As she stated in her show notes, Carolina Herrera recently visited the Cecil Beaton Exhibit in London and was influenced by “the blacks, the whites, the fantasy of it all.” Hence, she worked a few hints of black into some of her latest bridal collection for spring. Black picot, for instance, trimmed an off-white organza strapless ballgown, while black ribbon details were used at the bust, waist and knee of an organza dotted column. Nevertheless, “the trend comes secondary to the bride,” as Herrera noted, thus each gown was designed to cater to a different sensibility. So while a stunning off-the-shoulder, long-sleeve number in ivory faille with a blue ribbon belt leaned traditional, Herrera’s more fashion-forward looks proved that trend, tradition and personality can work together flawlessly. Case in point: the “trench” gown — a strapless look with a double-breasted, buttoned bodice.

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