Carolina Herrera Fall 2014 Bridal Collection

Posted on October 16, 2013

Carolina Herrera Fall 2014 Bridal Collection





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  • veronicafish

    I’ll take #8, please. Thank you.

    • MoHub

      That’s the only one that really grabbed me. Deco realness.

      And number 1 looks like a routine sundress.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I LOVE the sheath with the feathers at the bottom- doesn’t look “bridal,” per se, but it is super cute. These all seem like nice…garden wedding/ second-marriage-so-I-don’t-wanna-make-it-a-super-big-deal dresses.

    • marlie

      Exactly. They’re all pretty, but I couldn’t nail down why I wasn’t really blown over.

  • Latin Buddy

    I don’t think I have ever seen/been to a wedding where the bride wore a shirt dress. Ladies, is there a market for them?

    • BrooklynBomber

      Where’s the shirtdress?

      • Sarah

        That’s what I was wondering.

        • BrooklynBomber

          I still don’t see it!!

          • Sarah

            Ha! It was never there!

          • BrooklynBomber

            Oh, hahahah! Too funny.

    • Stella Zawistowski

      I wanted one SO BADLY when I got hitched, because a) my legs are my best feature and b) my husband wanted to tango, which can’t be done well in a long gown. I couldn’t find much of anything, though.

      I applaud the short-dress theme here, but I think it’s executed so fussily. Disappointing!

      • Claudia Berry

        Exactly. Everything is so precious and twee.

    • WendyD

      I went to a wedding last year where the bride wore a short dress. A very ’50s feel and totally her style.

    • JP

      Mine (married in 1999) was tea-length, like #10 but a plain satin. Actually, it was a white dress bought off the rack in a boutique — leftover from prom season, of all things.

    • MilaXX

      I went to a wedding of a 40 something bride. This was her 3rd wedding (1 divorce, 1 death). She wore and off white tea length.

    • Laura Renee

      My good friend got married, three months after our college graduation, in a tea-length dress (right below the knees, right?) in the summer of 2010. It was a lovely Georgia wedding.

    • Bexxx

      I will wear a short dress at my wedding. These legs should not be hidden.

    • another_laura

      I’d say it’s a niche market, mostly for the second-timer or 35+ bride. But oh yes, if I were to get married it would be in a non-floor-length model, probably tea length.

    • DTLAFamilies

      Definitely! I know two women recently who were married in short dresses. Weddings were outdoor and relatively casual, though. Grooms wore suits and not tuxes.

    • formerlyAnon

      Mine was tea length. I’ve rarely seen a bride under 30 marrying for the first time and never seen a bride under 30 marrying for the first time and in a church/temple ceremony in anything shorter. That leaves a lot of weddings, though, and shorter dresses aren’t unusual enough to cause comment outside of those two circumstances, in my experience.

      • Sweetvegan

        I was 27 when I got married, in a church, in a white mini-dress with an overskirt that was short in the front and long in the back. But a lot of things at our wedding/reception were unconventional.

    • mlle

      An acquaintance recently got married in a tea length dress.

      Personally, although it’s a long way off and I reserve the right to change my opinion down the line, I’d rather go all out and buy some crazy gorgeous cocktail dress that I could repurpose for other events down the line.

    • StarburstLady

      Yeah, there’s a market, and it’s not just second timers. Not everyone wants to spend a fortune and look like a Disney princess…

      • But will these shorter dress be more affordable because they are short, or not so much because of the big name designer?

    • Jane

      I wore a short dress but I was six months pregnant I looked like an ivory pillow with a sash. It was hideous I still won’t look at my wedding pictures. Before we found out we were having a baby I was going to purchase a short dress because we were getting married in July.

    • Sweetvegan

      Definitely! I wore a short dress with an overskirt that was short in the front and long in the back. For the reception, I removed the overskirt and just had a white mini-dress. I think these will be especially popular for more casual weddings and more unconventional weddings.

    • YourLibrarian

      I am, in fact, looking for one for myself right now and not having a lot of luck.

      • papillon

        Have you tried Ruche? I saw them advertised on The Offbeat Bride and they have some stunning vintage-inspired short dresses (some with sleeves or even pockets) and beautiful bridal accessories and they are very, very reasonably priced.

