June 04, 2014 New York
"Uncomplicated clothes" is Carolina Herrera's simple message for Resort. At Chez Herrera, however, uncomplicated and simple doesn't mean dull. If her silhouettes remain straightforward, there is a good deal of sophistication in the fabrics she gravitates toward, as you expect from this label. Herrera has always loved flowers. This season she's taken up humble daisies, but there's nothing humble about what her atelier has done with them in the case of an evening gown boasting a multilayer skirt. Only the underlayer was embroidered with the flower's stalks, adding to its visual interest and giving it a nice sense of movement. A V-neck evening dress with elbow-length sleeves printed in tiny white and yellow buds is destined for a more casual affair, but it was no less charming. Of course there were hardworking sheaths and shirtdresses for days—this is Herrera's biggest collection of the year, after all. But she didn't save the charm for after dark. Lace print shorts and a fine-gauge knit embellished with swags of beads lining the neckline will find plenty of admirers.
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