"It's a very sleek and svelte collection," announced Carolina Herrera backstage,
as her audience poured into the tents at Bryant Park. "My emphasis is on
creating clothes that are perfect for right nowsimplicity works best for me."
With fashion winding down from over-the-top excesses of seasons past, Herrera emphasized a slim, unfettered silhouette punctuated by luxurious details like lace embroideries on shirts, asymmetric hemlines on georgette skirts and diamant¿ buckles on tuxedo jackets and dresses. Whimsical pieces included a black leather spinal-pleat wrap jacket, a belted Russian lynx coat and several sleeveless chinchilla sweaters.
Herrera's evening segment referenced last season's love affair with the early '80s: There were feathered tops, formfitting lace skirts and several off-the-shoulder stretch satin dresses aimed at the younger Park Avenue set.