Herrera’s 2012 Resort Collection
Carolina Herrera’s 2012 Resort Collection has been unveiled to the typical double-sided ‘compliment’ from critique-extraordinaire Cathy Horyn who dubbed it “charming” even though it reminded her of mushrooms. Um… ? What? Nevermind, Herrera will no doubt be able to slough it off as she’s in a very casual mood about the unveiling anyway. The designer didn’t even bother with a traditional runway show and instead chose to show off her pretty feminine collection via low-key appointments – even “profess[ing] puzzlement that anyone would want to go to the trouble to hold a show.” reported Cathy Horyn. That being said. Let’s take a peek at what the lack of hullabaloo was about.
“This collection embraces the mood that feels right for today – light in spirit and fabrics, strong in color and never ever too serious,” wrote Carolina Herrera in her Resort 2012 notes. And Ms. Herrera means it. In what can only be described as an homage to spring, Herrera showed a number of pieces (a full skirt, a raincoat, a sheath dress and an ankle pant) in a wind-blown floral pattern that was almost watercolor-esque against a white backdrop. The cuts were flattering, but never to clingy with a bevy of full, dare I say “mushroom-ish” skirts that ranged from the aforementioned floral to a gorgeous two-toned persimmon/lilac to a black (actually a too-cute culotte!) paired with a big black and white polka-dot blouse.
And many of the day and cocktail wear fabrics found their way onto her famed evening designs, which were, in true Herrera fashion, pleated, ruffled and even bustled.
It’s obvious that Herrera’s shrug-it-off approach to unveiling the collection was not carried through to the actual designs. Which were as prettily perfect as well-thought out as always.