By  on March 11, 2014

NEW YORK — The view from Carolina Herrera’s office Friday afternoon was nothing but gray, but the designer was far from gloomy. Why would she be, when a model was showing off the designer’s new capsule collection of cheerful colorful prints called Archive II? Drawn from Herrera’s print library, Botanicals, Sparrows, Swimming Ladies and three other whimsical prints hint at jacketless days. “They are very snappy,” Herrera said. “It’s a very simple story, but it’s a good story. Because the complicated stories nobody gets. This one you can understand because it’s so visual. All the ideas are there.”

But Archive II is not meant to remind people of her company’s heritage. “Do they remember? People in general in fashion have very bad memories or they want to have bad memories because they see things that have been copied and no one remembers anything,” Herrera said. “My problem is that I have a photographic memory and they cannot fool me. I know where every single style comes from wherever I see it. It is very difficult to fool me. It’s not as though I go around saying it because that sounds so…not right. But I know from where it comes.”

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