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New York Fashion Week: Carolina Herrera, others present spring collections with a tactile appeal

September 15, 2009 | 11:48 am
Carolina herrera main Many of the spring clothes that designers are showing this week have a tactile appeal. Maybe it's a signal that we're searching for more depth in fashion, something to touch and feel, not just to look at and discard after one season. Of course, it also helps to justify a high price tag -- because you can actually see the work.

The new summer suit as a trend came into focus at Carolina Herrera on Monday, where a sinewy rope-weave raffia vest was paired with linen shorts. Herrera's collection had an organic sensibility and was free of any strict theme. Working in a palette of ivory, amber, redwood, rose and caramel, she focused instead on workmanship.

An ivory fils coupe, or cut thread, raffia blouse had the coarse look of handmade paper, cinched with a redwood leather rope belt over a pencil skirt in a tile-like Jacquard. And a draped front, rose-colored fils coupe chiffon cocktail dress fell in shiny rivulets. Even a brown and silver brush-stroke Jacquard tea-length dress appeared to have texture.

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-- Booth Moore

Pictures: Carolina Herrera Spring / Summer 2010

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