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Carolina Herrera Fall 2012 Runway Review

Sometimes I look at a Carolina Herrera collection and wonder who exactly wears it. It looks out of place on 19-year-old models, but is it really appropriate for an older woman? This season’s showing was more of the same. While the prints were new, and the necklines varied, the collection was a mélange of the brand’s stapes with what can only be described as kooky styling. There were definitely standout pieces, including a few incredible full-length skirts, but the odd pairing of separates, not to mention the look which had a black jacket completely covering a dress, had me wanting more. The Carolina Herrera woman has always been a lady who lunched, and this season definitely had something for her, but there was something missing in the styling and running order that detracted from the show. 

For the die-hard Carolina fans, there were pieces that could anchor a wonderful spring wardrobe. There were the signature wrapped tops and feminine dresses but also more interesting elements such as cropped tops with full skirts, the excellent pairing of navy and black, and a beautiful painterly print. Many will mark this collection as another hands down success for the designer, but I think it’s time we saw something a bit more modern from her.