EVERYTHING is coming up roses for Carolina Herrera this season, well, parrot tulips, lilies, and magnolias to be more precise. She based her spring collection on flowers, the colour codes of a bloom that’s further manipulated and digitalised into a host of brights, or pixilated into a variety of graphic prints. It was a punchy outing.
It felt more modern and contemporary than previous seasons, a feeling aided by Perspex belts and some of her fabrications – a spongy techno crêpe with exposed raw seams ventured into sportswear territory. It gave a youthful edge to tailoring and floor-trailing gowns. There were other quirks too, like origami-style folds and angular points jutting out from straps and huge patch pockets on ball skirts.
It was refreshing to see a more forward approach but whether or not her customer is ready for it remains to be seen, regardless, she will be served well with the offering of day dresses and dropped-shoulder skirt suits that also popped here in pretty spring hues.