Nothing is so sublime or so cliché as a flower. Carolina Herrera took flowers as her starting point for Spring, as she’s no doubt done countless times before. This go-round was different. Where once she might’ve been content to create something merely pretty, here she seemed eager to push the boundaries, sample new fabrics, embellish with unexpected materials, and marry the natural world with technology. It was eveningwear as conversation piece.
The square and rectangle embroideries stitched on a ball skirt, for example, were made from thin pieces of foam. That alone was unusual, surprising. But Herrera took it a step further by painting those pieces with the details of a pink rose, then piecing them together like a tile mosaic.