Fashion

09.09.13

Carolina Herrera's Geometry Lesson

The designer’s Spring/Summer 2014 show was an optical awakening-- a spectacular interplay of high fashion, art, and geometric motifs.

Carolina Herrera’s Spring collection was inspired by the Kinetic Art movement, and the “effects of motion and the eye’s perception.” That translated to a dynamic interaction between body and mathematical proportions: sculpted hour-glass bodices, ivory dresses of concentric rings and prints, and chiffon skirts with vanishing, trompe l'oeil curves.

But not everything was as precise as a work of geometric theory: there were surprises such as floppy hats, asymmetrical bathing suits, and feathered tops.

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After the show, Ne-Yo was swarmed by fans. He took a moment to chat with us – and plug his new album. “I’m in the lab as we speak, which would explain all of this un-cute scruff,” he said, rubbing his chin. “Album will be out around the top of the year.” As for incorporating some of the Herrera models in his music videos? “Yeah, I think the better question is which models would I not have in my music video? When we suggested that the show’s opener, Karlie Kloss, would be a good choice, Ne-Yo replied, “Karlie? Wait, I’m sorry I don’t know who that is.”

Close by was Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks who had just gotten up from her front-row seat next to legendary New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. When asked if Joan Harris or her any of her other on-screen characters would wear something from Herrera’s collection, she chuckled: “One of my characters?” she said. “No, I want to wear it for myself!”