In Carolina Herrera’s pursuit of “lightness” and “fluidity,” the buzzwords in her spring show notes, she concentrated on slim silhouettes with a little flutter that cut from filmy fabrics — chiffon, organza, tulle and georgette — a logical means to achieving her goal. Mission accomplished on the collection’s relatively simple things, such as an ivory crepe halter dress with a gentle cowl neckline and a white column gown done in tonal geometric jacquards with a caped shoulder. Such were light and lovely. However, some of the lineup featured variations on an abstract print in jarring combinations of pastels with flashes of orange and black; there were also odd pairings of polished jackets and flounced silk shorts. In some ways, these clothes seemed like a confused bid to skew obviously young and didn’t jive with Herrera’s breezy elegance elsewhere, as in the eveningwear — two pin-tucked, embroidered evening gowns. Similarly, a couple of lace shirtdresses, sheer and cut below the knee, radiated a subtle edge, while staying truer to Herrera’s signature of impeccable polish.

In Carolina Herrera’s pursuit of “lightness” and “fluidity,” the buzzwords in her spring show notes, she concentrated on slim silhouettes with a little flutter that cut from filmy fabrics — chiffon, organza, tulle and georgette — a logical means to achieving her goal. Mission accomplished on the collection’s relatively simple things, such as an ivory crepe halter dress with a gentle cowl neckline and a white column gown done in tonal geometric jacquards with a caped shoulder. Such were light and lovely. However, some of the lineup featured variations on an abstract print in jarring combinations of pastels with flashes of orange and black; there were also odd pairings of polished jackets and flounced silk shorts. In some ways, these clothes seemed like a confused bid to skew obviously young and didn’t jive with Herrera’s breezy elegance elsewhere, as in the eveningwear — two pin-tucked, embroidered evening gowns. Similarly, a couple of lace shirtdresses, sheer and cut below the knee, radiated a subtle edge, while staying truer to Herrera’s signature of impeccable polish.

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