Carolina Herrera; What’s Going On?

Carolina Herrera promised a “modern garden” setting for this, her Spring/Summer 2015 collection; “but it won’t be topiary!” she added. Instead, the runway was lined with geometric, green structures, suggesting a sort of machine-age forest, and the models were transformed into flurries of tulips, magnolias and roses.

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Even these floral prints were mechanized, enlarged into abstract shapes and spliced with bars of ombré that represented their individual colour palettes; a sort of computerized Georgia O’Keefe, if you will, perfect for this modern-day, urban garden.

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The materials had futuristic feel, too;  techno piqué, linen, and crepe allowed Herrera to experiment, leading to these precise silhouettes and striking, digitalised florals.

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Despite all this experimentation and drive towards the new,  Herrera did not relinquish her flare for couture-like quality, occasionally mixing in classic fabrics, such as chiffon, to blur the otherwise severe lines for a slightly softer, pretty silhouette.

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For the finale gowns, the flowers were fractured and scattered in pieces across the skirts, re-embroidered with plastic sequins for a little added sparkle. It was a refreshing set of designs from Herrera, which injected classics with a vibrant, youthful energy; it was those last few, beautiful gowns, however, which really got me excited. They are a triumph.

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