According to the New York Times, Carolina Herrera's fall 2013 collection was inspired by an original five-minute classical music piece composed specially for the designer by Tom Hodge.
Herrera described the song, titled 'Capriccio for Carolina,' as "perfect because it starts soft, and then it goes in crescendo. Just like I’m trying to do with the show. Soft looks at the beginning and then crescendo! All the drama. Then there’s romance. Then there is melancholia.”
With that in mind, Herrera began her show with a sweet floor-length number worn by Karlie Kloss, which gave way to more somber daywear looks. Herrera gave us the ladylike counterpart to this season's statement fur: The designer added fur trim to the most unexpected of places, including the bottom of a floorsweeping skirt, and the top of a fitted bodice dress. Interesting, to be sure, though not the most wearable. The more successful iterations of fur came in the sumptuously fluffy wine and forest green jackets, as well as fur collars in the same palette.
Then came the drama, in the form of floor sweeping gowns in plum and berry shades and a few bright red numbers. Abstract dandelion prints popped up in several iterations during the show--first in a subdued brown and black gown, and later, crescendoing, in bold blue, white and pink colors.
Herrera's strengths undoubtedly lie in eveningwear--the reason why she's won over so many A-list fans like Renee Zellweger who's rarely seen on the red carpet wearing anything else. We can't wait for the streamlined black-and-white gown and the plunging red long-sleeve number to show up at awards season next year.