Behind the Scenes: Backstage at Carolina Herrera Spring 2015


| 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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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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#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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Redken Creative Consultant Guido Gives Us the Backstage Scoop

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Consider Guido Palau the Cher of hair—a man so influential in his field, he’s known to most strictly on a first-name basis. The Redken creative consultant creates runway hairstyles for a fashion world who’s who—including Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, and Marc Jacobs—and starting tonight, just for Gilt. Get to know the man behind the manes, then check back at 9pm for the launch of our exclusive partnership with Redken,  including the step-by-step process to each of Guido’s chic styles, the perfect fashion trends to pair with each, and a chance to score a free beauty gift!

StyleFile: Who are your muses?
Guido: I find inspiration in the everyday woman. Anyone could be a muse for me.  My eyes are always open to finding inspiration everywhere.

SF: Let’s talk supermodels–you’ve worked with all of them! Any favorites? Guido: Every supermodel is a supermodel for a reason.  They are all amazing. I’ve had good times with all of them, for example Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista…just to name a few. 

SF: What is your number one pet peeve when it comes to hair? Is there a trend you see over and over again that you wish would end already?
Guido: I think my pet peeve would be the overuse of the curling iron.  What started out as a great beachy wave, has turned into bad prom curls. It’s time for that to go.

SF: Where do you generally find inspiration? Do you approach a collection with an idea of what you want to do and let evolve naturally, or do you have an exact picture in your mind from the outset?
Guido: I find inspiration absolutely everywhere from literally walking down the street to looking at architectural designs to subcultures and music. The good thing is, when you travel around as much as I do you can get inspiration from many different countries. Each place has its own personality so I get my inspiration from museums, art, exhibitions, music, architecture, design from all over the world.

SF: What would you say is the most influential runway look that you’ve created in your career? Any that have really effected how women wear their hair?
The Alexander Wang side braid, Spring/Summer 2010.

SF: What’s the one product every single woman should have in her hair arsenal?
Guido: Redken Guts 10 volume spray foam.  This is my go-to product when I want to add fullness to the hair. If you love root lift, then you will love Guts 10.

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