New York Fashion week has given us plenty to talk about but right now, let’s take a moment to marvel at Carolina Herrera’s SS14 collection where ‘kinetic’ was the inspiration. Kinetic in terms of art, to be exact; where focus is placed on movement. Herrera translated this art to the catwalk through the layering of fabrics, textures and prints, which give the garments a mind of their own. Herrera stated in a post-show interview:

“It’s the reaction of two layers — I find that this is totally kinetic…it creates its own movement.”

The breath taking Spring/Summer collection was a compilation of varied fabrics; from silk, chiffon and organza where everything was multi-layered and each piece held its individual magic on the catwalk. Here are a few that stood out to us in particular:

A mix of romantic texture and tailoring, Herrera creates the kinetic ideal she aimed for with thin monochrome stripes in contrasting swirls. The upper bodice with embellishment and a rich colour palate really take this gown to another dimension.

Effortless, harsh lines layered against one another; with the black paneling running through the centre of this dress make it monochrome perfection. This is something that we haven’t seen on the fashion week catwalks and we can already see this bursting onto our high streets in the coming season!

One of the more accessible looks on the runway; this classic black outfit is where we can draw some great inspiration. When in doubt, always wear black and this in particular is a bang on trend and up to date way of redefining the classic black silhouette. Everywhere in fashion week we’ve seen cropped trousers, calotte pants and the skinny jeans seem a distant memory. The best way to style these tricky gems is with a loose fitting chiffon top or blouse and here, again with layering at her advantage, Herrera does it perfectly.

Romanticism vs. modernist simplicity. Herrera marries these two contrasting themes in fashion and creates a masterpiece. The sharp lines of the skirt matched with the silk of the fabric soften the minimal stiffness of the print and this combined with the feathered mesh fabric of the bodice has a breath-taking result…what more can we say?

Despite it being a Spring/Summer showcase, Herrera keeps the majority of the collection earthy in its colour tones: it is this, which makes the collection stand out against the others we’ve seen at New York Fashion Week. Now you’ve read an overview of the collection, you can join the Amor team in our envy.

Words: Umika Verma

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