Carolina Herrera’s fashion shows have always followed a certain order. First came chic day suits, then followed the cocktail dresses and the special ball-gowns were at the end. This season, Wes Gordon decided to make a change there. With his “minimalist maximalism” collection, he started a new direction. The introduction of an unusual flow of prints, colors, and lengthy dresses were new, dominant and youthful.
To open up the show and display the new direction the label is going towards, the first look was floor-length trapeze dress in yellow and azure blue floral print. The same print came into short one-shoulder dress and a full skirt. The kind of contrast that was presented through the collection was bold and colorful. The focus was completely on the flowers as dominating print. The balance of sleeping flowers and Herrera blooming was the inspiration behind the collection. Next to follow was a sequined floor-length T-shirt that had huge iris on the front and same one on the back. The colorful collection continued with the same focus on the flora, in bold and vibrant oranges, yellows and pinks. Those were carefully combined with the smart black and white.
As it was all about the balance, the cuts were also balanced between tailoring and flou. The trim pantsuits were with peekaboo waists. The famous Herrera signature shirt was still present, styled with slim black pants, tucked in, with a pink look-a-like belt. The cut was kept fine, classic, crisp and elegant – as it has always been in this house. The other shirts came into a sheer option, oversized, in tuxedo style. They were bright pink and yellow, styled over trousers. The pantsuits presented classic monochromatic look, with a contrasting shirt underneath. Combining the sheer and other flower print, as well as the black and white contrast was seen on a beautiful short dress with full sleeves. It looked like a canvas with drawn flowers. What was also very eye-catching and somehow unexpected considering the regular Herrera style was the giant gown looking like a tent that was actually the final look that closed the show.
The significant difference that Wes Gordon brought to Herrera was the shape and structure, especially dominant on the dresses. There was not a lack of volume either. Along with the splash of color, it was a nice transition between the past style and the new innovations.