Breaking the Rules at Carolina Herrera Fall 2012

Growing up, I was taught a few basic rules: always say “please” and “thank you,” look twice before crossing the street, and never wear navy and black ensemble. Boy, was my mom wrong–about the last convention at least.

At the opening of Carolina Herrera’s new collection, navy and black entranced a celeb filled audience,making us wonder what else our mothers lied about. Herrera nailed it in a striking exhibition of imperial elegance subdued by dusk color.

Herrera’s collection begins with an uncharacteristically dark rhapsody of looks in shades of deep indigo with black accents, and finishes dramatically with pigment explosions, brush-stroke prints, and voluminous ball gowns complemented by the models’ bouffant coiffure. Luxurious knits with fur and feather details smudge the line between traditional day- and evening wear, as a fine example of modern flexibility. While crop tops are not usually associated with Carolina Herrera, she thoroughly updates her signature ladylike aesthetic by pairing this tricky piece with a ball skirt.

Overall, a sweet and savory feast for the eyes I am sure Renée Zellweger, Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington,Kirsten Gillibrand, Joe Zee, Brad Goreski, and Nina Garcia, down in the front row were savoring as well.

I’m coo coo for: The entire Nordic princess meets Audrey Hepburn look the collection evokes, embodied in chic pencil and A-line skirts mixed with fur and feather accents. By far one of my favorite collections of the entire season.

All photos by Eliora Katz.

 Renée Zellweger a long-time Carolina aficionado.

Oh, Anna!

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