Carolina Herrera Fall 2012 Collection

Posted on February 18, 2012

Carolina Herrera may be justifiably known for her elegant, dramatic gowns – and certainly there is no lack of them here – but it was the quieter pieces and separates that held our attention this time. As impeccable as any of her gowns, the jackets, coats, skirts, and cocktail dresses still managed a wearable quality. And we LOVED the color story here; the range of blues and purples especially, but the declarative reds and softer greys and silvers also held our attention. Stepping into the tent and looking at the mass of stylish women in attendance, it’s striking just how precisely Carolina meets the needs and desires of her customer base. She knows exactly who she’s dressing and gives them the sophistication and style they expect. It’s not about trends; it’s about dressing a certain type of woman to perfection.


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  • Anonymous

    There are so many lovely things here. Pity you have to be 8 feet tall and weigh 90 pounds to wear them.

    • Amanda Gun

       Wow, I couldn’t disagree more! Obviously as with most fashion there are some pieces like that, yes (middle of the bottom row, for example, probably only works on a model), but for most of them I can see them suiting a wide range of body shapes.

      • Anonymous

        I agree with Amanda Gun–I actually think many of these pieces would look even better on a woman with some curves.  

        • finnishmaria

          Indeed – almost all of them have a darker belt or some sort of accent that makes the waist look tiny — which can really help hourglass or pear shaped women out.

      • Catherine Hann

        I’m a curvy girl, and I would gladly rock the shit out of that black and blue knee-length dress, second row on the right.

      • Catherine Hann

        I’m a curvy girl, and I would gladly rock the shit out of that black and blue knee-length dress, second row on the right.

    • Anonymous

      I’m with the dissenters here.  I’m thick-waisted with huge boobs.  I was just looking through this collection deciding exactly how to create many of these looks out of things that I can afford.  I think it’s a great, versatile collection.

      • Anonymous

        I have a small waist, tiny chest and giant thighs and I was looking through this thinking how many options I would have that would flatter me.  DEFINITELY stuff for a variety of body types!

  • Nora Mulllin

    It’s gorgeous but I find the hair incredibly distracting. So much so that I find myself covering faces/heads to look at each piece and not hate it on sight.

    • Sara__B

       Me, too! I’m scrolling up, instead of down, so I can block out the hair.

      • Nora Mulllin

        Exactly! Then the clothes are great.

    • Kat Wright


    • Anonymous

       Me four.  This Croydon facelift + 60’s beach movie hybrid hairdo is super distracting.  Clothes, gorge. 

    • Nancy Abrams

      That’s so weird since I was so taken with the gorgeous clothes that I never even noticed the hair. Maybe ’cause I wore hair like that, headband and all, in the early ’60s.

  • Anonymous

    “Clunky” is the word that comes to mind. I don’t like the colour palette or very many of the shapes/silhouettes. 

    • Anonymous

      Really? CLUNKY? (syn: gawky, clumsy, unwieldy, awkward, ungraceful)
      Oh my, I disagree so emphatically. I find this collection to be overwhelmingly graceful, elegant, tasteful; some of the silhouettes are constructed so simply and body-consciously, they can hardly be considered unwieldy (except maybe 5th row down 1st outfit).
      Is it the prints?  I don’t usually beg explanation for individual taste — but clunky??

  • Anonymous

    The prints are gorgeous, the light blue column being my favorite. I love the hair. If mine would do that, I would wear it every day.

    • Margaret Carlson Nikoleit

      That light blue column also stopped me as I scrolled down. Beautifully simple!

    • Anonymous

       I loved that, too. I want someone to send it over to Rooney Mara, stat.

      • foodycatAlicia

        Rooney Mara? Screw that! I want someone to send it over to *me*, stat!

      • Anonymous


    • foodycatAlicia

      The light blue column was the one that grabbed me too. Beautiful!

  • Anonymous

    Lots of gorgeous, gorgeous things here. I’m sorry to see last season’s teal giving way to electric blue, and the dusty pink gives me hives, but the shapes and prints are stunning. Someone needs to take that black-white-and-purple gown with the oversized harlequin pattern and get Mila Kunis into it, stat.

  • Delysia LaFosse

    Lovely, lovely prints.

    • cluecat

      My favs are the definitely he prints.  Third row down, third to the right – I love how she uses the print as a design element.    The black (?) arching branches and belt gives sophistication and interest to a silhouette that might otherwise be a little dowdy.  And the same row, first on the left squiggle dress is the one Sarah Michelle Gellar ought to have worn to the Golden Globes!  

      • accidental housewife

        The squiggle dress is fantastic. If I could have one piece from this collection, it would be that dress. A very close second (so close it might be a tie) is the black and gray (I think that’s gray) knee length dress, on the left in the next to the last row. It’s so classic and simple.

    • Sarah Clever

      Does anyone else see McQueen influences throughout the prints?

  • k op

    Beautiful collection.  I think she has shown several solutions here to how a modern girl could wear older silhouettes and  colors.  I’d like to see much of this on the bodies of our favorite actress/models. 

  • Denise Alden

    I’m surprised by how much I like all of this.  When I think of Carolina Herrera, I think of Renee Zellweger (not so positive for me), but this is all very lovely and sophisticated, isn’t it?

  • Anonymous

    Love!  Many of these pieces can appear in my closet, stat.  

  • Mori Clark

    gorgeous collection, seriously in love here. a bit freaked out by second row middle look, though- head to toe that’s the ‘uniform’ of one of my characters that i’ve been drawing, INCLUDING the bump-it hair. if she had black hair and bangs with it it’d be identical.

  • Anonymous

    So nice to see a collection that embraces color and still uses black & grey beautifully yet sparingly.  I do love the rainbow & all the colors more than a lot of people.  I have nothing against black or grey…but enough already.

