Carolina Herrera’s creative Director Wes Gordon, a New York-based fashion atelier, celebrated the 40th anniversary of fashion with a rich collection of bold and vibrant ballgowns.
This collection is described as a “fresh tribute the glamour, fun and irreverence” of the 1980s. It was inspired by Carolina Herrera’s bright shapes and alegria de vivir (happy living), and Gordon’s handmade collection dossier that documented the 1983 spring/summer collection.
The New York Fashion Week collection featured Carolina Herrera’s signature styles, such as florals or polka dots on elegant cocktail dresses and ballgowns. It also included bralettes, crop tops and mini-skirts. This added a youthful, modern touch.
The vibrant colors of reds, pinks and marigolds were stunning, but it was the black and white riffs that made the most statement for a bold and confident Herrera woman.
The House’s signature feature is the dramatic sleeves. They now have delicate puffs on the shoulders or dramatic shapes that frame the face. Bright floral prints are mixed with polka dots to “evoke endless Summer nights.”
Highlights included sequin gingham in playful shapes, mini-dresses, and a print with painted brush strokes spelling the letters of Carolina. These were printed on high-waisted skirts featuring thigh-high sleeves, bralettes, elegant dresses, and high-waisted pants.
Bold statement jewelry was added to the collection, further echoing the floral and polka dots motifs. Shoes and handbags were made by CH Carolina Herrera. Makeup by Carolina Herrera Beauty was also included.