If I told you that Carolina Herrera’s spring/summer 2023 collection was full of flowers, I know what you would say: Flowers? For spring? Start.
But actually, they to be overate! Inspired by the classic novel Secret garden, creative director Wes Gordon’s stunning collection of vibrant, vibrant floral prints seem so vibrant and alive that they’re actually photosynthesized in the spotlight. The capes are at once bizarre and powerful, like a very graceful Tinker bell.
The show took place at The Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, where each guest looked like a celebrity. Honestly, I couldn’t know who to fall in love with because everyone was so charming and so chic. I stared at a man for almost a minute before realizing he wasn’t Hemsworth’s brother.
As I entered the room, I overheard someone in a bubblegum pink tulle dress exclaim, “Dewey’s in!” I assumed they were passionately defending the famous decimal system, until I realized they meant “dew” – when your skin is hydrated and sparkling like you’ve just been through the rain. in a rom-com to tell someone you love them. As someone with oily-dry combination skin (women can have it all!), I sometimes unintentionally look like dew. I consider this a win.
I sit in the second row in the middle of a Claire Stern, ELLEDeputy digital editor and an absolutely amazing person Eric Damancostume designer for Gossip Girl (original and reboot!). Both were very welcoming and welcoming, and I was about to ask Eric what Chuck Bass smelled like (money? Perks? Steak?) when the show started.
The overhead lights dim, the runway lights twinkle, and the sound system blasts the tunes of the Barbra Streisand belt show. To one side of the ballroom was an elevated hallway lined with marble arches, through which we glimpsed models striding confidently on their way to the entrance. They took turns striding, each more radiant than the last, down the steep stairs to the ballroom floor in their chic heels. I was immediately impressed — the first time I tried on heels, it was like Bambi was learning to walk.
I sat in a trance, until I noticed that one of the models was Karlie Kloss!!! I panted. My friends and I used to be obsessed with her skin care videos on the plane on Youtube. She’s obviously famous for a lot of things, at least her aforementioned in-flight skin care video, but as someone who is dedicated to air travel to watch… Mamma Mia repeat and sleep, I was mesmerized. Kloss has a master mode for every flight. And it seems to work great, because her skin looks like dew, which I heard is In!!!
After the finale, in which the models walked briskly in quick succession, Gordon stood up to greet the audience and claimed a well-deserved victory. In a split second, my brain registered the boy’s face and his all-black outfit along with the words “Hello, Dolly!” blew through the loudspeaker and I sincerely thought, “Is this middle school troupe lost?” Then I realized who he was. But seriously, how old is he?! How come he’s so talented, and he’s also secret 12?? Is this because he follows Karlie Kloss’s in-flight skin care routine??? I have many questions.
But I digress. The show itself flew by like a whirlwind of flowers, a fleeting secret garden. I left The Plaza feeling inspired and grateful that I had witnessed something so simple and fun. The flowers…for spring! I already know. But trust me — not even Miranda Priestly herself can complain about this.
Karen Chee is a comedian and writer based in New York.