Get ready to bring some statement prints in your spring 2019 closet. The New York Fashion Week is officially done, so we have plenty of new trends to swoon over. If you love prints as much as we do, all we can say is that the upcoming season will be very exciting. You will recognize some of the patterns from previous seasons but they are now upgraded with the coolest colors ever. Spring is such a vibrant season when you should choose fun hues to brighten up your outfits. Polka dots will still be huge, while tie-dye is making a fierce comeback. Check out the top prints everyone will be wearing in spring 2019.
The Oscars of Fashion, the CFDA Awards took place last night honoring the biggest American talents. The Council of Fashion Designers of America opted for a new location this year, the Brooklyn Museum. Issa Rae hosted the celebrity-packed event that included everyone from Kendall Jenner and Kaia Gerber to Lupita Nyong’o and Cate Blanchett.
Speaking of the awards, pre-announced honourees included Diane von Furstenberg, who won the Swarovski Award for Positive Change; Carolina Herrera, who was presented with the Founder’s Award in honour of Eleanor Lambert; Narciso Rodriguez, who took home the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award; Donatella Versace, who was honored with the International Award; Naomi Campbell, who was recognized as the CFDA’s Fashion Icon; Edward Enninful, who received the Media Award; and Ralph Lauren who was presented with the CFDA’s first ever Members Salute Award.
Naomi Campbell delivered one of the most emotional speeches of the night:
“I was told many times that I couldn’t do certain things because of the color of my skin. I let it drive me. And of course I’m human, and I found it hard at times not to take it personally. But I stand here today as a proud woman of color, and I will continue to push for diversity and equality in this industry,” the supermodel told the audience.
The main part of the event included A-list presenters who handed the top prizes to the brightest talents in American fashion. The award of Womenswear Designer of The Year went in the hands of Raf Simons of Calvin Klein for the second year in a row. James Jebbia of Supreme was awarded for best menswear designer and he had some interesting thoughts on the topic:
“I’ve never considered Supreme to be a fashion company or myself to be a designer, but I appreciate the recognition for what we do,” he said.
According to the CFDA, in the accessory game, famous twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olen of The Row won. The Council of Fashion Designers of America decided to present the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent to Sander Lak of Sies Marjan.
It seems that in 2018, the CFDA is finally giving some credit to influencers. The Council included a new award this year – The Influencer Award. This prize went into the hands of no other than Kim Kardashian. Ten years ago, the reality star was considered as famous for being famous without any particular talent. But now the CFDA is recognizing her achievements in the industry with The Influencer award. Kim herself seemed surprised:
“I’m kind of shocked I’m winning a fashion award when I’m naked most of the time,” she joked during her acceptance speech. “But this is seriously such an honor, so thank you to the CFDA for this award,” she finished.
Consider it as an and of an era: after 37 years in the role of creative director for her eponymous label, Carolina Herrera will no longer design for the brand. On Monday the designer took her last bow on the brand’s Fall 2018 show at New York Fashion Week. The 79-year old charming women defined elegance throughout the years. We will no longer see collections from her, but as she explains, Carolina Herrera isn’t leaving her brand on its own.
“Just don’t say I am retiring, I am not retiring! I am moving forward,” she told Times.
We wouldn’t blame her even if she decided to retire. The fashion scene is a dynamic business and at the age of 79 Carolina Herrera most certainly deserves some rest. Anyway, Wes Gordon will take over the creative part of the job, but the women behind this brand will still keep a close relationship with it. From now on, Carolina Herrera will be “Global Brand Ambassador” for her eponymous label. The new role means that Herrera will attend at all events that her brand will hold, but Wes Gordon will be designing the collections. Gordon worked as a creative consultant to the designer in the past year. Herrera is probably confident with his work and it’s ready to let him take the lead when it comes to designing.
Carolina Herrera has been a huge force in the fashion industry for decades. Her sublime designs have been regulars on many red carpet events throughout the years. It’s safe to say that almost every celebrity has worn at least one Carolina Herrera dress in her life. The new creative director of the fashion house has previously interned at Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford. The likes of January Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Katy Perry have worn his signature designs, so Gordon is no stranger to celebrity fashion. This is very important since part of his job will include dressing up the A-list crowd.
In her interview with Times, Carolina Herrera was also speaking about the nowadays weird fashion trends. The designer is known for her sophisticated aesthetics and timeless creations. Countless women admire her designs, but a lot of things have changed since Carolina Herrera appeared on the fashion map.
“Fashion has changed a lot. What they like now is ugliness. Women dress in a very strange way. Like clowns. There is a lot of pressure to change all the time. But it’s better to wear what suits you. Add something new and you have a great look. Consistency is important,” Herrera told Times.
Although the nowadays fashion trends go from one extreme to another and at times it’s even hard to tell whether something is trending or bizarre, Carolina Herrera has stayed true to her feminine designing style. We have yet to see what Wes Gordon will bring to the table.
