ny fashion week spring 07 by marilyn kirschner

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera noted that her spring/summer 2007 collection was “inspired by the independent and sophisticated women who embrace their lifestyle with effortless chic”, and stated that she is designing for women (like herself) who eschew trends and go for timeless classics, simplicity and ease. Mission Accomplished! To prove her point, she opened the show with flat sandals rather than high heels and focused on loose easy shift dresses, sundresses, short belted trench coats (hers was in black and white lace of course) and sporty separates done in luxurious fabrics (natch!). Nothing looked constricting or over designed. She used subtle embroidery to decorate thin cashmere sweaters for just a hint of shine, pairing one in particular with black shorts. Working in a strict color palette of blood orange, shell, rouge, chalk and black, the effect was flattering, wearable, and believable.

And to further prove the point about low keyed elegance, her knockout and crowd pleasing evening gown (all the socialites in the front row pointed and took note) was not an exaggerated, overdone creation but a narrow re embroidered hydrangea jacquard gown with rough piping and an arresting back, which had the ease of a floor length shirt. And rather than ending the show with a floor length ballgown, she chose instead a youthful, long sleeved short cocktail dress in chalk with black ribbon embroidery.

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