Ms. Herrera, is known for her chic, unapologetically citified clothing
with an almost regal quality. Though her inspirations may change from
one season to the next, her elegant and classic philosophy and
vision remain the same. And while she makes grand evening clothes for
Red Carpet moments, as well as shirtdresses and cocktail dresses for
more informal times, it is those menswear- inspired, perfectly tailored
and beautifully constructed suits, jackets, and coats, that are at the
heart of what she does.
For fall, she claims to have been inspired by the "women of the 40's and
their elegant approach to daytime", translated into waist defining jackets
and coats, many of which were paired with skirts and dresses that fit on the
hips and flared out for a bit of movement. This was controlled volume-never
exaggerated, to be sure.
She successfully mixed traditional menswear colors and fabrics (gray flannel,
gray tweed, Prince of Wales, checks, and herringbones) with softer, feminine
elements (threadwork and crystal embroidery, semi- precious stone beading,
lame, and touches of fur- naturally) to heighten the luxury quotient and to
add interesting texture. In one instance, she paired a short chinchilla/fox
top with a knee length gold tweed skirt, trimmed with semi-precious stone beading.
Speaking of fur, her use of broadtail (which has been seen all over the runways)
was inspired- exemplified by the first number out: a simple yet memorable sleeveless
charcoal broadtail knee length dress with trumpet skirt.She also used a charcoal
broadtail fitted shirt with Prince of Wales pants. In this collection,
daytime outdid the evening, but her lame gown with crystal embroidery and beaded
ribbon neckline, grey bubble printed shirtdress with silver metal embroidery,
gold metal embroidered v- neck dress certainly stood out.