December 07, 2008 New York
You couldn't exactly call it sober, but there was a reining in of sorts at Carolina Herrera for pre-fall. A strict silhouette predominated: Narrow, below-the-knee skirts were paired with bow-front blouses and cropped jackets, and pencil-slim sheaths came in creamy ivory for day and a gold-on-black pinstripe for evening. What kept the mood upbeat were Herrera's strong colors—green, turquoise, and royal blue—and a bold, saturated floral print. The most recession-proof look in the bunch, however, did come in black and white: an irresistible strapless lace gown topped by a timeless tailored jacket.
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