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Carolina Herrera Fall 2011 Review

Carolina Herrera Fall 2011 RTW

Photos: Imaxtree

Looks from the Carolina Herrera Fall 2011 collection


SHOW: Carolina Herrera (See the full runway collection)

THEME: “People talk about inspiration, like a tree or leaves. My inspiration is real women.”—Carolina Herrera

ACCESSORIES: Wing-tip gloves; intricate, feminine thin belts

FRONT ROW: Christina Hendricks, Prabal Gurung, Joe Zee

HAIR: Orlando Pita for Moroccanoil

MAKEUP: Diane Kendal for M.A.C.

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: Quiet luxury

Clean and simple was the name of the game this season for Carolina Herrera, who showed a pared-down, “for the real women” collection of dressed-up day wear and after-dark ensembles.

Smart gray suits and shift dresses were pieces her customers will easily wear for a lifetime, though eye-catching luxe details weren’t completely absent, a long-sleeve, beaded polo and fur touches among them. (Siri Tollerod’s black boatneck dress trimmed with fur at the neck couldn’t be more perfect for a latter-day Princess Grace.)

Pops of bright color were welcome, particularly a bright vermilion that appeared in a bracelet-length day dress and a bright blue sleeveless sheath.

For evening, there were flashes of classic Carolina, like a long, robin’s-egg blue taffeta skirt topped with an elaborately full-sleeve blouse, and a rich eggplant organza gown, its top half the elegant collared blouse that’s become Herrera’s personal signature.

Was there a wow factor? Not necessarily—but that won’t stop red-carpet walkers from clamoring after her wares, and there was all the more to choose from for the rest of us.

SEE THE FALL 2011 RUNWAY COLLECTIONS

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