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Known for her elegant designs, Carolina Herrera is one of fashion’s most esteemed designers and with her new collection, continues to remind the world why she, just like her signature crisp white blouses, is both classic and chic.
Herrera grew up in a world of privilege in Caracas, Venezuela and since emerging as a fashion designer at the urging of famed Vogue magazine editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland in 1981, has been a favorite of jet-setting high society, First Ladies and Hollywood A-listers alike.
Inspired by music – Herrera commissioned an five-minute piece by English composer Tom Hodge titled “Capriccio for Carolina” especially for the runway show – the Venezuelan designer created an impressive collection spanning sleek, floor-length gowns, embellished cocktail dresses, elegant bow blouses, refined jackets and curve-hugging pencil skirts with flared hems.
True to Herrera’s ladylike aesthetic, the designs were both demure and luxurious thanks to 1940s details like cinched waists, puffed shoulders, fur accents and long sleeves. Colors – deep violet, forest green and blush pink – were also prominent, as were sea urchin prints and sequins worthy of a red carpet premiere.
“This collection has drama and romance,” the 2008 Council of Fashion Designers of America Lifetime achievement Award recipient told NBC Latino of her Fall/Winter 2013 collection. “[Women] will want it because they find it pretty.”
And while “fashion is always new,” says the designer, some things remain the same. As Tuesday’s fashion show attendees actress Maggie Grace, supermodel Karlie Kloss, stylist Phillip Bloch, and socialites Ivanka Trump and Olivia Palermo can attest, Carolina Herrera’s designs are always in style, making her one of the industry’s most iconic designers.