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Carolina Herrera shows elegant fall collection

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: A model walks

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: A model walks the runway at the Carolina Herrera Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Tent at Bryant Park on February 15, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG) Photo Credit: Getty/Frazer Harrison

Many designers claim to design for that “self-assured” woman, but Carolina Herrera is an enabler of such confidence. Her elegant fall collection that ran the gamut from ladies-who-lunch sportswear to movie star gowns is evidence.

Who wouldn’t swagger in a chocolate sable and brush stroke jacket with wide leg pinstriped pants and the Carolina classic white cotton shirt? A deep red wool dress with asymmetrical pleating was the essence of refinement while dressier looks, some one-shouldered, and some with distinctly shaped sleeves, were individualistic yet beyond reproach.

Colors were rich (you should be too if you want to buy these clothes) -- Prussian blue, chocolate -- and dreamy -- steel blue, winter sky, with a few colorful florals tossed into the mix.

Over the moon evening looks were magic and the finale, a double line of models showing the scope of Herrera’s work was so beautiful you could weep.

PHOTOS: Carolina Herrera Fall 2010 runway looks

MORE: Past Carolina Herrera collections from New York Fashion Weeks

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