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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Sustainable Style: TOMS’ Founder Blake Mycoskie Talks One for One.®

“We’ve helped over 250,000 people get their sight back, and that’s growing every day,” says TOMS’ founder Blake Mycoskie, who expanded the brand’s successful One for One.® model, originally created with their signature slip-on shoes, a few years ago to include eyewear. Which means that with every pair of sunglasses — debuting on Gilt today — sold, TOMS helps restore sight to a person in need, through sight-saving surgery, prescription glasses, or medical treatment.

Ready to do your part? Shop the TOMS Eyewear collection, starting tonight at 9pm ET.

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#ItsInTheBag: Celebrating Our Exclusive Cambridge Satchel Mini Collection

Gilt + Cambridge Satchel Company Mini Capsule Collection BreakfastThe Cambridge Satchel Company‘s candy-colored bags are the go-to sidekicks of the street style set, so naturally we feted the launch of our new exclusive capsule collection of the brand’s Minis with help from a snap-worthy pack of bloggers, editors, and celebs over breakfast at The Pavilion in NYC’s Union Square. We treated guests to dozens of picture-perfect mini essentials (think Essie nail polishes and pint-sized Diet Cokes) to play up their brand new bags in covetable Insta-ready shots, no filter required. Get inspired by reality-star-turned-designer Whitney Port’s well-styled stash — featuring The Mini in pastel pink, one of 10 colors available exclusively on Gilt — and score your own from our sale, starting tonight at 9pm ET.

Gilt + Cambridge Satchel Company Mini Capsule Collection Breakfast

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