Is it the elegance? Is it because she is an American fashion icon? It usually takes more than that to impress a bunch of jaded dudes in the photo pit. The fall 2014 collection continued with Ms. Herrera's streak of optical prints. The patterns were bold and looked fantastic in long and short dresses. Red was a big color here and quickly shaping up to be one of the biggest colors for the luxe designers of NY Fashion Week. The bright colors in print or solid also worked for day to evening purposes, which might be exactly the lifestyle her clientele represents. Upscale garden party by day, gala by night? Red carpets that start when the sun is still out but airs at night on the other Coast? Makes perfect sense.
The architectural stage set-up made for a dramatic frame around the models as they walked down the runway. Each silhouette was modern, flattering, but still somewhat forgiving for the real woman. I liked the beaded motifs that made their way onto some of the looks at various angles.
The models strolled down that catwalk in a vision of confidence and poise. There are plenty of designers who will do girly or a gimmicky theme. I can't help that I like Carolina Herrera's theme of strong women even more.
photos by David TW Leung