Carolina Herrera, the Venezuelan-American designer, debuted her first fashion collection in 1981 at New York’s Metropolitan Club, and she has since, led her company to become a global brand. She has been dressing several first ladies of the U.S including Jacqueline Onassis, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, and many famous Hollywood actresses.
In 2018, Herrera stepped down as creative director to become a global brand ambassador and Wes Gordon stepped into the creative director role, with Herrera’s approval.
As the culmination of the brand’s 40th-anniversary celebrations and in anticipation of a post-pandemic reemergence, Gordon made a showcase of Herrera’s trademark “for the occasion”. Duchesse satin strapless long dresses, full-skirted gowns with voluminous sleeves in red silk taffeta had the pomp and the circumstance.
But Gordon didn’t shirk his own playful verve, by over-embellishing models with oversized beaded earrings and necklaces or with large circular metal belt buckles.