        • YourLibrarian

          Thanks for the tip!

    • housefulofboys

      I was 27 when I got married, my dress was tea-length. Granted the wedding itself was small and casual. Not everyone wants/can afford to shell out the big bucks for the big wedding event.

    • Amy_R

      Now one dress isn’t enough…Ive been to a couple weddings where brides changed into a Reception Dress which is what the shorter ones look like to me. Twice the $$$ for Carolina…smart!

    • AmeliaEve

      I was an over-40 first time bride with a daytime church wedding. I wore a tea-length taupe cocktail dress with black lace and my groom wore a black pinstripe three-piece suit. I tried on some traditional gowns but they made me feel like I was wearing a bride costume.

    • FeminineLipstique

      I think there’s a market for brides having low-key weddings. Plus, these could be used as reception dresses.

    • papillon

      While I’m nowhere near getting married at the moment, I looooooove wedding dresses and I’m a big fan of short ones because I’m a pretty small, short girl and I’d have to cut yards off of most dresses for them to fit me. I think they work really well on shorter/younger women or for more casual/smaller ceremonies. You can also get them tea length which tends to go well with a more retro, 50’s style look (which is an aesthetic that I also love). I don’t think they are particularly common yet but I hope that should I ever get married, I’ll be able to find a nice one.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    Very nice Garden Wedding dresses. But other than that . . . meh.

  • Sarah

    That last one, yes (my kingdom for a cap sleeve!) But I’m thinking since you’re supposed to be a grown woman on your wedding day, no to the twee bows.

    • Emily Smith

      I agree on both fronts.

      • Sarah

        I too count as “fun-sized” so you just gave me a new idea for dress shopping. I’m a bride to be, I want a gown, and I’m a fan of flats, so tea length is now in my wheelhouse! Sweet.

        • Emily Smith

          Oh hey! I got married last November and wore flats for mine. Useful fact on dresses: the wedding industry standard (to my knowledge) is they make the dresses for a woman who is 5’9. I was 5’3 in my flats (1 inch stacked heel type) and my tailor had to cut 9 inches off my dress. So my assumption is the dress was made for a 5’9 woman wearing a 3″ heel. Also the more layers your dress has the more expensive the hem job because they obviously have to do each layer individually. Mine had a ton of layers and the hemming ran my alterations up to ~$400. Woopsies.

          • Sarah

            Well, I’m five four in no shoes, so thanks for the tip! I am leaning toward making my own dress, because I’m sort of majorly underwhelmed by everything that I’ve seen, and I can sew. So can my sister, who is champing at the bit to help. Then I’d get to pick my own fabrics, which is kind of an exciting prospect. And of course, no alterations needed!

          • Emily Smith

            That would be badass if you can make your own wedding dress.

          • formerlyAnon

            If you have help, go for it.* A friend made my wedding dress as a gift (I paid for the materials, but she did 95% of the work.) (Which reminds me I should thank her again.) I could not find what I wanted, and if I could have, it would have cost me hundreds, maybe over a thousand (1980s) dollars more.

            * I will say that I’ve seen people be sorry they chose to make their dress, but only because they wanted a lot of hand work (beading, fancy trim) and were unrealistic about the time, skill level and/or cost of materials required to create the effect they had in mind.

          • Sarah

            Thanks for the vote of confidence! I do not like fussy, so that wouldn’t be a problem. If I could fit into my mom’s 1966 A-line 3/4 sleeve empire waist boat neck lace-on-top plain-on-bottom chapel train number, I would just wear that, despite the fact that my sister already did. But, alas, I inherited genes from dad that gave me a much less bird-like skeleton than she. She would, however, be overjoyed if I made my own dress, were she still living, because she taught me how to sew.

          • housefulofboys

            My mother, who was of the old school “make all of your clothes including tailoring, coats, suits, dresses and – wait for it – bathing suits!” mentality, made my wedding dress for me. It was tea-length, two pieces with lace top and taffeta skirt, and I loved it. My wedding was very small and low-key (we chose to take the offer from all the parents for a downpayment on our first house instead of a big wedding), and it meant so much to me that she made it. Even though this was in the mid-1980’s and the dress was true to the times and a lot pouf-ier than I would choose now, it’s still just lovely. And, ahem, like many of you, I can’t believe I was actually that size!

