Tuesday 24 October 2017

Clever Couture: Carolina Herrera from catwalk to high street

Ruffle prom dress, was €250
now €120, Karen Millen,
www.karenmillen.com; Black crystal earrings,
€27.14, Bags of Sparkle,
www.bagsofsparkle.com; Leather skinny belt,
€24.05, Mint Velvet,
mintvelvet.co.uk; Graphic and
jewel peep-toe
shoes, €199,
Karen Millen
Ruffle prom dress, was €250 now €120, Karen Millen, www.karenmillen.com; Black crystal earrings, €27.14, Bags of Sparkle, www.bagsofsparkle.com; Leather skinny belt, €24.05, Mint Velvet, mintvelvet.co.uk; Graphic and jewel peep-toe shoes, €199, Karen Millen

Roxanne Parker

Carolina Herrera is an old-school New York label beloved of the Upper East Side charity-set and A-listers such as Rene Zellweger.

Established in 1980 by the Venezuelan-born designer, this is an uber-expensive brand, which is big on luxury and even bigger on price.

In recent years the daywear collection has felt a little stale and stuck in the ‘80s with a heavy feel — think acres of wool, leather, tweed and fur all worn together with matching hats and gloves. However, eveningwear is where this designer excels.

Stunning full-length organza gowns, bold floral-print dresses and flirty ruffled cocktail dresses ensure that Herrera gowns reserve their place at gala balls and red carpets across the globe. This Karen Millen dress, reduced to half price, gets the vibe without the price tag and would be a chic LBD for a Valentine’s Day date

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