Carolina Herrera Spring 2014 Collection

Posted on September 10, 2013

Taking her inspiration from the Kinetic Art movement, Caroline Herrera managed the trick of offering up a collection both romantic and traditionally feminine in the gorgeous Herrera tradition while at the same time exploring shapes and the very concept of movement through the use of intersecting shapes and lines, as well as ethereally light and fluttery frills and flounces that moved with each step. The result was fluid, hypnotic and – no surprise here – beautiful.






[Photo Credit: IMAXtree]

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  • Kathy_Marlow

    GORGEOUS! I’ll take one of each, please, except the bikini, that ship has sailed..

    • Jessica Freeman

      Right? That was the only one where I thought, oh definitely no.

      • kimmeister

        I marveled at its beauty, but although thought how useless it would be for actually going into the water. Clearly just for being at a fabulous pool party where no one actually swims.

        • Getoverit

          The whole collection is fabulous! Love it. Wish I could afford it.

          ps except the bikini because i actually swim.

        • Cz

          Like most pool parties in Las Vegas or Miami. Though, in that thing, you’d be the most covered up person there!

    • Funny, I just wore that very thing to Kroger.

    • Vanessa

      I want to live in this collection for the rest of my life. There. I’ve said it. I need no more fashion after this.

  • neonseattle

    oh my. love the inspiration. the first dress (the green one) looks so ethereal yet strong.

    • Clueless_Jock

      Yes – it’s very much in the zeitgeist of glitch and computer generated art. Truly edgy yet utterly suitable for the Herrera customer.

  • YoungSally

    Fabrics to die for.

  • Kimberly Wilcox

    The fabrics are great, the shapes are great and the styling is great! Thank goodness I was starting to feel like fashion week was going off the rails. *cough*bedskirt chic*cough*

  • homofascist

    Good lord that is gorgeous. Those simple white dresses with the print (the brown and the purple) are just about perfect.

  • kirkyo

    Wow that’s a whole lot of hits and no misses. There’s only one thing I don’t like and its PART of one dress.

    • demidaemon

      I think the separates (in the “swimsuits”) are a miss, personally. They fit into the collection just fine, but they don’t feel like Herrara too me. It’s like she thought, “I need something other than dresses,” and threw in these clunkers of beach outfits. Too frilly and overdone.

  • Tracy M

    Diaphanous and lovely, across the board.

  • AC Simons

    Swoon. The fabrics float beautifully, and the accessories are really striking. Herrera does elegant collections without being stuffy.

  • MilaXX

    First of all LOVE this collection. Kudos to her for having a wide variety of models. I see AA, Asian & Olive skinned, possibly Hispanic models walking.
    I would really like to see Diana Argon in that first, green striped look, but I have a feeling she would be more drawn to the first black & white look and then styled it to look like a Pilgrim.
    Once again, I am ecstatic to see saturated colors in the runway. My favorite is that beige-y skirt with the 3D appliques going down the side/front.

  • In_Stitches

    So many designers cite an inspiration, but you can clearly tell she was INSPIRED here.

  • hughman

    TDF. All. It’s modern without being gimmicky. The use of optical illusion in fabric and shape mixed with play in hemline. The subtle tweaking of classic silhouettes. Just brill. Herrera has always been a “ladies who lunch” designer in my mind but this blows it apart.

    • formerlyAnon

      Yes. This might be a collection I hark back to as a watershed. I’ve never liked any of her collections nearly this much. And I generally like her stuff.

  • Rand Ortega

    Really well done. Charlize Theron must wear #4 to the Oscars. I’d kill to see The Swinton in # 11. Such an interesting departure for La Herrera I applaud her sense of adventure in exploring different patterns.

    • AnnaleighBelle

      But *I* want to wear #4 to the Oscars!

      • Rand Ortega

        Me, too. We’ll take turns. : )

  • kim bunchalastnames

    the gown that’s fourth from the bottom — it is MINE. MINE, i tell you.

    • AnnaleighBelle

      That’s the one I keep going back to. It gives such a beautiful shape to the body.

    • ankali

      Fine, but I get the black and orange coat dress.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        we can work something out, i’m sure. we’ll just … rotate.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Truly one of the greats.

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  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Wow. This appeals to both the art nerd and clotheshorse in me. Herrera’s on a roll lately. I loved the early sheers with layered opposing stripes, but the deep green dress with the black pailletes is so covetable. Can’t wait to see it on Nicole Kidman or Julianne Moore.

