carolina herrera runway spring 2010

Texture ruled at Carolina Herrera. Photo: Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for IMG

DESIGNER: Carolina Herrera

INSPIRATION:
The intricate woven detail, texture and earthly hues of Japanese baskets. The few shots of rose and violet color in the collection are inspired by summer's sparkling sunsets.

TOP LOOKS:
A sweeping caramel satin halter gown with body-skimming rhinestone accents that form an hourglass shape; a burnt amber ball gown striped with light-reflecting gold embroidery

ACCESSORIES:
Strappy brown platform heels by Diana Broussard for Carolina Herrera; Richly embroidered clutches worthy of a red carpet stroll by Nancy Gonzalez for Carolina Herrera; glamorous I-vacation-in-St.-Barts shades by INDO Indoptica, S.A. for Carolina Herrera

WHO WAS THERE:
Emmy Rossum, Rachel Zoe, Anna Wintour, Olivia Chantecaille, Shoshanna Lonstein, CNN's Alina Cho

WHAT WE THOUGHT:
What would have otherwise been a dull parade of earth-toned spring wear was made interesting by interweaving fabric for a basket-like texture. Satin trims and beaded embellishments were surprising accents that caught light for flashes of glamour that are Herrera's trademark. Raffia and linen jacquard jackets cinched at the waist are paired with shorts to create a new summer suit silhouette; but clearly, this is for the lady who sails and lunches more so than the office-going career woman.

The vibrant pops of amethyst and mauve pinks were the highlight of the evening gown collection, standing out brilliantly with billowing fabrics that floated down the runway. It wouldn't be surprising to see Hollywood starlets take an elegant spin in any of the dresses during the upcoming awards season.

--By Melissa Goldberg

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Carolina Herrera - Spring 2010
Carolina Herrera, Spring 2010
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for IMG

Carolina Herrera - Spring 2010

    Carolina Herrera Collection - Spring 2010

    Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for IMG

    Carolina Herrera Collection - Spring 2010

    Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for IMG

    Carolina Herrera Collection - Spring 2010

    Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for IMG

    Carolina Herrera Collection - Spring 2010

    Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for IMG

    Carolina Herrera Collection - Spring 2010

    Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for IMG

    Carolina Herrera Collection - Spring 2010

    Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for IMG

    Carolina Herrera Collection - Spring 2010

    Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for IMG

    Carolina Herrera Collection - Spring 2010

    Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for IMG

    Carolina Herrera Collection - Spring 2010

    Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for IMG

    Carolina Herrera Collection - Spring 2010

    Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for IMG