Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

María Carolina Josefina Pacanins y Niño was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1939. She based her luxury clothing line in New York 1980, and dressed luminaries like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In other words: expect classic, pretty, posh, proper ladylike looks.

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Just because Carolina Herrera likes her women to look like ladies doesn't mean her deisgns are boring. Today, for Spring 2011, she clearly used flowers as inspiration. But instead of heavy, busy floral patterns, Herrera opted for a more horticultural feel: Full flowers, with stems and leaves, which looked "taped" to the (mostly black) garments.

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

While the collection could not be called youthful, the mature vibe the clothes emanated has a strength: These are not frivolous, ruffled girly-girls. These are grown-ups with glamorous and important garden parties and charity functions to attend.

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Keywords: Elegance, grace, beauty.

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

In addition to the black ensembles, Herrera offered pops of vibrant color.

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Brilliantly burning hues reminiscent of hot house flowers.

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Simple, sleek hair and gorgeous makeup complement a vivid, uncomplicated dress.

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Although what seems uncomplicated from the front is actually rich with shape, structure and detail in the back.

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

The hats added a lightness, a sense of humor, a bit of whimsy to the sophisticated ladies.

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

The neutrals were not as exiting as the bright colors, but definitely wearable.

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

For some reason, this screams rich, international lady of leisure with a scintillating secret. Like a vintage Bond girl… but classier.

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

But the eye-catching colors were the best part. Refreshing, optimistic, bold!

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

But since brights aren't for everyone, Herrera covers her bases, making evening wear that's more about looking smart, put-together and pretty and not trendy or sexy.

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

There's something regal about the volume!

Carolina Herrera Presents Strong Looks For Delicate FlowersS

A round of applause!

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