Staying Modern for Carolina Herrera and Donna Karan

carolina herrera fall 2014

It is no secret that Carolina Herrera’s collections are always a reflection of herself – clothes are what she’d wear. But over the past few seasons, I’ve felt the designer beginning to look more into the future. Youth is the market today, which is something she’s achieving with class. And I love how diligently she’s opening a place for young girls of society to wear her clothes. 

This collection was a take on what a young Herrera would embody today.

Sure, there were those classical Herrera numbers that opened – straight pencil wool skirts and dresses – worn with newer proportions of rounded shoulder coats in teal, cobalt, and gray; they looked like royalty when paired with turtlenecks. I was pleased with one blue crocodile patchwork coat her most loyal customers will probably appreciate next season. She doesn’t show much of these fabrics at all.

But her geometric patterns were what caught mostly my attention in youthful colors like red, turquoise, and blue. Triangles, diamonds, all printed or embroidered. They looked chic for an afternoon brunch or meeting with some friends – especially worn with pretty luxe velvet belts. And what about that simple (and gorgeous) red embroidered dress Karlie Kloss wore at the end; make that one ready for a friend’s QuinceaƱera event. In general, most of her eveningwear dresses could be the place mother and daughter would enjoy shopping. Lovely!

donna karan fall 2014

“30 years of inspiration,” was Donna Karan’s fall theme. I can’t believe it’s been so long since Donna Karan first launched her line back in 1984; her clothes always feel new.

She’s been widely recognized for creating essential jerseys and sharp constructed jackets any women could find easy to wear. And she brought all that again in an invigorating and sexy modern show that took place down Wall Street. The perfect area to bring back those memories, don’t you think?

Outerwear was without a doubt her sweet triumph. A gold, sunbathed velvet cut-out number was just one of those. Suits identified her as a master of seduction giving them a sex appeal with lighter fabric skirts or knee-high boots that emphasized her tailoring skills. And those revealing silk chiffon and embroidered gowns that paraded at the end spoke about today’s culture: exposed confidence; showing some skin is nothing serious. 

She’s given a desire to every generation of women out there. And a pride to her beloved New York. 

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