Carolina Herrera Bridal SS16

As a string quartet played the opening, ebullient strains of the Beatles’ “All You Need is Love,” the first look of Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2016 bridal collection made its entrance into the elegant salons of the brand’s New York showroom. Lining the makeshift runway was a who’s who in the bridal fashion community. An international mélange of prestigious wedding dress retailers and the most loyal of Carolina customers rubbed shoulders with privileged future brides and fashion press from across the globe. What may have escaped the attention of many in the room was the subtle perfume in the air. Diffused throughout the space was the distinct scent of jasmine, Carolina Herrera’s favorite fragrance. Noting that it was “inspired by the beauty, sensuality and delicacy of the jasmine flower, the Carolina Herrera Spring 2016 bridal collection evokes a sense of femininity and romance.” With fresh flowers adorning the models’ wavy tresses and gathered into cascading bouquets, the reference was omnipresent. However, the green and white jasmine vine was at its most beautiful when rendered in full color, hand-stitched embroidery on nude tulle or regal silk Mikado, as evidenced by the first and last exits of the show’s lineup.

A Carolina Herrera bride is one who appreciates quiet elegance and a soft femininity.  There were no Swarovski-encrusted corsets or controversially shameless displays of skin as seen with increasing frequency in wedding dress presentations of late. Instead, a youthful innocence and a refined air of classic Carolina was the order of the day.  With the exception of a cropped white tuxedo and dramatic detachable trains – both of which garnered much attention and sighs of surprise – the wedding dresses were generally floor length, slim and strapless, adorned with chic pin-tucks or gauzy layers to add interest and flair to an otherwise basic and slender silhouette.  Ostrich feathers, guipure, Chantilly lace and a few sparingly used crystals or sequins provided the necessary glamour for a formal wedding.

Also adding a glimmer of excitement to the collection was the color palette. While there were, of course, plenty of white and ivory selections on hand, there were also a few standout contenders in blush or the palest of green.  This color story, when brought to life via the luxurious textures and embellishments, gives a nod to the timeless beauty of Carolina Herrera designs and exudes the youthful prettiness expected from a spring collection.

About the Author

A fashion stylist, event designer, and style writer, Lucas Somoza has a keen eye for all things beautiful. Based in Paris, Lucas regularly collaborates with Olivia throughout Paris Fashion Week, producing editorials and contributing reviews of designer collections. You can follow Lucas on Instagram at @LucasSomoza.