Carolina Herrera SS24: NYC-Inspired 90’s Elegance

The Carolina Herrera Spring/Summer 2024 collection, presented at New York Fashion Week, was a vibrant homage to ’90s New York chic, under the creative direction of Wes Gordon. Drawing inspiration from style icons of the era like Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and Gwyneth Paltrow, the collection aimed to capture the essence of that time through a wardrobe approach that was both linear and streamlined, yet exuded femininity, energy, confidence, and wit.

Set against the sophisticated backdrop of the Renzo Piano-designed Whitney Museum, the collection featured pragmatic pieces with a refined interpretation of the house’s romantic codes. The show opened with a classic Carolina Herrera look – a black pencil skirt paired with a crisp white cotton shirt, completed with kitten-heel slingbacks.

The collection showcased elongated silk blazers tied to the side over slips, and strapless black silk tops with wide-leg pants, capturing the ease and elegance of the ’90s. Hot pants, a trending item this season, were presented in a lavender floral knit, paired with a matching cardigan. Transparency was also a key trend, with a shimmering black embroidered lace pencil skirt paired with black briefs, contrasted against a prim lilac twin set and flat shoes.

Party dresses, a cornerstone of the brand, saw a departure from embellishments in favor of form. Notable pieces included a black and lavender stripe micro-pleated tulle ballgown and bustier dresses adorned with micro-pleated tulle cage skirts, blending nostalgia and modernity.

Overall, the collection was well-received, with its joyful cuts and colors, and a newfound flexibility beyond just dresses. However, some looks were perceived as slightly dated. The collection struck a balance between classic and contemporary, offering the Carolina Herrera customer new and unexpected styles while staying true to the brand’s ethos of joyful and bold fashion.

This summary of the Carolina Herrera SS24 collection reflects the brand’s commitment to evolving its style while honoring its rich heritage, capturing the energy and sophistication of New York and the femininity of the ’90s.

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