  • wontons

    I don’t know fashion. That said, this is what I keep hoping to see on Project Runway: an attention to shape, some fun with textures, a sense of an overall composition. This is what I would want to see if I went to Fashion Week. This feels like a show.

    • marlie

      I don’t think you have to “know” fashion to enjoy it. All you need is an appreciation for interesting and beautiful things. But, yes, THIS is fashion.

    • Natalie

      Actually, as fashion week goes on, I can’t help thinking how on-point Helen’s collection was. Specifically her orange outfit- that sort of extreme-mullet shape of top (combined with pants or a skirt) has shown up on several collections, including this (16 from top), Monique Lhuillier and Christian Siriano. Also, in her choice of color- that bright orange has been all over the collections.

      I have to say that I don’t watch Project Runway, only follow it here, and that I don’t love all of the pieces in Helen’s collection, but it really stood out to me when taken in the whole context of this week.

      (That’s not to say that anything on Project Runway is as amazing as this collection. You really can’t compare. Just wanted to note this one thing I noticed.)

  • marlie

    Carolina Herrera never fails to impress me. There’s not a single clunker in this whole collection – everything is gorgeous.

  • prismamars

    That’s one gorgeous collection!

  • fiestyfashionfem

    So feminine and powerful and classic and new. Just really really beautiful and strong. God I love it all!!!

  • meowing

    Love nearly everything. I’m older, though, so many youngins’ may not be so enamored. This could motivate me to lose that last 5 lbs. Plus, orange is a good color for me, even if I am surprised it’s in a spring rather than fall collection.

    • Louise Bryan

      I’ve been seeing pictures of that orange turtleneck gown everywhere.

  • AnnaleighBelle

    I was afraid these would freak out my eyes, but they’re beautiful!

    Who should wear these? Someone “clean”-lined but still romantic like Nicole Kidman?

    • filmcricket

      Yep. I’d kill to see SWINTON and Blanchett in several of them, too.

  • valerie saenz

    *standing ovation*

  • Kate4queen

    Ooh lovely! And wearable too!

  • PeggyOC

    Lovely. And consistent and true to its inspiration throughout. That’s good design.

  • wisenhar

    I have to say, I’m not usually a huge Carolina Herrera fan, but this is all breathtaking! Definitely my favorite collection of this fashion week so far.

    • kimmeister

      My fave too.

  • 909girl601world

    Beautiful clothes AND diversity among the models – LOVE!!!

  • LaSylphide

    I keep going back through the whole collection trying to find something to kvetch about, but…zip, nada. (Thirteen from the bottom is the only one that looks out of place, and that may just be the angle of the photo.) I’d love to see those geometric prints in motion. Oh to live a life where I had someplace to wear these clothes (and the money to buy them, and the bod to put them on).

  • Miss WKS

    Beautiful fabrics.
    Gorgeous colors.
    So strong, elegant, and feminine.

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    I love HIllary and her guns down the runway!

  • Ramon Figueroa

    That orange dress makes want to get a gastric bypass and a sex change.

    • valerie saenz

      Now, look at you! Funny!

    • SugarSnap108

      That sounds reasonable.

  • TAGinMO

    She always makes beautiful clothes, but this seems like her most innovative collection. Good to see that those concepts can coexist so well.

  • annrr

    This is one of my favorite collections that you’ve ever posted. Stunning

  • valerie saenz

    I wanted to mention the brilliant styling of the models. Simple & elegant hair/face does not compete with those gorgeous clothes.

    • hillmad

      Yes, models who are allowed to look like beautiful human beings!

  • Trickytrisha

    Wowser, some stellar stuff here. Textures and prints are masterfully used, and by golly, the sheers are enhancing the looks not trashing them up. That dark coat dress with the orange lining is off the charts gorgeous.

  • hillmad

    Truly breathtaking! Wow! Love everything, but the 4th from the top long-corseted brown one is my absolute favorite! As someone else said, almost worth getting a gastric bypass for! LOL Thank you TLo! Herrera is a genius goddess!

  • rage_on_the_page

    I bet the Fanning sisters can’t wait to get their hands on the one with the hexagons down the side. Gorgeous line!

  • HM3

    Love the fifth, seventh (yes, the bikini) and nineteenth looks. Just plain cool-looking.

  • Viviennne

    GORGEOUS! So refreshing and chic.

