For the latest Carolina Herrera Fall 2017 bridal offering, the designer wanted to return to the beauty, elegance, and grandeur of her very first dress, created 35 years ago. The designer released her first bridal collection in 1987, a year after designing first daughter Caroline Kennedy’s wedding dress.
With just seven dresses presented for Fall, the highlight here was a dress taking its cue from Herrera’s denim dress that opened her spring runway collection, but this time in layers of silk faille, resulting in a frothy, cascading frock.
A structured counterpoint to the ball skirt was this season’s corset motif, featuring exposed boning. A similar technique was employed in a less grand—but equally majestic—high-neck, long-sleeved alençon lace dress, whose bustier-like bodice was covered in artfully placed florals. Illusion dressing was another effect employed by Herrera, most notably in one of her more minimal moments: a strapless silk mikado trumpet stunner with cut-outs just below the bust and at the sides.
Romance and fantasy may be classics in the wedding world, but as these gowns will show, they’re far from overdone. The wedding dresses are completely contemporary, not to mention gorgeous, elegant, and beautifully detailed.