          • Sarah

            Mom and I made my prom dress in ’93. It was a babydoll with hot pink taffeta underneath a black pattered chiffon overdress with sheer cap sleeves. I would not be caught DEAD in that dress ever again, but at 17, I thought it was the coolest thing on the planet. Mostly because we made it together πŸ™‚

          • AmeliaEve

            Check out the Vintage Vogue patterns. They have some gorgeous retro gowns.

          • kmiller1k

            Usually wedding dresses are shortened by detaching the bodice from the skirt and cutting off length from the top of the skirt. No actual hemming involved.

          • Emily Smith

            Really, interesting. Mine was definitively hemmed from the bottom. I wonder if that depends on the design and make of the dress?

        • MilaXX

          or even my personal favorite, the kitten heel.

      • MilaXX

        Yep 5’3″ me loves that as well.

    • Qitkat

      I still have my cap sleeve wedding dress from 1970, somewhere in the house. [I just went and found it, it’s in quite good condition.] Fairly simple design, lace could most likely be changed out and could be altered to tea length. Hard to say the size, with the changes over the years, but I weighed less than 110#. I would love to give it to you if you are interested. Honest to God, serious offer.

      • Sarah

        Oh, Qitkat, you are truly sweet, but I fear when I mentioned birdlike, it was #110 that I was referring to. I am more in line with “pony-like” or “bearcub-like” so although your truly gracious offer touches me deeply, I’ll have to decline and find something a tad more, ahem, Rubenesque for my big day. I am not huge, but, well, shall we say zaftig? Scots busty stock, as it were.

        • Qitkat

          I got unreasonably excited at passing my gown on to a fellow BK, especially one I have communicated with previously. But, I knew it was a long shot, especially in reading your other posts, I considered that “fun sized” probably meant a bit more Rubenesque, which is a charming way to describe oneself. Having become Rubenesque myself later on, when I looked at the gown today, I could not believe I ever fit into it. Ahh, well, I shall wish you much joy in finding the perfect gown for your perfect day, or creating it with your sister (how lovely!). We will be eager to hear how it all works out, so keep us posted, OK?

          • Sarah

            But of absolutely course, my friend. Some time next late summer, when the umpteenth season of PR is in beginning stages πŸ™‚

  • Danielle

    2nd to last is perfection. Hold the twee bows, please.

  • MoHub

    Bonus points for the model smiling.

  • hughman

    Some of these are very “theme-y”. Like if your wedding theme is “Great Birds of Antarctica” or “Mob Molls of the 20s” (mini-machine gun place card holders!). The tea length with the pockets is very sweet tho.

  • Is it just me or does this model look like she actually might be happy wearing wedding dresses? I mean her facial expression is not that of a bride marching down the aisle to her execution.

    • She looks quite knowing too. Like she’s met the groom before.

  • Bexxx

    Is the models face frozen like that?
    #8, with the feathered bottom, is so slinky and divine. There is drool running down my chin. First one is hiddy. Too twee. Number four is a lampshade. I rather like the rest of them, but the frippery could be turned down a notch. The little girl inside of me is just dying to wear that last princess dress, but I am a stout Jew so we’d have to nix the tea length.

    • Bexxx

      and POCKETS! My day has finally come!

    • another_laura

      Hey, it’s her version of Blue Steel, I’m cool with a model working her model face.

  • broke&fashionable

    Ooo I love both of the tea length dresses. I hope these stick around for if and when bf and I decide to get married.

  • LaSylphide

    First dress (without the bows, please), and fourth from the bottom are pretty. I like the idea of knee and tea-length, but some of them look a little desperate: “i’m a wedding dress. How can i be different?”

    • BrooklynBomber

      That’s it! I couldn’t figure out what seemed so strange about them.

  • Garcia Loca

    How darling! I like the entire collection, but the one that took my breath away was the beaded flapper-esque number (8th from the top).

  • boweryboy

    Unless you’re a 12 year old bride, no to almost all of these.

    • twigg

      agreed! I see flower girl/jr bridesmaids dresses.