    These pieces also look like things women would actually wear.  Call me crazy but I like that too.

    The slicked back lion manes are scary and hard to look at.

  • Anonymous

    Love this collection!

  • accidental housewife

    This woman seldom disappoints me. Her clothes are sexy, womanly, and sophisticated. I wish I could afford to wear them. If I could, I’d have everything in the 3rd and 4th rows. It’s not often I like pale blue, but that pale blue dress on the right in the third row is absolutely stunning.

    Love the crazy hair.

  • Jenna Chapman

    Look #9 — be still my heart! would love to see someone wear that to the Oscars…

  • Keith Williams

    I’m looking at the hair more than the clothes.  Bad styling choice.

  • Anonymous

    I still think Carolina does gowns best, but there’s a lot to like here.  I’m sure they look even more amazing close up.

  • Anonymous

    LOVING these prints, and the color story is really lovely!

  • Anonymous

    Fabulous prints!

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous! I can see a number of these gowns at next year’s Oscars.

    • Jacquie Scuitto

      I wa  wondering how many — lots I hope! — would be appearing at a number of red carpet events.

  • Anonymous

    I am so taken with the big-assed poufy hair I couldn’t keep my eyes on the clothes. At the 4th scrolldown I finally was able to focus on the outfits and wow! Gorgeous, luxe and elegant! Carolina Herrera at her best can outfit both a 75-year-old dowager and her granddaughter from the same collection. Brava, Sra. Herrera! And viva big-assed poufy hair!!

    • Anonymous

      I love the hair too — big statement hair that does not distract from the clothes.

  • Jen

    Many of these would look great on Shelley O.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed! Defintely see her in the dark blue separates or the light blue/dark blue kimono jacket turning it OUT around some white house lunch in the near future!!

      CH has always had the mark of quiet elegance, timelessness and true style. Ive always put her up there with the other (coincidentally Latin) fashion maven de la Renta. If I had the cash these two would always have a place in my wardrobe…

  • Sara__B

    I would have loved to see this fashion show. The beautifully-dressed audience would have been as much fun to see as the runway collection!

  • Suzanne Heist

    Stunning. I’ll take one of each.

  • Heather McIlrath

    mmmm girl. i wanna wear your clothes!

  • Anonymous

    Some pieces are very Carolina Herrera … and some are much cooler. I mean, in a way it’s very true to her, but there’s also a bit of a walk on the wild side.

  • viridian61

    Ok that’s it – must get some black tights.
    Oh, and I do not like the styling of the hair.  Many pieces gorgeous here.

    • Anonymous

      Do it! Once you go black you never go back. I’ve been wearing black tights since Hec was a pup , whether they are in style or not , I don’t give a fig.

      • accidental housewife

        Yep. I also don’t give a fig. I’ll never give up my black tights. 

  • MilaXX

    Lovely. Love the color story here. number 9 is my favorite, but  pretty much like the entire collection.

  • Anonymous

    Yes–pretty and flattering clothes for grown-up women. 

  • Anonymous

    There are always many things I love in a Herrera collection, and often a few I hate. This one is high on the love, high enough that I can’t enumerate them all here.  One thing I like is that while some would certainly not have the same fashion doll effect, they could still look good on a non-model body.

  • Antonija Mitt

    Absolutley love all of this.  The prints are really interesting (they look like photos printed on the fabrics,) the shapes are flattering and I love the blue.  Even a pudgy lady could wear a lot of this…

  • michelle shields

    yeah some color!

  • Anonymous

    Beauty + Sophistication = Hell Yes! Oh, so much to love here. So many pieces I adore that it is pointless to try to call them out. The blue column dress with the branches/berries around the waist is just gorgeous.

    The only one I really dislike is that drop-waist, feathered-skirt thing. 

    • Anonymous

      Agree – the feathered-skirt thing was a misstep in an otherwise fab collection.

  • Anonymous

    It’s all so pretty!  I wish I could purchase all of the non-gown dresses.  Actually, if I could buy one, it’d probably be a worthwhile investment…  I could see myself wearing several of those dresses for more than 10 years.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    This is beautiful!  I love it.  I, too, am drawn to the non-gown pieces.  I would love to own even one of them.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder which one Renee Z will wear to the Oscars?

    • Anonymous

      You think she’s going this year?
      Good call, though.

  • rebecca

    Beautiful. I love this. But some of these girls just look too painfully young. 

  • Gotham Tomato

    It’s kind of interesting that she went with the ink blots because her work is always a rorschach test. I usually don’t care for her work – it always seems matronly and too like the ladies who lunch she dresses. But this collection, and (I think) her previous one, seem like a departure to me – less matronly and more interesting.


  • Anonymous

    Ah, to be younger, richer, and thinner but not have the Lion King in Dallas hair! 

  • Anonymous

    Beauty! This kind of elegance has a lot of appeal to this bitter kitten.

  • Anonymous

    These are so beautiful I nearly wept.  Third row, third dress (#9) has my name written all over it.

  • Anonymous

    Sooooo much to love here.   The professional me wishes she were that “certain type of woman” who can afford to wear some of these pieces.  The prints make me happy.  If I had the occasion for a formal gown I’d lust after the sky blue one, third row right. 

  • Sara Munoz

    I want the one directly above the red ballgown.
    And also the purply patchwork thing with the shrug.

  • Merridith Kristoffersen


  • e jerry powell

    I take it that blue is the color story of Fall 2012.

  • kimmeister

    Ah, a collection for women who don’t want to show their nipples, abdomens, or thighs!  Such a relief.

  • Rebecca

    Meryl Streep, gowns in the last row, left and right column.

    Because, WOW, would she be stunning in those.


    Gorgeous prints. Gorgeous colors. Gorgeous shapes.