In a delightful turn toward something more youthful and vibrant, while still maintaining her upscale aesthetic, Herrera’s spring 13 collection looked like a breath of fresh air. Tulle, organza and Georgette silk were crafted into what felt like a modern twist on Gatsby’s girl, Daisy Buchanan. You could imagine her lounging on the back lawn, approaching the house in West Egg, the living vision of that pulsing green light visible from the dock, even on a foggy night. If you got really creative, and a bit avant garde, you can imagine several of her frocks as the misty air themselves with touches of washed out color, suggestive of happier days to come.
Hopeful, light, airy and a refreshing deviation from trend-based collections leads to the call of a successful compilation of designs. Not every look hit the mark, however. Numbers 2 and 3 looked a bit inexpensive, a mixture between ’20s flapper-style and ’70s piping gone wrong. Looks 37 and 38 were an experiment that belonged in another collection for another season entirely, if they were meant to be made at all. They may have best been left on the cutting room floor.
Overall, you have to respect Herrera for attempting to go in a more relaxed direction, and doing so in a noteworthy way. She also managed to deliver a few looks (4, 7, 14) that will appeal to a less romantic sensibility. They may have been up for critique, if they didn’t somehow manage to seamlessly belong within the rest of the collection. Her only shortfall was in the attempt to offer spring jackets in similar colors to the frocks, which felt a bit uncool, like someone was trying too hard, belying her other, intelligent, designs.