Last week, Carolina Herrera she would be stepping down as creative director of her eponymous fashion house after 37 years. Before passing the reins over to her successor, Wes Gordon, the designer took her final bow at New York Style Week last night.
For her last collection, Herrera ended her four-decade design career with a colourful rendition of her signature look. Every model walking in the finale wore a crisp white button-down shirt with a taffeta skirt and contrasting wide belt. From vibrant yellow to royal blue and emerald green, the designer's swan song of colours was a bright, breathtaking ode to the trademark look she defined over the years.
Much like the finale, the Fall 2018 collection was filled with rich colours and vibrant patterns in the form of elegant dresses, skirts, blouses and outerwear. From a bright yellow coat with a white and black leopard fur collar to jaguar-printed dresses, the lineup was filled with statement-making looks for the modern-day woman.
At the end of the show, Herrera opted to take her final bow on the runway alongside the men and women who work in her atelier. Shortly after, she was presented with a bouquet of red roses from her successor.
Moving forward, Herrera will transition her role with her brand to global ambassador—attending events, store openings and more across the world—as Gordon takes over as creative director. Much like her entire career, Herrera's final New York Style Week bow was full of elegance and grace—as if we'd expected anything less.