Carolina Herrera Spring 2012: Pretty but Not Precious (Plus, Nicki Minaj)

The Carolina Herrera show got a lot of attention yesterday because of a random Nicki Minaj sighting and subsequent hilarious pictures that surfaced of her and Anna Wintour as seat mates. But there was another show going on, let’s not forget. Carolina Herrera worked her usual ladylike sophistication with a few twists thrown in for spring. (And I wore a signature white button down a la Herrera in her honor.) All shades of garden green were woven into plaid and adorable sparrow prints on dresses and separates. Decidedly more graphic than her usual outings, with flourishes of deco and modern art, it was well suited to her buttoned-up gallery hopping clientele that keep up with the times by speaking highly of Koons while secretly preferring Winterhalter.
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The Carolina Herrera show got a lot of attention yesterday because of a random Nicki Minaj sighting and subsequent hilarious pictures that surfaced of her and Anna Wintour as seat mates. But there was another show going on, let’s not forget. Carolina Herrera worked her usual ladylike sophistication with a few twists thrown in for spring. (And I wore a signature white button down a la Herrera in her honor.) All shades of garden green were woven into plaid and adorable sparrow prints on dresses and separates. Decidedly more graphic than her usual outings, with flourishes of deco and modern art, it was well suited to her buttoned-up gallery hopping clientele that keep up with the times by speaking highly of Koons while secretly preferring Winterhalter.
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The Carolina Herrera show got a lot of attention yesterday because of a random Nicki Minaj sighting and subsequent hilarious pictures that surfaced of her and Anna Wintour as seat mates. But there was another show going on, let’s not forget. Carolina Herrera worked her usual ladylike sophistication with a few twists thrown in for spring. (And I wore a signature white button down a la Herrera in her honor.)

All shades of garden green were woven into plaid and adorable sparrow prints on dresses and separates. Decidedly more graphic than her usual outings, with flourishes of deco and modern art, it was well suited to her buttoned-up gallery hopping clientele that keep up with the times by speaking highly of Koons while secretly preferring Winterhalter.

While the color choice felt light and youthful, the clothing is still conservative at its core. There was hardly a clavicle in sight, but Herrera made up for it with a creative geometric pattern and some terrific black and white color-blocked shifts. An attempt at a highbrow denim jacket (made of cotton and linen canvas) just felt a bit off, though.

One of the show’s last looks--a long-sleeved sequined chiffon gown, spoke volumes about Herrera’s aesthetic—smart, simplistic, and elegant clothing for the Upper East Side in all of us. Even Nicki Minaj.

**All images: Imaxtree