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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.


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