Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2012 presentation gave aspiring designers a master class on showcasing quintessential elegance.

She catered to the uptown lady who not only lunches but also attends the opera or other high-profile events, as she presented ladylike sheaths, chic separates, and of course red-carpet-worthy gowns on a colour palette of deep navy, mauve, black, light blue and red.

For daytime, Herrera served up peplum jackets, tapered pants, sheath dresses, wrap coats, knee-length wool skirts, cropped jackets and sweaters in luxe tweeds, fine wools and chic satins, some accented with fur and feather trims.

The selection of gowns was truly spectacular, but the finale architectural ball gown is top of my wish list for the Oscars.

No doubt Renee will have first dibs.

Key accessories included Manolo Blahnik shoes and obi-wrap belts which accented many of the looks.

Front Row: Renee Zellweger

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Renee Zellweger, Michelle Obama, Camilla Belle, Olivia Wilde, Andrea Riseborough and Diane Lane