'Simply Genius' is Carolina Herrera's Spring 2010 Collection

Randy Fenoli, Kleinfeld Fashion Director and featured in TLC's hit reality show, Say Yes to the Dress, raves about the most unique bridal collection to hit the runway.



Carolina Herrera showed one of the most exciting and anticipated bridal runway shows in New York, says, Randy Fenoli, Director of Fashion for Kleinfeld Bridal. “I don't use the term genius lightly, but I truly believe that the entire collection was simply GENIUS,” he says.

 The show was presented at Tiffany & Co.’s iconic Fifth Avenue flagship store.

 What makes this collection so genius is every gown is inspired from a painting by a famous artist who used fashion prominently in their work, Fenoli says. This particular gown was inspired by the painting by Franz Xavier Winterhalter, an artist often commissioned by royalty in the 1800’s.





“You can see how this painting, which is a portrait of the Empress Elisabeth of Austria 1865 has been transformed into a gown for today’s bride,” Fenoli says.

This strapless dress is made of tulle, which has been hand painted, hand embroidered and beaded. Herrera used stones in many shapes and sizes – round, teardrop, oval and rectangular cut stones, tiny cut beads, chalk sequins and mother of pearl palettes are intricately dispersed throughout the design.  




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Other artists represented in the 20-look presentation included Botticelli, Renoir, Klimt and Manet.

Knife strokes evident in the creation of Van Gogh’s sunflowers were tastefully re-created in taffeta ruffles.        

Matisse’s paper cutouts are made into Duchess satin leaves embroidered onto a tulle column.    

Herrera’s show had a gamut of choices to appease everyone from the prim and proper socialite to the darker more mysterious belle. Herrera’s collection is a tribute to master painters who left behind their indelible influence on fashion.

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