Melissa C. Koh

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NYFW: Carolina Herrera Spring 19

Fashion Week

Carolina Herrera is all about them elegant dresses, that piece-perfect for an evening function. And so it has been for the past 35 years – designs demure and prim.

But this year, the brand has seen a reformation under the helm of new creative director Wes Gordon. The show in New York marked his runway debut and sure were people excited to see what this fresh blood would bring to Carolina Herrera.

Gordon’s inaugural collection defied all expectations. The designs were bright (think the entire range of candy colours), bold, and might I say unconventional, with high rising slits, collars and hemlines for skirts. Also enter embroidered boots, a far cry from the daytime heels usually sported. The pieces are more joyful and fun, trodding the fine line between contemporary and conservative, but I note that the brand’s usual supporters may be shaking their heads in disapproval. They’ll still be pleased to know though, that the brand’s signature poplin blouses are here to stay.

Despite the injection of youthful design elements, Carolina Herrera’s legacy is still well kept. Florals, for one, have embodied themselves in the embroideries and dramatic prints. The eveningwear collection has also been expanded. Of which includes jumpsuits in silk prints, incorporating comfort into elegance.

I picked out a flared piece, in full dramatic fashion. The bold stripes really made my dress stand out against the concrete skyline.

Wes Gordon’s thoughts about the collection? Colourful, happy clothes for a woman who just wants to zip up her dress and dance. The spirit was brought out indeed and now all that awaits is the birth of Gordon’s next masterpieces.

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