It’s the fourth day of New York Fashion Week. Today, we saw the new Wes Gordon collection for Carolina Herrera, and I am officially in love.
Carolina Herrera is a brand that has distinguished itself with elegance and aesthetics deeply rooted in the vibe of New York’s Upper East Side. In each collection, we see the opulence of Madison Avenue, the Metropolitan Club, Central Park, the Plaza Hotel, and Grand Central. Both the Carolina Herrera brand and the women who wear it are total New Yorkers. Since launching her namesake brand in 1981, Carolina has been defining the concept of timeless style.
After her Fall 2018 collection, Carolina Herrera decided to pass the baton of Creative Director to Wes Gordon, who has since been responsible for continuing the brand’s incredible legacy. Under the vision of Wes Gordon, Carolina Herrera’s DNA has been transported into a world of modern sophistication and natural elegance. The designer from Chicago has given us joyful collections, full of color and passion for life. The brand’s designs have become synonymous with celebration, luxury, and exclusivity.
But the firm goes beyond elegance and luxury. Carolina Herrera is full of romanticism–elements like floral prints, hearts, pink and reddish tones, and other symbols of love that have become part of the language of Herrera House. That’s why, it’s not surprising to see the Fall 22 collection presented on Valentine’s Day itself. For this collection, Wes Gordon envisioned a blank canvas, like the runway itself, in which each of the looks were brushstrokes of color ranging from red to lilac and navy blue. We saw items from across the color spectrum, including canary yellow, mauve, baby blue, and pale pink. Delicate satin was adored with paillettes, ruffles, bows, and beading.
The collection was true to the brand’s classics, such as the iconic look popularized by the Venezuelan designer that entails a satin maxi skirt paired with a white shirt (the third outfit that came down the catwalk today). We also saw the brand’s typical bows in different forms, from embroidered black sequin ones on white dresses to XL ones on the shoulders of pale pink satin dresses. We saw hearts in necklines–like in the sparkly, black jumpsuit—and the classic Carolina Herrera in beautiful pieces like a mini tulle dress or a strapless mermaid dress with a sweetheart neckline. Each outfit had an element of surprise–that wow factor that we seek in life. Just take that baby blue ruffle trim slip dress! I loved the little pops of color on classic garments, like the sky-blue balloon sleeves on classic black suiting jackets and the floral print looks.
Among the outfits that most caught my attention was the black jumpsuit with transparencies on the bustier, which was combined with a chunky gold metal necklace and XL earrings. It was full of refined sensuality. I also fell in love with the canary yellow satin dress with a ruffle on the chest and a maxi train. And, the mini dress with a strapless sweetheart neckline and XL train in light pink tulle was simply divine. Every outfit on the runway had that unique Carolina Herrera style.
The Fall 22 collection that Wes Gordon created for Carolina Herrera is a continuation of the story that he has been telling in recent years–one that references wealth, modernity, and legacies. This is an era of splendor and happiness for the brand. Carolina Herrera continues to delight us with its collections while finding a new voice but still speaking to those who have loved this brand for more than 40 years.
There is nothing more enjoyable than a Carolina Herrera runway show. Simply put: Each show is full of ethereal beauty. Today, everything—from the location, the setting, and the designs, gave us a subtle sense exuberance without going over the top. Each of the outfits that came down the runway was a testament to the sophistication that we love so much in this brand.