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Carolina Herrera: Peasant Hats on Posh Clothes

Godfrey Deeny
September 13th, 2010 @ 5:33 PM - New York

It’s been something of a quarter century moment in New York fashion week this season, Carolina Herrera becoming the latest designer to celebrate 25 years in business, with her spring 2011 collection shown Monday, Sept. 13, in New York.

On Sunday, Tommy Hilfiger had feted his 25 years in business, and less than 12 hours later Herrera did the same, taking her inspiration from Korea, especially 18th century prints from the Asian peninsula. Telegraphed in her program notes, it sounded an odd muse for a decidedly uptown designer like Herrera, and it was.

Quite why one would, for instance, perch a huge peasant’s straw hat, ideal for planting seed in a rice paddy, on top of women dressed to go to lunch or dinner on Park Avenue was hard to fathom, but that’s what was sent out on this runway in Lincoln Center.

In stylistic terms, Herrera wants women next spring to strut out in at-the-knee looks or elongated gowns, composed of faille and georgette in a botanical palette of dried pinks, crystal beige and sequined lotus. Those colors all looked fine, but allied in giant floral patterns and curious oblongs with Asian script tended to look far too fussy. Moreover, tapping into a rich aesthetic tradition where women wore costumes of considerable volume meant that Herrera’s whole silhouette seemed out of kilter.

Herrera has always been one of the most elegant women in America; make that on the planet, famous for her poise and grace. She will go down in history as a great designer, with a unique sense of patrician quality. Not however on the basis of this collection.

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