The Carolina Herrera Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear Collection certainly captured an intended lightness and fluidity. There were the prerequisite column gowns and ball skirts that we’ve come to expect from Mrs. Herrera, but this season we saw fanciful embellishments, a mixing of prints, neon brights, and playful accents. The silhouette was predominantly long and languid, with an emphasis on puffed shoulders, raised waistlines, and leg-lengthening cuts throughout the collection’s 41 ensembles.
Longuette dresses and long, fluid skirts with an ease of movement opened the runway presentation; piped jackets in subtly saccharine colors atop flirty skirts and cropped jackets paired with flounce shorts injected the collection with a whimsical flirtatiousness; long-sleeve blouses matched with a-line shorts and one-shoulder gowns rounded out the latter half of the collection. The palette was grounded in neutrals (ivory, black, oyster, glacier, and pebble) before transitioning to a softer pearl pink, yellow reef, and sea foam, before bursting into the ornate, electric orange, and lightning hues. Standout prints reef, rain, and abstract injected a sense of youthful modernity
especially cleverly juxtaposed against geometric color blocking.
Tone-on-tone is the new interpretation of monochromatic sophistication. Feminine fabrications in chiffon, organza, georgette, and cotton were layered by the more textured wool crepe, snakeskin, leather, gazar, and jacquard. Gentle pintucks softened the shape, while with (both) skinny and wider, more ornate motif belts helped to define it. Brightly contrasting buttons, embellished pointed collars and belts, embroidered necklines and hemlines glamorously accented the collection. A knit top paired with a ball skirt personified casual elegance. Lightning neon yellow was less shocking when partnered with a distressed platinum grey. An innovative technique overlaying the collection’s abstract print over color blocking didn’t feel overwhelming here, when grounded by neutral tones. Even a delicate lace sleeveless blouse felt reinvigorated in the most vibrant hue of electric orange.
My favorite looks from the Carolina Herrera Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear Collection included: the ivory wool crepe halter longuette dress with black snakeskin skinny belt with glacier patent leather ornate motif; the abstract print silk chiffon pleated longuette dress with sea foam and electric orange leather skinny belt; the ornate twill pleated top with reef red piping detail and electric orange striped organza ball skirt; the ornate twill blouse, opal thee-ply crepe flounce shorts with floral embroidery detail and electric orange leather skinny belt; the lightning and ice short sleeve knit and abstract print faille with reef red gazar yoke ball skirt; the rain print silk organza ruffle blouse with sea foam pleated chiffon floor length skirt; and the pebble thee-ply crepe embroidered gown with reef red leather skinny belt.
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