Carolina Herrera’s Autumn Winter collection 2011 at New York Fashion Week 2011, Latest Carolina Herrera’s Autumn Winter trends for Women 2011. Her designs may have been worn on the catwalk by willowy 6-foot teenagers, at New York Fashion Week, but the designer, Carolina Herrera, was in no doubt about just who they were really designed for: “Real” women.
And to emphasize the point, one of her favourite customers, the award-winning ‘Mad Men’ actress, Christina Hendricks, was sitting in the front row, radiantly real – and exuberantly curvaceous.
“I don’t get my inspiration from books or a painting. I get it from the women I meet,” said the Venezuelan-born designer who was one of the late Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s favourites, and whose celebrity client list today includes everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Renee Zellweger, Amy Adams, and Blake Lively.
As a long-standing fixture on the best-dressed lists herself, Carolina Herrera knows exactly how to deliver the look of rich-luxe. Her autumn/winter 2011/12 collection focussed on statement pieces such as the sequinned cashmere sweater, worn with a grey flannel “winged” skirt, an amethyst wool pencil-dress with a velvet belt, a red caped jacket and pencil skirt, flamboyantly accessorised with a rust velvet belt and embroidered, gauntlet gloves, or a slim, feather-print silk dress with an amethyst-dyed mink muffler knotted nonchalantly at the neck.
Red carpet or grand gala-worthy gowns, where she allowed her Latino heritage full rein, came in vibrant shades of turquoise, gold, purple and primrose, some with extravagant, pleated bustled trains, to guarantee a Grand Exit as well as a Great Entrance.
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