Behind the Scenes: Backstage at Carolina Herrera Spring 2015

CAROLINA HERRERA SPRING 2015 SHOW

| Mrs. Herrera with model Ysaunny Brito |

The flashbulb-flooded scene at New York Fashion Week is de rigueur for Carolina Herrera, who showed her Spring 2015 collection last week at Lincoln Center. She debuted her namesake line more than three decades ago and was recently honored with the Museum at FIT’s Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion, but the veteran designer still jumps head first into each season, starting with a focused inspiration: “When I began designing this collection, I decided that I was was going to literally take the color code of a tulip and it would determine the colors. I took a simple bloom digitized into a spectral palette of color from vibrant pinks, iris blues, majestic purples to gray tones, and soft yellows.”

This season, Mrs. Herrera’s signature sophistication — back on Gilt today with stunning gowns, cashmere knits, and more — gets a high-tech twist. Traditional floral motifs are “pixelated in graphic prints with chiffon overlays and appliques on techno crepe and techno pique fabrics,” Mrs. Herrera explains. “I wanted a collection full of drama and the large over-scale flowers and graphic prints created just that.” The beauty look delivers an equally modern punch: The team worked with master stylist Orlando Pita to “create a futuristic take on a bow, similar to the way that I tie my belts,” Mrs. Herrera shares. M.A.C.’s Diane Kendal created a “Classic Carolina” face — defined cheekbones, a light blush on the cheeks, and a bold pop of color on the lip.

Check out more backstage snaps from the show, then shop our latest edit from Carolina Herrera now on Gilt.

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| Run of show |

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| The design team collaborated with Manolo Blahnik for the collection’s shoes |

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Instant Cool Factor: The Statement Sweatshirt

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The semiannual Fashion Week rush turns NYC into a veritable urban playground for the style elite, with swarms of photographers poised to capture editors, models, bloggers, and celebs in carefully curated — #OOTD-worthy — looks as they dash from show to show. Standing out is certainly no easy feat, but rest assured that hand-painted Burberry trench coats and Moschino-stamped Happy Meal accessories aren’t prerequisites for street style success. The easiest way to look seriously cool? Throw on a statement sweatshirt. The casual classic has come a long way from its coach-potato origins, revamped for the modern city girl with vintage logos, splashy graphic prints, and over-the-top embellishments. Get inspired by these street-style veterans, and score your own dressed-up layering piece from our sale, starting tonight at 9pm ET.

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Gilt ♥ Glamour: Go Inside the Exclusive Collaboration

christina_quoteIt’s not every day you get to take a walk in a fashion editor’s shoes…until now. We tapped three of Glamour’s chicest (and most shoe-obsessed) staffers to design a perfect-for-fall lineup every girl can get behind. Introducing the Gilt ♥ Glamour Collection, featuring red suede power pumps, classic-cool oxfords remixed in printed ponyhair, and sexy lace-up booties that are practically made for date night — all available on Gilt today. Check out the behind-the-scenes video below and score some insider style tips from the Glamour pros.

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Fashion Week Begins! Pastels, Shorts and Brights Emerge

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is off to a muggy bang in NYC, and from presentations in Tribeca to shows at Lincoln Center, designers are showing their finest for Spring 2013. Kate Spade New York (above left) filled a showroom with models straight out of the Swinging Sixties with charming clutches, polka dots galore, and darling dresses, all in fun shades like hot pink and mint green. You couldn’t help but leave the presentation with a grin on your face!

And a softer color palette is emerging, with dusty pastels like mauve, sand, and cornflower blue popping up on runways from Peter Som to Richard Chai Love to Costello Tagliapietra. Shorts are the big news on the runway, with everything from swingy satin shorts that hover at the top of the thigh to slim, tapered Bermudas falling at the knee. If that’s not enough reason to get you to the gym over the winter, cutouts are popping up all over as well, with BCBG Max Azria (above right) making a strong case for how to make them sexy but sophisticated.

For up-to-the-minute coverage of the shows, follow @GiltGroupe on Instagram!

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