      • boweryboy


  • JP

    I want to get married again so I can wear one of these! (7, 8, and 10 are my faves)

  • MoHub

    Number 8 FTW!

  • VioletFem

    I have an rational hatred for short wedding dresses. I don’t care what color a wedding dress is, it just has to be long. These just read as cute cocktail dresses to me. In particular, I really like #8 and would wear it to just about any other fancy event but my own wedding.

    • Garcia Loca

      Try wearing that one to someone else’s wedding and report back to us with results. πŸ™‚

      • VioletFem

        Oh I wouldn’t wear it to any wedding at all. πŸ™‚

    • marlie

      Well, hopefully in a color other than white. πŸ˜‰

  • marlie

    I think the last one is pretty, though I doubt I’d choose any of these for myself.

  • onebluepussy

    These all look stupid.
    And the shoes are stupid too.

    • MilaXX

      why? Come on, be a good BK and show your work.

      • onebluepussy

        Allright then. There are NO sleeves, they gave the model silly Disney Princess hair, there is some variation in silhouettes but the overall look is just dull. Sleeveless, girly white gowns: I know that’s what a lot of women want, but come on!

  • This is a perfect collection of dresses for the unconventional bride (that still wants to wear white). Carolina Herrera is a genius.

    • Ros

      I really don’t think these are all that unconventional, tbh.

      • My husband re-built a robot to marry us. He wore vintage orange Christian Dior pajamas. This collection, while not HBCray, does make me doubt my dress choice.

  • fauxprah

    lesbian wedding chic.

    • MoHub

      My lesbian friends who just go married both wore long gowns.

  • Sarah Thomas

    Love it all. The last dress reminds me of mine – I had to hack a DB Galina dress to pieces to make it.

  • Sleeves. I too am begging you….

    • MilaXX

      Should I ever jump the broom, I want off shoulders 3/4 length sleeves.

  • MilaXX

    Most are okay, but I really like 2 & 10. Especially number 10.

  • TLJezebel

    I don’t want to get married again, but I DO want a ring, a party and a pretty dress.
    Number 7 has my name on it.

  • Tracy_Flick

    Pretty. Maybe a few are slightly overworked for my taste, but they’re all nice. Probably as good as can be expected within the strictures of bridal wear.

    “The bride wore white, straining the credulity of the guests.” – Erma Bombeck

  • quiltrx

    It’s funny that the FALL wedding dresses are all short! I love 6, 8, and 10. The others are a little twee-town, but I have to remember that they’re made for young lasses who can get away with twee!

  • JauntyJohn

    For the most part, pretty and girly, but the bows on the shoulder straps make me throw up a little bit in the back of my throat.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    These are very pretty, but my two favorite wedding outfits I’ve ever seen were 2. Emma Pillsbury’s first wedding dress (Gap I think) and 1. That fabulous wedding pants suit TLO featured at some point, for which I no longer have the link.

  • Tracey Magyar

    Love them all! I wish there had been more short dress options when I got hitched.

  • Nice mix of fabrics, but too twee for me.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Twee much?

  • Lorelei_D

    Ho Hum, still nothing with sleeves!

  • Ros

    Now I want to get married, dammit.

  • formerlyAnon

    I like most of these. I had favorite dresses very like #2 and #6 (but with shoulder straps & fewer dangly chiffon bits) in my 20s and 30s. Perhaps that’s why these look like they’re for a younger woman to me. (Of course, most brides probably are younger, so there’s that.)

  • SuzyQuzey

    And not a single sleeve. Sigh.

  • Little_Olive

    I don’t know that I’d wear them, BUT they did manage to make something different of them and VERAWANGHOWSORRYAREYOUNOW.

  • iwittmann

    #1 is for a 15 years old country bride, right?

  • RedRaven617

    The first five make me think of prom dresses. Not too exciting and overly fussy.

  • lilazander

    They rather look like like bridemaid dresses, but white.

  • Let it out

    For the manic pixie dream bride….

  • Daenyx

    I think I just developed a cavity.

  • oohsparkley!

    Dresses for child brides. Actually I went to an outdoor wedding last summer where the bride’s dress was short, twee and perfectly suited to her. They were an adorable couple.

