New York Fashion Week Spring ’10. Carolina Herrera’s Basketweaving Class

September 14, 2009 • New York Fashion Week Spring '10

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Summary: Carolina Herrera's Spring '10 collection was based on the intricate forms woven in Japanese baskets according to her program. I'm no spring chicken, but this collection reminded me why I see it on my mother rather than myself. Aside from the first look of youthful shorts, it's a little matronly for my tastes, but so much of it is fabulous for a more mature woman. You can usually count on Hererra for impeccably tailored, luxury garments, but this season a few fell a little short. The fit of some of the dresses and gowns, dare I say, looked a bit baggy? It was as if Herrera experimented outside her comfort zone with varying degrees of success. The collection was chalk full of texture and shine, however, and I bet we still see many of the gowns on Hollywood royalty come red carpet season.

Color Palette: ivory, peach, orange, rose, lilac, sapphire, amethyst, brick red, amber, gold, silver,

Fabrics & Textures: silk, chiffon, satin toile, gazar, linen jacquard, raffia, rope-weave jacquard, wooden tiles, rivulets, leather belts

Key Looks: gray linen jacquard vest-jacket over silk linen shorts; brick-red gazar belted strapless jumpsuit; rose draped front chiffon cocktail dress with rivulets; one-shoulder amethyst woven silk belted gown

– Lauren Dimet Waters

Photos: NY Mag

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