"I adore Singapore. I've never seen so many huge stores – so beautiful!" These are the exact words designer Carolina Herrera exclaimed at the Audi Fashion Festival 2013 Press Conference. (For those of you who don't know, AFF is a five-day-long fashion extravaganza and one of the most highly-publicized fashion events in Singapore. I covered the event last year too, and it is always such an incredible experience!) During the invite-only Press Conference – which was an absolute pleasure to attend, two designers – Carolina Herrera and Douglas Benjamin, one-half of the designer duo behind Raoul, spoke about their own brands and fashion in Singapore. Herrera proclaimed her love for Singapore and how her fans made her own brand grow. The stunning designer then presented two of her Autumn/Winter 2013 collections – CH and Carolina Herrera – that evening; two of the shows which I was delighted to attend.
Carolina Herrera: The Carolina Herrera show was inspired by the beauty of music. One of the most interesting things Herrera said was that the music of the show came first, and the clothes came second. Once the exact music was decided, Herrera proceeded to create her collection, keeping her beautiful theme in mind. While the theme was not a prominent factor of the looks, it added a lovely feeling to the clothing and the ambiance of the show itself. As the models walked across the runway, the smooth sounds of a piano played overhead. When it comes to the actual ensembles, Herrera achieved what she does best: the epitome of elegance. A variety of fabrics were effortlessly integrated in the looks, including fur, leather, and silk. The use of leather was particularly surprising, as it broke away from the classic, grand feel of the clothes, but it was done a way that maintained the collection's main qualities. The color scheme consisted of deep, rich tones, from forest green to apple red to the occasional flamboyant shade of magenta and plum. At times, there was a military-esque tone that appeared from the clothing, but it was evident that the clothes were more suitable for a social gathering. Details included oversized ribbons, iridescent sequins, white neckties, and geometric and floral prints.
CH by Carolina Herrera: House of Herrera's younger line, CH by Carolina Herrera, retained the Carolina Herrera trademark but a younger impression comes from it. There were quite a few distinctions between the two separate lines of clothing, which was certainly a positive factor, but it was just as well that the collections shared a particular essence. In this line, the youth perspective was evident with the use of peplum, polka-dots, and pointed stilettos. Sophistication was not lost, but a more casual outlook was created. For menswear, the collection was chic – with suede jackets, maroon shoes, and perfectly-placed hair. In terms of womenswear, the ensembles were in greater quantities, though the combination of fashion for both men and women was well done. Details included graphic + animal prints (note the look on the far left), and sheer sleeves, balloon-waisted silhouettes, gorgeous gold clutches.
It was a dream come true to meet the beautiful designer behind the House of Herrera (see the picture here) and to see both of her collections in action on the runway. What do you think of the collections? Stay tuned for more Audi Fashion Festival posts coming your way!