Carolina Herrera's Pink Ladies Take the Frick

Pretty dresses in a pretty place.
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A look from Carolina Herrera's spring 2016 collection. Photo: Imaxtree

A look from Carolina Herrera's spring 2016 collection. Photo: Imaxtree

Now that Lincoln Center is out of the New York Fashion Week picture, it's been interesting to see where some of the designers who regularly showed at the official venue have chosen to present this season. While many have stuck with IMG, showing at its new official venues — Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight Clarkson Square — others have gone rogue. Like Carolina Herrera, who, back in 2013, denounced Lincoln Center for getting "too commercial," only to show there again last season.

She must have seen this season as a chance to try something new, and it worked out extremely well. Her venue choice, the historic Frick Collection museum on the Upper East Side, was a beautiful, timeless backdrop to a similarly beautiful, timeless spring collection.

While Herrera doesn't exactly aim to shock or drive trends, she's not exactly doing the same thing every season, either. This time around, she experimented with an uncharacteristically modern mesh neoprene fabric, as well as geometric peek-a-boo cutouts that gave her classically feminine silhouettes a little edge. Judging by the rate at which the front row ladies lifted up their phones to snap photos, the dresses with flower appliqués were big crowd-pleasers. So was all of the pink — the color made up at least half of the collection. (And, really, who doesn't love pink?) But thanks to the aforementioned design details, as well as nicely done pleats and floral brocades, it wasn't overly sweet. In all, it was a very civilized, sophisticated and optimistic start to day five of New York Fashion Week.