and put on a show that will be remembered for fashion weeks to come. For her spring collection, the Venezuelan designer presented small waists to add extra flair and movement to the bodies of her feminine skirts and gowns. The new line features flamboyant prints, polychromatic tastes, sheer fabrics, rainbow details like buttons and super trendy cuts- off the shoulder slants and V-necks included.

“It’s a celebration of color because color is very powerful and color is an art, in fashion, everywhere. So it’s mixing colors, color blocks, but no flowers because the flowers are in the garden already,” Herrera told Reuters. 

A gingham series, which opened the show, presented everything Herrera envisioned for the following spring- puffed shoulders, teeny tiny waists and (a lot of) movement. The second, and my favorite look of the show, was the trademarked Herrera white blouse, paired with a pale green, checked midi-length skirt shifting below. The runway progressed in multi-tonal shades, ultra-chic shoes made in partnership with Manolo Blahnik and simple, saturated pieces that made a convincing statement- The clean and the colorful; such is the prism through which Herrera shone. Her dramatic, everlasting, 50’s inspired silhouettes were took one step further by introducing red and yellow hued patterned stripes and polka dots. For Herrera, it seems it’s important to stay true to her timeless style while also adjusting for new trends.

Herrera made it clear that she does not create a garment based on inspiration from an artwork: “I won’t do a dress based by a painting. Only the color,” she said. “I have a lot of young customers. A lot of them. I have young daughters and I know what they want. Sometimes, though, they want to wear what their mothers or grandmothers wore”, she explained. 

Photo Credit: Vogue