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After the long fashion month, we finally had a chance to get a first look at the bridal trends for Fall 2018. The NYBFW is much different than the regular NYFW and any fashion week in general. First of all, there is only a specific group of people interested in these shows. Second, the atmosphere is much more relaxed and lively. You usually get to sip champagne around a bunch of brides. The bridal collections aren’t usual collections. All you see is white couture gowns. Gowns that women will wear for just a day in their life but remember forever. There were multiple out-of-this-world numbers worth your attention this season. Even if you aren’t a bride to be, you must know at least someone who’s getting married.
Some designers skipped the NYBFW and presented their collection with a photo shoot. Anyway, these designs are just as good as the ones that walked runways. We wanted our best looks list to be inclusive because the future brides deserve to know all the options.
As for the bridal trends, get ready for minimalist gowns next fall. There were many heavily embellished breath-taking numbers. Anyway, a surprising number of designers designed their bridal collections with simplicity in mind. Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab, and Galia Lahav weren’t following the latest trends. These designers stayed faithful to their intricate design aesthetic. After all, that’s what they do best.
For the untraditional bride, there are a lot of options the next fall. Many designers included pantsuits, jumpsuits, bold numbers and short dresses as an alternative to the traditional bridal gown. Honestly, we loved the creativity. Brides should have a variety of options for their big day.
From Viktor & Rolf to Monique Lhuillier the designers presented many breathtaking designs in their bridal fall 2018 collections. Feast your eyes on the looks that made our hearts skip a beat.
Carolina Herrera collaborated with the Colombian jewelry designer Mercedes Salazar for her Resort 2018 Collection. The collaboration resulted in playful summer-approved jewelry pieces. Carolina Herrera is well known for her floral romantic dresses that radiate with femininity. On the other hand, Mercedes Salazar is popular for her out of this world hand-made jewelry pieces. The Colombian designer often times gets inspired by elements from nature. Her designs feature exotic bird and fruit motives in multiple vibrant colors.
Both designers target modern confident women who love details. Therefore Carolina Herrera’s decision to ask Mercedes Salazar to design a jewelry collection for her Resort 2018 floral collection seemed like a natural choice. Salazar accepted the invitation for the collaboration with no hesitation.
“I find that Carolina Herrera’s designs have always maintained an exuberance that one can connect to the brand’s Latin roots. The Resort 2018 collection was inspired by the gardens of Carolina Herrera’s family home in Venezuela. My first point of inspiration is always the incredible flora and fauna of my native Colombia, so our visions of color and nature were easily aligned,” the Colombian designer tells InStyle.
Carolina Herrera Resort 2018 Collection carries a strong Latin vibe and Mercedes Salazar added even more of it with her unique jewelry pieces. She created earrings and bracelets that perfectly complemented the colorful floral breeze in Carolina Herrera Resort 2018 collection.
I wanted to create soft and light pieces to dance with the clothes,” Salazar explains.
The earrings that Mercedes Salazar created are eye-catching and massive but made of lightweight materials to compliment the light floral fabrics of Carolina Herrera’s designs. There are many large hoop earrings that feature small colorful balls of fabric placed one next to another.
One of the most noticeable pieces is the mismatched pair of earrings that includes a big blue macaw bird outline earring and small discreet blue earring.
Salazar explained that she designed the collection for women who are fantastic and love tropical fiestas.
Mercedes Salazar’s jewelry brought a special note to Carolina Herrera’s Resort 2018 Collection. The unique jewelry pieces are available for purchase at the Salazar’s website. The colorful hoops that come in blue, fuchsia and multicolored option are sold for $200 each, while the gorgeous blue macaw earrings are just a bit pricier and retail for $225.
Photo Courtesy of Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera created a very feminine Resort 2018 collection. The women who nurture an elegant style will fall in love with literally every piece of the collection. Carolina Herrera got inspired by the floral gardens at her family residence in La Vega, Caracas. That’s why the collection is full of floral prints, embellishments and vivid colors.
“I call it ‘a conversation between flowers.’ I have a lot of colors. You see all the flowers together and they all go together beautifully, no?” – the designer said.
The colors of the collection are very diverse, bright and fun to combine. From beautiful pastels, vivid electric tones to neutral colors, there is a design in everyone’s favorite color. Additionally, the palette of the Resort 2018 Collection offers a great mix-and-match freedom. The designs radiate optimism and happiness.
The floral designs are dominating in the collection. The different prints include pink peonies and ranunculus, white and purple sweet peas and yellow wattles. The diverse designs allow everyone to find their floral match. There are beautiful floral midi dresses perfect for both everyday and formal occasions. Carolina Herrera also created mesmerizing voluminous maxi skirts with motives from her family garden.
The floral romantic gowns are made for the ladies who want to accent their sensuality and femininity.
The floral motives are present through the entire collection as embroideries, prints, and 3D details. Most of the mesmerizing gowns from the Resort 2018 Collection feature eye-catching 3D floral embellishments. They are either placed through the entire gown or on strategic parts.
Besides the prints that Carolina Herrera stole from her garden, we could notice a lot of designs with stripes. The Resort 2018 collection is full of maxi dresses and elegant gowns that feature horizontal and vertical stripes. If you are not a fan of the floral motives definitely take a look at these charming dresses.
