The Carolina Herrera Spring 2018 bridal collection evokes the mood of a verdant country wedding. “For me,” explained the designer, “the most important day in the life of a woman is her wedding, and it has to be romantic, it has to be feminine, it has to be ethereal, it has to be dreamy—it doesn’t have to be sexy.”

This season, the designer offers an array of ladylike bows on fresh, modern silhouettes, and an up on-trend off-the-shoulder necklines. Herrera’s designs exude seduction subtly, as in a pleated wisp of a gown with lace underlay, a not-so-simple bias-cut slip, or a sleeveless gown with a shirt front and collar. Though hardly informal, Herrera’s dresses this season, in keeping with the theme, had a sense of ease. The most elaborate number was a strapless gown with bands of delicately hand-embroidered hydrangea-like petals.

Mixed among the dreamy gowns are several bridal ensembles; two were blouse and pant combinations. “I strongly believe in separates for weddings,” Herrera said, “that, for me, is the modern way of dressing the bride.” She called out one of our favorite looks: a tulle skirt paired with a formfitting sequined sweater.