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Carolina Herrera

The Venezuelan born and raised Carolina Herrera has been a stalwart of American fashion for decades. After all, she doesn’t just dress First Lady Michelle Obama—she dressed Jackie Kennedy Onassis, too. Since Herrera designed her very first collection in 1981 (a suggestion from her friend, former American Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland), she’s become something of a go-to for Park Avenue society ladies. Fittingly, the no-fuss classic white shirt has always been a brand staple and she translated this look to her Carolina Herrera Spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection. But lest you try and pigeonhole her as conventional, this collection served as a reminder that Herrera can also be at the vanguard.

In that vein, Lily Aldridge opened today’s show in a bright, white midi dress with trompe l’oeil mesh outlining a tailored shirt’s front pockets and collar. This technique continued down the skirt to create the illusion of pleats. As for the palette, pink was the color of the hour. Rose, if painted a certain shade, can come across as dowdy and old-fashioned; but Herrera’s crimson was of the cotton candy type. A youthful rosy gauze shirt dress overlay featured beautiful sleeve construction while its longer version was so lightweight it seemed to float. If the tailored monochrome looks that followed came across as having slightly more rigeur, the textiles and silhouettes, which were shaped to modestly flatter the female form, made them easy pieces for our region’s society ladies.

The elegant finale looks, including a sleeveless box top and full print skirt with hydrangea prints (blue on the outside and pink on the underside), will find a following here. If this is what today’s socialites are donning, then Park Avenue remains as relevant today as it did 30 years ago.

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