Thematic fashion is risky business. On one hand, the industry,particularly the audience at a runway show, loves a context; on theother, there’s nothing worse than a gimmick. This season, CarolinaHerrera found herself negotiating a tricky middle ground complicated bythe fact that she chose to work with not one, but two ultraspecificthemes. The dominant motif was Asian, specifically Korean, according toshow notes, that was reflected by intricate folds, a bird print andknotted belts. Then there was a major floral moment inspired bytraditional 18th-century botanical plates at times translated all tooliterally into blown-out prints.


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