NEW YORK (AP) — Strong, brightly colored pieces meant to underscore bravery, confidence and exuberance dominated Wes Gordon’s show at Carolina Herrera on Monday, with short dresses sporting bold crimson ruffles and long trains in shades of pink, just themed for Valentine’s Day.
A color palette of deep reds, purples, blues, pinks and yellows brought dramatic silhouettes to life in dresses and gowns of varying lengths, adorned with large bows or voluminous sleeves. There were also perfectly tailored trouser sets designed to represent a self-assured and confident woman.
Gordon also used shades of black and white to contrast the bright hues. He said in a behind-the-scenes interview that while designing for this Fall/Winter 2022 collection, the themes of brave, confident women came to mind, and he also prioritized doing “something something special and something full of love”.
“The Carolina Herrera woman is looking for epic clothes,” he said, “strong clothes for strong women.”
The collection debuted a wide variety of midi dresses with plunging necklines or flared, dramatic silhouettes alongside chic mini dresses, some with colorful floral patterns. Among the most striking pieces of clothing was a bright red mini cocktail adorned with a tulle flounce around the shoulders and neck, so large that it obscured the lower part of the model’s face.
“This season’s silhouettes are distinctly linear and fitted, but feature moments of exuberance like an undulating waterfall, huge sleeve, or color reveal at a hemline,” the brand explained on its Instagram page.
Most of the models wore sleek hairstyles and strappy black heels. Some even wore oversized black sunglasses — never mind that it was a freezing mid-February day in New York City.
Gordon said there was a reason he opted for the dramatic. “These are our most fabulous and dramatic pieces that sell the fastest,” he said. “There’s definitely, I think, an urge to party, to dress up. The moment is absolutely right now.”
Celebrities in attendance included former ‘West Side Story’ Oscar nominee Ariana DeBose, ‘The White Lotus’ Alexandra Daddario and ’13 Reasons Why’ Alisha Boe.
DeBose, who wore a Herrera floral mini in dark purple, praised Gordon for leading the fashion house into his mid-30s. “I find her work incredibly inventive, but also once again celebrating femininity,” she said. “And for me, being a Latina, I could see myself…in these beautiful, beautiful clothes,” she said.
Debuting with a physical audience this year was important to Gordon because, he said, “We are so proud to be part of New York Fashion Week. I am proud to be a designer in New York. It was a chance for us to say, ‘We’re here, we’re still doing the greatest things, the world is still spinning, and we’re so proud to be part of this conversation.'”
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