Knee-length hems, sleek silhouettes in bold colors dot NY Fashion Week

Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:08pm EST
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Designer Carolina Herrera played with proportions and used sharp geometric prints in bold colors of blue, black, red and cobalt for day dresses and flowing gowns in her fall 2014 presentation at New York Fashion Week on Monday.

Hemlines hovered around the knee. Silhouettes were sleek and flowing in silk, twill, cashmere and wool felt, with rounded shoulders on jackets and dresses in a collection that was based on architectural and geometrical forms.

"It's a collection designed for today's woman, with many references to the past. So it's very modern. It's for now," the Venezuelan-born, New York based designer said in an interview before the runway show.

Herrera, a favorite on the red carpet and among Hollywood stars including actress Renee Zellweger, paired a black pencil skirt with a turtleneck sweater and a wool caplet jacket.

She topped slim wool trousers with a royal blue and white geometric wool coat trimmed with fox fur, and repeated print patterns in day and evening wear.

A red silk off-the-shoulder gown with beads at the waist and straps and a strapless red gown with applique confirmed her reputation for elegance and detail, as did a plum silk caplet gown with purple beading.

"Fashion is a repetition of ideas and you take inspiration from many other years, but you have to do it in a very modern way," Herrera added.


Television personality Giada De Laurentiis presents a creation by Carolina Herrera for the The Heart Truth Fall 2014 collection during New York Fashion Week February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Joshua Lott