In Carolina Herrera’s pursuit of “lightness” and “fluidity,” thebuzzwords in her spring show notes, she concentrated on slim silhouetteswith a little flutter that cut from filmy fabrics — chiffon, organza,tulle and georgette — a logical means to achieving her goal. Missionaccomplished on the collection’s relatively simple things, such as anivory crepe halter dress with a gentle cowl neckline and a white columngown done in tonal geometric jacquards with a caped shoulder. Such werelight and lovely. However, some of the lineup featured variations on anabstract print in jarring combinations of pastels with flashes of orangeand black; there were also odd pairings of polished jackets andflounced silk shorts. In some ways, these clothes seemed like a confusedbid to skew obviously young and didn’t jive with Herrera’s breezyelegance elsewhere, as in the eveningwear — two pin-tucked, embroideredevening gowns. Similarly, a couple of lace shirtdresses, sheer and cutbelow the knee, radiated a subtle edge, while staying truer to Herrera’ssignature of impeccable polish.

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