Glamour and sophistication for day, the Pre-Fall collection returns to an era where women dress up before cocktail hour

The American house synonymous with class, style and elegance, reimagines each season with the modern woman in mind. For the Caroline Herrera Pre-Fall 2018 collection, the designer featured color, print, and embellishment with extra gusto this season.

“This is a happy house,” said Carolina Herrera of the only response for her brand was to embrace happiness.

The red shade of a trim coat and a long evening dress was redder, and the fuchsia of soft suede separates was similarly insistent. Even the dark denim pieces, which were otherwise understated, were top stitched in rainbow-hued threads.

Herrera said she looked at Flemish floral paintings for inspiration. As such, there was an exuberance of flowers: printed dahlias on a flowing evening dress, showy plastic lilies stitched to the waistband of a princess coat, and charming jewel-like lilies of the valley adorning the pockets of a puff-shouldered black blazer. The flower prints, in particular, had a fresh, youthful quality, more than likely because they appeared on fluid, unstructured chiffon and georgette.

The lookbook features models Emm Arruda and Justine Asset, captured by fashion photographer Sebastian Faena.