Carolina Herrera Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection Review — Bluesy Glamour

For Fall 2012, Carolina Herrera unveiled a new collection with an artistically glamorous appeal. Mrs. Herrera is lauded for her polished, refined elegance, but she consistently manages to transcend any perceived generational gap, appealing to women aged 28 to 82. This season’s palette felt inarguably mysteriously moody. The former half of the runway presentation opened with tones of navy, indigo, and black before shifting to a paler grey, then reaching its color crescendo with pops of “haute” pink, lilac, purple, and mulberry.

Carolina Herrera began this collection at an artist’s studio, mixing the midnight tonal hues, manipulating this season’s new proportion. Backstage the designer noted, “The inspiration for this season is GLAMOUR!” Carolina Herrera is the personification of elegance and her collection inherently embodies that exquisite ladylike luxe, but what consistently delights and intrigues her customer is that as refined as this signature aesthetic is—it never feels dated or inaccessible. The shapes remain classically feminine, with a tweak here and there, while the color story, prints, and embellishments modernize the perspective.

For Moroccanoil, hairstylist Orlando Pita updated the 60’s bouffant, pulling the hair off the face with a thin headband, teasing and lifting at the crown for a look that was refined, yet modern. Diane Kendal for M.A.C. Cosmetics created a look the complimented the dramatic hair, contouring and sculpting along the cheekbones. While the brows here remained relatively strong, the eyes were soft with a taupe shadow and fine black liner along the top lashes; a light russet lip finished the look.

Throughout the presentation’s 40 looks, ribbon overlays and embroidery details at the collar, waist, cuff, and hemline punctuated the collection, but feather and fur (goat, broadtail, and sable) accents along the sleeves were the most decadent trimming. Whimsical prints such a chalked marble, a stripe, a swirl, a poster, and a kaleidoscope felt softly romantic against the regal hues. The collection’s deeper, darker color story was an ideal backdrop to the precise design details Mrs. Herrera is celebrated for. Cropped jackets and elongated pencil skirts shaved and streamlined this season’s proportions, while peplums, snakeskin, velvet, satin, and suede, wrap belts nipped at the waist—all creating a leaner, longer silhouette. And what woman doesn’t want to look thinner and taller? For additional information, please visit

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