Carolina Herrera gets playful with color for Spring 2018
Carolina Herrera gets playful with color for Spring 2018
While Herrera, who has dressed five first ladies, stayed true to her glamorous and feminine silhouettes, bright hues of red, iris and yellow added a playful twist to the veteran designer’s latest collection.
“It’s a celebration of color because color is very powerful and color is an art, in fashion, everywhere,” Herrera told Reuters. “So it’s mixing colors, color blocks, but no flowers because the flowers are in the garden already.”
Dramatic shoulders dominated the runway as models strutted in block heels wearing breezy dresses cinched at the waistline that grazed sculptures by Picasso and Calder.
“Fashion is art in movement, so I need the clothes to be very glamorous, and to move in the right way,” Herrera said.
The Venezuelan-born designer recreated her signature stripes and polka dots using splashy color combinations and finished her designs with hand-painted mirror buttons.
Her evening dresses featured heavy satin contrasted with light tulle in soft hues and metallic sequins on vibrant-colored material. Animal prints on the bottoms of several dresses came alive as the models walked to the tune of “She’s a rainbow” by the Rolling Stones.
Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge and socialite Nicky Hilton Rothschild were part of the audience, which witnessed the first full-scale fashion show at the midtown Manhattan museum.
“I am very honored to be here and that they allowed me to do this here,” Herrera said. “I’ve been trying for many years and at last we are here.”
In honor of September 11 and her show coinciding with the remembrance day, the New York-based designer decided to make a donation to the FDNY Foundation.
“Tonight I am giving a donation to the fire department because it is 9/11. And I think those were the ones who suffered the most.”
Fashion Forward Dubai pop-up store returns to Saudi Arabia
- FFWD will present a carefully curated selection of the best apparel and accessory designers from the region
- The pop-up is driven by Fashion Forward’s mission to promote, celebrate and develop the region’s leading fashion talents
DUBAI: Fashion Forward Dubai (FFWD), the Middle East fashion platform, returns for a second edition of their pop-up store in Saudi Arabia’s Rubaiyat department store in Jeddah from May 25 to June 15.
FFWD will present a carefully curated selection of the best apparel and accessory designers from the region including Anaya, Atelier Zuhra, Arwa Al Banawi, Baruni, Beige, Bint Thani, Hessa Falasi, Lama Jouni, Nasiba Hapiz, Sara Altwaim, Shahad Rehami and Sarah’s Bag.
The pop-up is driven by Fashion Forward’s mission to promote, celebrate and develop the region’s leading fashion talents. Endorsed by the Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC) and supported by Dubai Design District (d3), the initiative is dedicated to supporting the evolving regional fashion ecosystem in its pursuit of attaining commercial success and widening reach into new markets.
“Fashion Forward has decided to partner with the prestigious Rubaiyat for its second edition as we firmly believe in the synergy that this partnership brings to all parties involved. We were thrilled with the success of the designers in last year’s pop-up and are enthusiastic about the opportunity to continue nurturing our designers in growing retail markets, such as KSA,” said Bong Guerrero, CEO and co-founder of FFWD.
ANAYA: Named after the designer’s daughter and inspired by her creativity and drive to follow her dream of building a fashion empire for the power women of the new era. In 2010, Chathuri won the International Young Fashion Entrepreneur award from the British Fashion Council at London Fashion Week for her startup company ANAYA.
ATELIER ZUHRA: Atelier Zuhra was established in 2015 under business entrepreneur Mousa Al-Awfi, who supported her dream to build a couture atelier in Dubai and dress up women with glamor and perfection. Zuhra passed her dream to her daughter Rayan Al-Sulaimani, who raised the bar by scaling up the designs to a more sophisticated and outstanding quality.
ARWA AL BANAWI: Like her eponymous label, Saudi-born designer Arwa Al-Banawi is an eclectic mix of contrasts. Designed for the subtle woman, her aesthetic is both classically cool and feminine — earning her recognition from Vogue.com and a finalist position at Jeddah Vogue Fashion Experience.
BARUNI: Created by Fadwa Baruni, the Baruni brand is strongly led by regional and local cultural influences as well as the colors and textures of nature, developing a signature style for the Baruni collection.
BEIGE: Launched in 2017 by Muna Al-Othaiman, contemporary womenswear brand Beige fuses clean silhouettes with impeccable tailoring, evoking timeless modernity.
BINT THANI: Inspired by art and architecture since its inception in 2012, BINT THANI offers curated collections that amplify the brand’s DNA of feminine and wearable styles for an international, design-orientated customer.
HESSA FALASI: An Emirati brand established in 2011 in Dubai and inspired by Arabic culture, where traditional abayas are given a modern twist with a variety of high-quality fabrics, a kaleidoscope of colors in on-trend fashion.
LAMA JOUNI: Lama Jouni is a high-end ready-to-wear label created in November 2013 in Paris. The name of the brand represents the designer and founder of the company.
NASIBA HAFIZ: The woman who wears Nasiba Hafiz is not afraid to try new things and is not restricted by background, place or time. She has traveled the world and knows how to inject her heritage into a style that is particularly hers.
SARA ALTWAIM: Born to a family of art lovers, Sara Altwaim has a passion for everything artistic. She took up writing poetry as a hobby and fashion design as her life’s passion.
SHAHAD REHAIMI: Shahad Rehaimi’s Abaya collection is extravagantly unique and caters to trendy women. She aims to demonstrate every woman’s perfection through different fashionable styles.
SARAH’S BAG: Dynamic, passionate and determined, with an epicurean’s delight in beauty and art, founder and creative director Sarah Beydoun designs handbags and accessories that are known for their intricate craftsmanship, attention to detail and vibrant, high-spirited appeal.