September 11, 2011 New York
As a counterpoint to the organic, Herrera went geometric. The idea popped nicely in a trio of black and white dresses, and of course when the motif read Art Deco in bugle-beaded evening looks, it was a perfect fit. That wasn't the case with random, constructivist-style trims on skirts and dresses, however.
When it comes to evening, Herrera's ambitions can sometimes get the better of her, and there were a couple instances of that here. Trying to marry canary yellow jacquard silk with dotted chiffon and big panels of embroidery is just a case of attempting too much at one time. But mostly, the gala gowns had the simple elegance of one of Mrs. Herrera's white shirts, particularly a beaded tank worn over a fluttery chiffon—not quite Vespa-ready, but close.