  • Qitkat

    Gosh, these are all so pretty. I’m shocked really, someone finally managed the improbable, no more sullen bridal gown models. These all showcase exquisite fabrics, lace and embellishments, and recognize that women have shoulders, imagine that. I would take #8 in a luscious jewel tone color for my upcoming “fancy night out”* to dance the night away πŸ˜‰

    *To be determined when I hear back from my paramour.

    • formerlyAnon

      Yay for fancy nights out! Seriously, with dancing? For real? Is there a catch?

      • Qitkat

        Shall we say, it is on my bucket list. Perhaps a cruise in the next year or two will provide the opportunity. As for the paramour, whether that’s on my bucket list is between me and the list! But I am currently embarked on a voyage of change, so to speak, to seriously get myself closer to the size in which said dress would be much more of a possibility, or more likely, a reasonable knock-off. Some dresses are not meant for the “Rubenesque” as @disqus_uaAgd5XTr8:disqus so charmingly put it, and after looking at my wedding dress today, I am more determined than ever to, while not probably ever fitting in that again, become less zaftig. And then reward myself with said dancing opportunity. Which is not to say that there’s anything wrong with being Rubenesque. For me it has become a matter of serious health issues. More than you asked for, eh?

  • Isabel

    Wedding wear for the new Recession. Gotta save money for next month’s rent.

  • YoungSally

    I don’t know — some of this reads — how shall I say — junior high prom…at a very expensive private school

  • save_the_hobbit

    Never been a fan of short dresses, but #1 and #7 would be cute bridesmaid dresses!

  • Are teenagers getting married in Carolina Herrera now? Sorry but the bows – I hate bows on grown women – some of this is , as TLo says, twee as fuck.

  • Jane

    The first dress reminds me of a quote from Meg Ryan in a movie,” you people make my ass twitch.” I want to say that those bows make my ass twitch.

  • Ella Mack

    Uchhh that last one is to DIE for

  • MK03

    I don’t want to get married in a cute sundress. I want to get married in something fucking fierce. Why don’t drag queens design wedding gowns??

    • Trickytrisha

      I doubt many brides to be (or wanna be) look at these and think “OMG, my perfect wedding dress!” You nailed it.. these are far from fierce.

      A couple of them even look like something that would be worn by the ingenue in a 1950’s romantic movie to go berry picking in. I can just see the oh-so-cute basket lined with satin (yeah, I know.. it would get all stained with berry juice, but it’s ’50s Hollywood), and trimmed with with ribbon that the young lady would carry. Nope, fierce isn’t in the picture.

  • MandyM

    J’adore that last one and #6!

  • sleepycat

    love the art deco influences. My only problem is that is a bit demure, granted that is the CH look, but if I had to pick out something for my wedding and if I was a girl, then I would pick something with enthusiasm

  • Camille Chapman

    Sorry, Cant get on board with a short bridal dress.

  • housefulofboys

    I’m going to go past the fact that, as wedding dresses, these appeal mostly to a niche market. In general terms, though, I love Carolina Herrera designs so much. If I had all the money in the world, I would choose her clothes about 75% of the time. Does that make me twee or conservative – guilty! I would gladly wear most of these as party dresses, although I would prefer many of them in colors.

  • PaperPusher2

    All lovely but that first one, to coin a TLo term, is twee as fuck.

  • FYI, CH designed Bella Swan’s dress that was somewhat plain from the front but beautiful from the back. I thought these would be fun to look at. These are not only boring for the most part, but they don’t look like a professional created these. I think they’re tacky.

  • LondonMarriott

    Damn you, Carolina, this is exactly what I was looking for and I already bought my dress! I will accept #s 4 and 8 as an apology and promise never to speak of this again.

  • Coleen

    Did Minnie Mouse design this collection? Some of these looks are just too twee.

  • papillon

    Is it just me or do a lot of these look really cheap? I’m shocked that this is Carolina Herrera. That being said, I like the second dress and the third to last. The third to last looks flapper-inspired. The details on the bodice of the second to last are interesting but overall the dress is kind of boring. Yay for pockets though!

  • demidaemon

    These are cute dresses, but most of them do not read bridal for me. I don’t know. I just can’t wrap my head around a knee-length (really anything other than floor-length) wedding dress.