carolina herrera and oscar de la renta are two designers of class and distinction, who dress women from the same. and although it’s red carpet season, and all eyes will be on the celebs and their appearances, both of these designers realize that some women need to dazzle all the time, even when the cameras are off.
herrera had clients ivanka trump, tinsley mortimer, shoshanna gruss, and anna wintour front row as she presented a grown up collection of sharp plaid suiting, printed silk shirtdresses, fur trimmed coats and jackets, and sophisticated sweaters and fuller trousers. even with fun details, like toggle closures on blazers, big black buttons on a portrait collar, and drawstring sleeves on shirts, it was never too young or whimsical. and when it came to evening, herrera did what she does best: elegant, flattering gowns, heavy on the color (orange, reds, purple, brown, teal) but light on the bells and whistles.
de la renta also did what he does best: exquisite tailoring, lavish details and full dresses. the early part of the show focused on suiting: balloon sleeve jackets, piped suede skirts, brocade trousers, thick aran knits, flippy tweed skirts, collarless cardigans, and ruffled blouses. at night, there were short tulle skirts, cute taffeta bubble dresses, and full skirted satin gowns with illusion lace bodices worn with fur capelets.