The solid designs feature color-blocking elements and wide belts. Carolina Herrera included wide eye-catching belts in a lot of the designs announcing their huge comeback.
Most of the shapes in the collection are simple but feature heavy embellishments and playful prints. Carolina’s goal was to include wearable designs because as she said: “Resort should never be complicated.” There are for sure designs that are reserved only for glamorous events but most of the creations are very comfortable and fun to wear.
Photo Courtesy of Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera‘s bridal spring 2018 collection was all about brides’ desires, with each one of the looks exuding an ultra elegant wearability that could make anyone feel at ease on her big day.
Like many designers, Carolina Herrera focused her bridal spring 2018 collection on the assumption that wedding days should be fun and not (so) stressful, especially when it comes to choosing a bridal dress that makes it possible to both look flawless and move freely from the ceremony to the reception.
For these reasons, the latest Carolina Herrera bridal spring 2018 collection features both conventionally traditional flared gowns, and fancy chic separates along with the spring 2018 bridal season’s ultimate must-have, namely the bridal jumpsuit. “I strongly believe in separates for weddings,” Carolina Herrera said during her presentation, “that, for me, is the modern way of dressing the bride.”
So, in what ways does Carolina Herrera define a modern bride-to-be? According to the acclaimed designer, the next generation of brides will be all about mixing romantic patterns with more urban-chic attitudes, whether one favors a bridal jumpsuit or a tulle gown. Although the collection, as a whole, is undeniably contemporary, Carolina Herrera’s standard romantic leitmotifs are always visible in her designs, and got here translated to delicate floral embroideries and fairytale-like cuts, such as butterfly sleeves and sheer appliqués.
“For me,” Carolina Herrera continued. “The most important day in the life of a woman is her wedding, and it has to be romantic, it has to be feminine, it has to be ethereal, it has to be dreamy—it doesn’t have to be sexy.”
Although one could debate whether her bridal spring 2018 pieces could be described sensual or not (I personally spot a clear “naively sultry” leitmotif I appreciate a lot), Carolina Herrera’s take on the next bridal season is mostly and unapologetically romantic, even with the modern jumpsuits being refined by one of the most bon ton pussy bows you will ever see in the months to come.
Romanticism aside, there’s another appealing leitmotif this latest collection of Carolina Herrera showcases, and it is the black belts some proposals featured. Like Marchesa’s lineup, Carolina Herrera’s bridal spring 2018 collection breaks the traditional wedding rules adding small accents of black, also known as the color (almost) no one wears during her wedding day. With Carolina Herrera being one of those fashion houses that usually likes to play with traditions most, we have to admit this latest unconventionally subtle take on bridal trends is truly remarkable.
“We have to keep the girls happy!” concluded Herrera, and her girls will be happy to wear one of her proposals, for sure!
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Carolina Herrera won’t stop celebrating her 35 years in the industry any time soon, with her latest Carolina Herrera fall/winter 2017-18 ready-to-wear collection actually being an ode to all things fashion.
Unveiled as usual during New York Fashion Week, the Carolina Herrera fall 2017 collection consisted of a dream array of staples that not only exuded standard Herrera vibes, which are always couture-esque, but also got filtered through a more wearable, ready-to-wear lens.
Polished to the nines and with intricate detailing that could make anyone feel like a queen, the Carolina Herrera fall/winter 2017-18 ready-to-wear collection was also divided into three well-structured sections, with each one of them giving us a glimpse of what Herrera is capable of fashion-wise.
The first part of Carolina Herrera’s latest rtw lineup focused on a kind of rigor we often see with Herrera, although here being definitely more wearable on a daily basis. Softly structured with layers of ruches and frilled hems, this collection’s first part will surely help those who are looking for ultra-fancy formal staples, especially when it comes to the “plain” white shirt.
The collection’s second part, on the other hand, takes Herrera’s signature red carpet-ready figures and translates them to a more cheerfully youthful attitude, the flirty, flared lines of which somehow end up being both minimalist and frivolous.
As for the collection’s last part, the Venezuelan-American designer focused on glamorous evening dresses, which got reinterpreted in a more party-ready style, or spiced up with a more sophisticated allure. While the former brought metallic tops and pleated gowns on stage, the latter was all about goddess-like silhouettes and tulle fabrics, the sheer appliqués of which inevitably dominated the scene.
This “second part within the third part” was also a safe place for Herrera to experiment more with intricate embroideries, sequined patterns and crystal embellishments, the astounding complexity and soigné refinement of which are what many are looking for when browsing through Carolina Herrera’s latest runway show.
The intricacy of the details created an appealing contrast when compared to each one of the silhouettes showcased that, regardless of the collection’s section, were pretty simple and nothing that could be described as being “too much”. The silhouettes’ lack of complexity was something Herrera herself strived for as, to her, “the less complicated, the more modern. Sometimes, when things are too complicated, they belong in the circus!”
The Carolina Herrera fall/winter 2017-18 rtw collection was striving to “show the essence of the house of Herrera,” as the designer pointed out backstage, and we definitely think she skilfully managed to do so!
Photos courtesy of Zimbio