Fashionistas, take note: Carolina Herrera is what poise and elegance looks like on the runway.
Herrera, a 74-year-old Venezuelan-American designer, partnered with composer Tom Hodge for her Fall 2013 runway show at New York Fashion Week on Monday, which was entitled, "Capriccio for Carolina."
"I was inspired especially by this piece of music," Herrera told the AFP. "That's why everything at the beginning was very light and then it is going into a crescendo." Herrera said Hodge "retook the Kreutzer, Beethoven's sonata for violin and piano, which is one of my favorites, and he rearranged it for the show" so the designer could isolate the opera-like drama heard in the musical score.
The collection was full of elegance drawn directly from the 1940's, with an emphasis on "a tiny waist, and the shoulders, and the movement of the skirts," according to the designer.
Models Karlie Kloss, followed by Cara Delevingne, opened the show wearing a long print cap sleeve dress with bow neck tie and a belted metallic overcoat with a fur-trimmed collar, respectively. In fact, fur was a large part of the show, in both traditional and dyed green and violet in bibs, waists, necklines, collars and stoles.
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Herrera said the collection is for "the woman of today who likes to be dressed up... Women are sometimes afraid of being called elegant or glamorous."