For all its appealing intricacies and diversions, there are occasions when what we want from our fashion is relatively straightforward: clothes that make us look and feel good in equal measures. Those who are in search of both elegant and really just very pretty pieces will appreciate Carolina Herrera’s approach to transitional dressing this season, and her cited idea of a "global woman, without borders" in easy "uncomplicated” silhouettes.
There was a simplicity to the new collection that was alluring—and deceptive—if you consider some of the intricate fabric techniques at play: printed lace techno on a full-skirted dress, tweed sheath dresses and suede pieces (a surprise best-seller from last resort) that had an unexpectedly airy quality to them, here and there punctuated by a narrow, waist-nipping patent leather belt.
Evening fell with the requisite glamour: A pale dress achieved a surreal, moving-picture quality by way of multiple layers of embroidered appliqué—blossoms appeared to rustle from branch to branch with the undulations of the skirt. And gardens seemed to be very much on the designer’s mind: A comely, fresh daisy print kept popping up, persistent as the spring itself, painted on charming textured shorts, printed on easy silk separates, employed on a long forties-style dress in a nod to the house’s signature polka dots, and in a stardust spray along a black tulle bodice. The message here was loud and clear: Modern elegance doesn’t always have to be complicated. And in the end, what’s more straightforward than that?