Some of my favorite photographs of Carolina Herrera are from the late Seventies when she was about to start her company. The images exude her confidence, boldness, and joy. It was a period of thunderous glamour and a time for women to express their most fabulous selves. This collection is a celebration of the moment in a woman’s life when she feels her most empowered. – Creative Director Wes Gordon
Happy was the word of the day. On Monday, September 10, the fashion flock collected in the Upper West Side to celebrate creative director Wes Gordon’s runway debut for Carolina Herrera New York. Although dreary and rainy outside, the library and great hall of the New-York Historical Society was aglow with bold attitudes, an explosion of color, and unexpected details. For the Carolina Herrera New York Spring 2019 collection, Wes Gordon looked to Mrs. Herrera during the Seventies, a time just before she launched her eponymous line in 1981. This period of time was bold and glamorous, with Mrs. Herrera hobnobbing with Andy Warhol, Diana Vreeland, and other members of the creative set. With Mrs. Herrera as his muse, Gordon set out to recreate this feeling of fabulous exuberance and joy.
Using colors like taxicab yellow and hibiscus, the collection honors beloved codes of the House by mixing them with new interpretations. Stripes are dotted with silk chiffon florals; bold, dotted bows dance happily on the sleeve of a yellow floral dress; and dramatic ball skirts are reinterpreted as palazzo pants. This is a collection for happy people, who aspire to dance and live life to the fullest. It’s full of bold color and bold attitude, and we invite you to join the happy Era of Herrera.
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