Diva’s Choice: Color Blocking

Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall 2010

I’ve been gazing at this photo for months, as if staring at the dress will somehow magically transport it into my closet. I just love that Carolina Herrera combined that beautiful cranberry color with such a bold, saturated, practically fire-engine red. This dress looks so effortlessly beautiful, as if that dress just wrapped and draped itself around the model of its own accord. I love that the draping of the skirt is gathered together underneath the orange-red sash; I love the way the sleeve wraps across her chest – it sort of looks like her shoulder is in a sling, but in a charming way.

But the color blocking is just lovely. It looks so bold and fresh and modern. You also can’t tell by looking at it, but this dress is actually silk. But the colors are so bold and saturated that the fabric looks like jersey or cotton, not something so delicate as silk. For the woman stopping by a gallery opening on a hot August evening, this is the dress to wear.

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