  • TigerLaverada

    Gorgeous stuff. I love almost every one, and that’s really unusual. Wish I was 5’10” and had lots of money. 🙂

  • decormaven

    Solid collection. Looking forward to who wears what first. The stylists will be battling out for first dibs.

  • Yolanda13

    Carolina Herrera collection is perfection. *drops the mic*

  • Tatiana Luján

    Grogeous! There’s how to use sheer fabrics without being boring, dated or vulgar.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    This collection is flawless and better than ever. I can’t wait to see lots of these during awards season.

  • Miranda


  • sagecreek

    I love almost every single one of these pieces.

    Dear Lord, why didn’t you make me rich?

    And, more importantly, why didn’t you make me tall and thin?

    • formerlyAnon

      Well, while we’re going for it, why not throw in “perpetually between 25 and 35 in apparent age?”

      • sagecreek

        You’re right. We should dream large.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Incredible layering of the patterned organzas which creates another new fabric. Then the incredible piecing and tailoring of the more structured less diaphanous pieces. This is the highest compliment I can pay her—It seems that she went to the Ralph Rucci school of clothing design and graduated with honors!

  • The brown corsety thing! The crazy orange turtleneck! The WHITE SUIT! So so so lovely. Interesting and odd without ever sacrificing beauty.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    Vicky Beckham was looking into someone else’s homework.

  • Carrieanno

    Keep the fall/winter collections. I’ll take the spring collections any day of the week, especially when they look like this.

  • RoseJB

    Now I’m sad that in my life there will never be an occasion worthy of that gorgeous orange skirt and white top with a train.

  • Wow….wow…….. l love it…Nearly every single thing…

  • CommentsByKatie

    Dear Jesus, please let me grow up to be an rich Hamptons retiree so I can wear Carolina Herrera every day. I love ALL of this, so much.

  • Carla_Charlton

    Gorgeous! So much more interesting than her usual. Even the shoes are beautiful.

  • Jenna Chapman

    That coat…

  • KayEmWhy

    Fabulous! The green gown is amazing.

    • SugarSnap108

      God, I know. I had to stop and gape at that one (and several others).

      • KayEmWhy

        It’s too hard to choose.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    What bitch do I have to cut to have this collection appear in my closet?

  • Jacquelyn

    *mouth open* Wow. Divine.

    That pumpkin orange skirt…I desire it. (Also, lots of pumpkin orange on the runways this year)

  • oklund

    Wow – I’m stunned. Best one by a mile.

  • ChelseaNH

    Feminine without being preciously pretty.

    Also, is it just me, or are we seeing more than just a token model of color on the runways this week?

  • nannypoo

    She’s always my favorite.

  • SugarSnap108

    WOW, wow, wow. After doing a drive-by scroll through so many disappointing collections, it’s such a pleasure to pause and admire this one.

  • kipper

    FLOTUS in the orange and white, Please! Like others have said before me on here : TOTALLY CHIC! something that is sadly missing in so many collections – she sets the bar VERY high! ( and again, thank you thank you thank you for all the hard work TLo , but is there anyway at all to number the photos ? just to make life easier for us ? )

  • steeg of their own

    A lot of these are somewhat structural and fairly body-type specific, and I think it’ll take a fairly advanced fashionista to pull them off. I bet Swinton cried with joy when she saw some of these. That said, there are some real knockouts here, so a star with a good stylist could hit the jackpot.

    • filmcricket

      Yes, and they’ll need to test several of them with TV cameras in mind, since I can see some of those fabrics being too busy for moving pictures. But Swinton was my immediate thought too.

  • poggi

    Oh, I really like this. It’s a lovely and interesting collection that is cohesive but not repetitive.

  • Michelle Wilson

    Gorgeous. My favorite collection of the season thus far. Beautiful prints that are feminine but also sharp and modern. Not a clunker in the bunch.

  • Synnamin

    These are gorgeous. I want every piece (and the body to go with them!)

  • joything

    Oh, my. *worship*

  • E. D.


  • lizajane1776

    Not a sour note in the lot. Lovely.

  • broke&fashionable

    I have no words that will do this justice. Gorgeous.

  • I always love her designs but I can’t remember a collection of hers that I thought was this innovative and fashion forward. Just gorgeous. Hope a lot of these turn up on the red carpet during awards season.

    • Lilak

      Yep . . . Have been seeing some pretty, some interesting stuff from time to time this week but not much has seemed particularly novel. How refreshing to see an imaginative and singular vision handsomely executed throughout a collection. And especially from someone who’s established the reliable Look Miss Herrera has.
      Boy, did this runway make me smile!

