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Who knew this NYFW would feature a departure? About last week news broke about Carolina Herrera, as the designer declared this Carolina Herrera fall 2018 runway show would be her last one. Many fans didn’t handle it that well, especially because she has been a steady reference at New York Fashion Week.
With Carolina Herrera waving goodbye to New York’s runway show, we had to balance the loss with a fall 2018 collection that, utterly graciously and respectfully, paid homage to a man whose creations made many women daydream – Oscar de la Renta. With so many creative directors renovating their aesthetics, Oscar de la Renta’s designers decided to stick with tradition and show some love to the label’s founder.
Oscar de la Renta Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 RTW Collection
After a few attempts trying to renovate Oscar de la Renta’s aesthetics, creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia surprised NYFW with an Oscar de la Renta fall 2018 ready-to-wear collection that copiously drew inspiration from the fashion house’s archives and legacy, leading the duo to a 62-piece line-up that was all about sinuous silhouettes, practical, yet extremely feminine staples, and Oscar de la Renta’s beloved floral patterns.
More than everything, as stated by Kim and Garcia backstage, this latest Oscar de la Renta line was inspired by a trip to The Cloisters the duo took with de la Renta himself to admire a Janet Cardiff sound installation. The Cloisters, a museum in Upper Manhattan specializing in European medieval architecture, sculpture, and decorative arts, served as the perfect environment to elaborate the intricate evening gowns, layered ensembles, and exquisitely beaded designs we got to admire at Oscar de la Renta’s latest show, and which surely won the favour of the label’s primary audience.
Among those cocktail and elegant proposals, however, the Oscar de la Renta fall 2018 collection made room for some utilitarian sweaters, skinny trousers, and ultra-covetable coats, too, which we are sure will soon become one of next autumn’s hottest items.
Carolina Herrera Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 RTW Collection
Founded in 1980, Carolina Herrera is an all-time favourite fashion house, especially among the New Yorkers. Carolina Herrera, the fashion house’s (former) creative director, has never missed a chance to prove her ability to charm all the cosmopolitan, elegant ladies of any city across the USA, quickly gaining fame and becoming a powerful designer in the fashion industry.
Comprehensibly, when it was made clear that the Carolina Herrera fall 2018 collection would be her last one, her fans’ sadness was palpable.
Anyhow, Carolina Herrera had already someone in mind to take the lead, namely new creative director Wes Gordon who, according to Vogue, “has quietly been designing at her side.”
As for this specific collection, we could fairly state Carolina Herrera took the time to make her departure unforgettable, for sure.
Focusing on structured silhouettes and dynamic lines, the layers of which became the founding base for a plethora of sophisticated pleated details, this latest Carolina Herrera fall 2012 collection was all about artisanal excellence, with tons of pristine uniforms, wrapped cuts, silk faille ball skirts, and oversized coats dominating the scene.
To top it all off, the line-up included even feathery proposals meant to be worn at the fanciest of the events we may ever attend, with a few striped patterns and asymmetrical details refreshing the rigorously chic line.
With Carolina Herrera’s aesthetics being so perfectly translated to fashion, will Wes Gordon be able to fill the founder’s big shoes? Will his path be similar to that of Kim and Garcia? Only time will tell, we guess.
Photos via Vogue