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Carolina Herrera Teaches Us the Art of Being a Lady

Feb 10 2014 - 7:00am

Though there are countless designers to choose from when a woman wants to look beautiful, when her goal is to be a lady, nobody suits her better than Carolina Herrera [1]. Perhaps that's because Herrera herself is the quintessential lady in her signature crisp, white button-downs and neatly shorn locks. The Venezuelan beauty's personal style — formed from the early age of 13 when she first attended Haute Couture shows — is as much an influence on her feminine and printed gowns as the botanical inspirations she finds for her often floral designs. Click through to see where Herrera's been as we look forward to where she's going for Fall 2014.

Fall 2003

A rich burgundy hue added to the luxurious tone of this asymmetric cocktail dress.

Fall 2003

Tiers of black tulle made for a stunning gown.

Fall 2003

This striking silhouette was given feminine appeal from a delicate bow.

Spring 2004

Something a bit more sleek and sporty hit the runway for Herrera's Spring 2004 collection.

Spring 2004

A true Herrera signature, this patchwork print and bold hue would become a recurring theme in future collections.

Spring 2004

Color is one of Herrera's strengths, and this dress was evidence.

Fall 2004

When Herrera does sparkle, she keeps it understated.

Fall 2004

With the way this dress moved, you could imagine Herrera wearing it on a luxurious yachting vacation.

Fall 2004

Structured suits are another telltale sign you're looking at the work of Herrera.

Spring 2005

Herrera's white gown served as a reminder that designing for brides is another of her strengths.

Spring 2005

Does anything flow like this gown?

Spring 2005

Herrera's prints look just as elegant for day as they do for evening.

Fall 2005

A rich, structured red gown was Herrera through and through.

Fall 2005

A frequent wearer of separates herself, Herrera knows her way around a pencil skirt.

Fall 2005

Her personal uniform occasionally makes its way onto the runway.

Spring 2006

Herrera doubled up on the prints for this airy design.

Spring 2006

Does it get any more girlie than a pretty pink dress decked in bows?

Spring 2006

When she does black, surprising elements like ornate beading or vibrant straps make her dresses anything but basic.

Spring 2007

When you're wearing a dress as lovely as Herrera's, why hide it under anything less pretty?

Spring 2007

Sticking to a floral motif for Spring 2007, Herrera experimented with a new, boxy silhouette.

Spring 2007

The bodice of this dress (structured and folded) is one that's seen often throughout her collections.

Fall 2007

Herrera would have you layer with nothing less glamorous than fur!

Fall 2007

The way this printed gown moved reflected the laid-back glamour of the Herrera woman.

Fall 2007

Embellished with sparkle, the pockets on Herrera's cocktail dress were both functional and fashionable.

Spring 2008

Herrera highlighted the female form with a carefully contoured piecework print.

Spring 2008

One of her strongest designs, the bodice of this design looked like a warrior's chest plate.

Spring 2008

Sketched flowers added extra eye appeal to these pretty prints.

Fall 2008

For Fall 2008, Herrera went to the woods for a hunting inspiration.

Fall 2008

Dandy hats embraced the English country tone of the designer's autumnal collection.

Fall 2008

Borrowing from the boys, plaid suiting was at its most feminine on the Herrera runway.

Spring 2009

Pretty ruffles enhanced the designer's Spring 2009 runway, which featured tiers of bold marigold, scarlet, and even black dresses.

Spring 2009

Prints on prints were done in a way that only Herrera can.

Spring 2009

Carefully layered ribbon added a textural element to many of Herrera's Spring 2009 dresses and skirts.

Fall 2009

Herrera brought the glam drama to the runway for Fall 2009 with powerful mermaid gowns and off-the-shoulder numbers.

Fall 2009

Undone as this dress was, it still had the Herrera refinement.

Fall 2009

Brocade looked classic when paired with opera gloves and embellished cuffs.

Spring 2010

Things took a turn for the laid-back at the Spring 2010 show, where billowy and pastel designs made for a relaxed collection.

Spring 2010

Another bridal-worthy design in Herrera's runway would later influence her wedding [2] designs.

Spring 2010

The cutouts kept an otherwise covered-up design sexy.

Fall 2010

Herrera played with volume in this iconic, structural gown.

Fall 2010

An airy tulle wrap made this gown worthy of a princess.

Fall 2010

Herrera's cocktail dress was young and playful thanks to stripes of color and a hint of shimmer.

Spring 2011

Painterly botanical prints and experimental shapes made for a memorable moment.

Spring 2011

You could spot this floral shift as a Herrera from a mile away.

Spring 2011

Herrera wasn't afraid to mix unexpected fabrics and colors.

Fall 2011

Herrera's ombré gown moved as effortlessly as the colors transitioned from top to bottom.

Fall 2011

Even though she's a master of color, Herrera proved that she does simple black just as impressively.

Fall 2011

For Fall 2011, a pretty pastel blue stole the show.

Spring 2012

In Spring 2012, Herrera went to the birds, literally, and found inspiration from our feathered friends.

Spring 2012

A nipped waist was balanced with the relaxed charm of this chiffon gown.

Spring 2012

This red-carpet-worthy number was given its moment in the spotlight by Olivia Munn.

Fall 2012

Herrera defined "showstopper" with her dramatic, off-the-shoulder ballgown.

Fall 2012

Once again mixing prints and textures, Herrera's Fall 2012 cocktail dress was a playful party number.

Fall 2012

Inspired by painters, Herrera's Fall 2012 collection was touched by brushstrokes.

Spring 2013

The cool Grecian influence came through in oceanic hues and decorative motifs.

Spring 2013

Mint made for a serene palette in a collection that was punctuated with pops of bold flame.

Spring 2013

If anyone doubted yellow and orange go together, Herrera proved them wrong.

Fall 2013

After a more subdued collection, Herrera made a return to glamour with her opulent Fall collection.

Fall 2013

Structured silk and plush fur epitomized the luxury of this collection.

Fall 2013

Warm hues and bold stripes made this coat a topper you wouldn't want to take off once inside.

Spring 2014

Herrera gave us a lesson in geometry with linear and abstract prints.

Spring 2014

Layering geometric shapes over a coral column, the designer emphasized the importance of shapes.

Spring 2014

Herrera graced us with crisp, clean designs as well, like this white gown that took advantage of the linear influence.


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