Change is in the air at New York Fashion Week, and no bigger news hit this week than that of Carolina Herrera presenting her final collection at the helm of the brand she founded in 1980. That Autumn/Winter 2018 would be her swansong, was, in effect, a very poignant moment as the designer made way for the new guard – her Creative Director Wes Gordon – to steer the house into all of its tomorrows. An ode to elegance, opulence and unapologetic beauty, this was signature Herrera for her sign off, and we'd expect nothing less.
The collection opened and closed with a fitting tribute to the designer’s uniform of recent years; while for the opener that meant jet black and bright white were key, for the final exits it was the crisp white shirt impeccably belted with sweeping silk faille ball skirts, with pockets, of course, in just about every colour imaginable. In Herrera’s words, this was a collection that infuses "the house tradition of couture craftsmanship with the wearability and pragmatism of American fashion".
As monochrome made way to bright animal print lamés, ostrich feathers and beaded fringing, more fitted silhouettes emerged in tailored wool and cashmere blazers and coats, while evening gowns swept through the collection in draped tulle and silk taffeta and parachute-style colour blocking and stripes. A fitting tribute to a life elegantly lived and immaculately served.