  • saintebeuve

    Is it just me, or do some of the pieces have a vague art deco vibe? Lovely!

  • Katjoy

    Really loved this collection, especially the choice of fabrics. Was anyone else feeling a little like they were seeing double vision with that last one? Hard to look at, but very cool.

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  • ankali

    Very pretty. I think a couple of the top looks probably look better in motion than they photograph, but there’s not really a clunker in the bunch. Herrera is so reliably beautiful. I think she and Oscar de la Renta would dress me every day in my imaginary life as a super-rich beauty whose life’s work is to be fabulous in all venues.

  • LJCdoc

    Oh, to be filthy rich and skinny.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    Oh, if only I could afford the dark green one with the black overlay (and I could get it in my size). Overall a strong collection that I suspect we’ll see a lot of on the red carpet.

  • J. Preposterice

    *eyes these*

    OK, you know, I think the company most likely to sorta-kinda knock these off is The Limited, because a lot of that is translatable to their brand aesthetic. And then I will buy it and swan around pretending I am a lithe young model. Oh yes. I will do it so hard my toddler will think I have lost my mind.

  • Anne

    Oooh, I’m coveting the burgundy gown with the belt.

  • TerryMarie

    Wow — this is absolutely my favorite of all the collections you guys have posted thus far. Just beautiful stuff.

  • quiltrx

    I’m kind of loving ALL of this–but all the linework pieces are REALLY making this quilter’s heart sing!

  • macwell

    This is probably the best collection I’ve ever seen from her.

  • formerlyAnon

    Oh god. I LOVE this. I usually like Herrera’s collections but I LOVE this. I started to call out the ones I “especially like” and it just got too long. I really LOVE this collection.

  • Levedi

    Oh this is truly beautiful. I doubt I could wear any of it, but who cares? Gorgeous, light, genuinely artistic without being heavy handed and pretentious. Swoon.

  • Lilyana_F

    Just WOW! She managed to make it exciting and refreshing, while still keeping it very pretty!

  • KaytJ

    Mesmerizing. I love the play of lines created by the sheer fabric. Especially the black and white pieces.

  • Fifi LaRoux

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! Let people want to wear patterns on the red carpet! I love this collection!

  • MichelleRafter

    Love. My fav so far.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    That white dress with the keyhole and the green peaking out from the shoulders literally had me stop scrolling and start staring. Holy shit, that’s beautiful.

  • Diego!

    OMG, what a stunning runway show!!! Love the ethereal aesthetic!

  • Therese Bohn

    Wow! Stunning! Speechless. 😀

  • carnush

    So lovely. I’m picturing Cate Blanchett in all of these looks!

  • Cate

    Fantastic!! I love all of these.

  • dharmabum8

    Fabulous. Those prints are to die for…

  • Sunraya

    I don’t like the geometric prints. I do, however, love the orange turtleneck gown and the orange long skirt. We used to call them maxi skirts in the 60s and 70s. Are they still called maxi skirts???

  • Courtney Cne’

    Simply beautiful. Start to finish. I felt like I was walking through an art gallery.

  • Cz

    Words I thought I’d never say: God I love that orange long-sleeved turtle neck maxi dress.

  • nyazgirl

    So much gorgeous I can hardly breathe…

  • Rebecca Clifford

    Stunning pieces – except for that big white shapeless dress in the middle. But wow, this stuff is cool.

  • housefulofboys

    Not only must I have one of each, but I also want a pair of those t-strap shoes in every color/combination of colors. Love.

  • frannyprof

    Another collection I crave in its entirety. Gorgeous.

  • guest2visits

    While really beautiful it is somehow much different than I think of her look/aesthetic. Lovely, graceful geometrics.

  • Kelly

    Really nice. I must say, I’m loving these thin t-strap and ankle-strap shoes I’m seeing here and elsewhere. They give such an elegant, smooth line. And I really covet that flowing white cape-with-the-orange-pencil-skirt, except that if I were ever lucky enough to wear it, it probably wouldn’t flow like that, and the cape would just hang down oddly. Which is one of the many reasons I am not a runway model. (A need for food being another)

  • MissAmynae

    Christina Hendricks was there- Would love to see her break out the 4th from the bottom at the emmys.

  • Kristy Sheldon

    Most, with very few exceptions, of these looks were fucking incredible!