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Carolina Herrera designs to the music this season

The Associated Press
Modified: February 13, 2013 at 3:49 pm •  Published: February 13, 2013

NEW YORK — All designers use music somehow for their fashion shows, but this season Carolina Herrera has gone further.

Her entire fall collection was inspired, she said, by a piece of classical music that she specifically commissioned for the show, by the English composer Tom Hodge.

"I started out light, just like the piece, and I reached a crescendo with my more dramatic clothes," she explained backstage after Monday's show at New York Fashion Week. "It all came from the music."

The piece, "Capriccio for Carolina," was in turn inspired by Beethoven's Kreutzer Violin Sonata, a piece that Herrera loves, she said. (For Beatles aficionados, the piece was recorded in late November in the Abbey Road Studios in London.)

As for the clothes, Herrera said she was inspired by the 1940s, especially in the shapes of sleeves and in the small waists of the garments.

Fur was a constant theme, even small bits of it. Whatever you're wearing, the designer seemed to be saying, even if it's not a coat or a jacket, there's a spot for some luxurious fur.

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