NEW YORK — Without even trying to, Carolina Herrera’s preview of her first collection of short wedding dresses wound up being an occasion, which is essentially the same effect that she hopes brides will have wearing them.
Minutes into a photo shoot, staffers emerged one by one from the atelier and their offices to admire the 12 just-off-the-sewing-machine styles. “They are just out of the oven. They are still hot,” said creative director Hervé Pierre, wafting his arms for effect.
“I am so happy with my short dresses — I love them.” Herrera said. “They can wear them to the wedding, the rehearsal dinner, the party after,” or even the farewell brunch the following day.
Her daughter Patricia mused about which dress she would have worn for her 2002 white-tie wedding in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s garden. “I didn’t know that was an option,” she kidded.