High above the busy streets of midtown Manhattan is the chic, rose-filled serenity that is Carolina Herrera HQ. Brides had an early morning appointment for a sneak peek at the Fall 2016 collection (even the names haven't been finalised, but we know they'll begin with 'M'!).
The capsule of 12 additions to the spring collection is, according to Mrs Herrera, for "a bride-to-be certain she has found a dress that makes her feel confident and above all else beautiful". No problem there, with elegant, sensual - never sexy - gowns full of trademark details; the signature pockets, feminine embellishment and fluid silhouettes that are oh-so-Herrera.
Seven of the twelve looks were v-necks, giving a modern edge to the overall looks, but kept soft with lace on tulle to give the illusion of detail painted directly onto the body. The only strapless gown in the collection: a ball gown with a lingerie-like corset in embossed taffeta and layered tulle skirt had a hint of colour with the palest blush pink and green overlaid with ivory.
The same embossed, colour-washed taffeta was used on the simple modern lines of a racer-back crop top and full skirt - overlaid again in fine silk tulle and ruffle-edged to show just a slither of skin.
Making dresses that are as beautiful inside as they are outside is all part of the Herrera mantra, and a structured hand-stitched Chantilly lace on horsehair gown with a wide-striped underskirt, and exposed boning on the bodice was a perfect example of the fashion forward detailing Mrs Herrera so loves, aside from ensuring a tiny, neat waist.
For me the most beautiful gown in the collection, and one predicted to be popular with the red carpet crowd, was a 'teastone' - a hybrid hue of blush and grey - layered, pleated tulle gown with shimmery lace, a v-neck bodice and matching two-layered sunray pleat veil. Gorgeous!
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