Elegance took a turn with sharp edges and dark hues at the Carolina Herrera AW14 show
We’re six days into NYFW now and the bar has been set pretty high for AW14, with an array of exciting trends showcased on catwalks across the city. One designer we were anticipating was queen of romanticism Carolina Herrera, whose show took place in New York City yesterday afternoon, February 10. This season, the collection has taken a darker turn for Autumn/Winter with sharper edges and much bolder hues. The designer played with texture, using a variety of luxurious wools, furs and leathers to create a collection with just the right balance of elegance and edge.
Traditional silhouettes of boxy jackets and pencil skirts were updated with colour coordinating chocolate fur and dark teals or oxblood and electric blue in an asymmetric midi length. Slouchy roll neck jumpers were updated in snug grey and rust orange fur with cigarette pants and a printed maxi skirt – the latter a unique red carpet look we are looking forward to seeing during awards season.
Bold geometric prints offset the deep, dark shades with repeated sharp shapes serving as an edgy contrast to the bright gowns and suits. One of our favourite looks was a soft lemon yellow column gown with an asymmetrical neckline paired with a rich bordeaux velvet belt. Midi dresses were styled with thick wool tights for a demure feel and a distinctly retro slim leg trouser and skinny turtleneck combination was given a modern spin in a beautifully designed heavy wool and fur coat, casually nipped in with a thick black belt. Dismissing the rules that navy and black should not go together, the Carolina Herrera show showcased a modern lady for AW14, with the palette of mainly muted inky tones in striking elegant shapes, the pared back looks had an air of simplicity that we would love to see on the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Expect to see a lot more of this collection in the press!
Fashion Show looks from Carolina Herrera Fall 2014 Collection: