– By Val Bitici Twerdahl –
Consisting of glamorous, 1940s-inspired ensembles Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2013 collection would have made the most fashionable silver screen sirens swoon. With of waist-cinching belts, sumptuous fur, and long hemlines, the collection is classic Carolina with a few surprising twists.
As fashion royalty watched, the show opened with neutral tones of beige and brown, beginning with a printed, flowing, floor-skimming dress with striking black velvet trim on the waist and collar. In a rhythmic, sartorial wave, neutrals flowed gradually into bursts of green, and then ebbed back to pure neutrals before suddenly reaching a colorful crescendo of purple, red, blue, green, black, and white.
As in past collections, Herrera’s ultra-feminine designs and signature tailoring served as the perfect canvas for this season’s special touches. Our favorites were by far the designer’s waist hugging belts embellished with either fur, velvet, or, in one case, sequins. The designer’s glistening, multicolored celestial brooches—including those placed asymmetrically on the shoulders of an all-blue ensemble—were also exciting. Herrera’s most show-stopping piece? A floor-length striped skirt with luscious, mink hem that only the most daring, dainty, and affluent of women could pull off.
Val Bitici Twerdahl is a writer, born and raised in manhattan. Since 2008, she has worked as part of Vanity Fair’s editorial team, sometimes contributing to vf.com. Val spends her free time blogging (miscv.tumblr.com), traveling, trying new restaurants, cooking, skiing, and dreaming about one day becoming an art collector.
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