Ahead of the Trends: Carolina Herrera’s Ladylike Sophistication

Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2012 show makes us wish we didn’t have to wait to wear the light, breezy and ultra feminine chiffon looks she teased us with on the runway.  Garden green, canary yellow and sepia tones were the show’s highlights, as were embroidery and beaded embellishements.  Of course, we got a bit of black and white color blocking to round out the collection.  Here’s how you can emulate the look while hanging on to your hard earned cash.

1. Spring 2012: CH: Intro

2. Spring 2012: CH: Outnet

Sleek and chic, this gown by Mikael Aghal will have all your friends green with envy. ($190.75, theoutnet.com)

3. Spring 2012: CH: The Limited

Soft and pretty, this one shoulder dress LOOKS like Spring.  Pair with a nude strappy or gold heel and wear this for a late-afternoon-into-evening event. ($98, thelimited.com)

4. Spring 2012: CH: Anthropologie

A shift dress such as this one by Marimekko is a great “go to” piece for garden parties or lunch with the ladies. (sale, $49.95, anthropologie.com)

5. Spring 2012: CH: Neiman Marcus

Embellished accents on a gown step up your glamour factor. This beauty by Aidan Mattox gives you a big head start. (sale, $210, neimanmarcus.com)

6. Spring 2012: CH: Coldwater Creek

Pair this soft, swingy tank with a pair of high-waisted trousers and boho chic sandals for an easy, pulled together look. ($49.95-$59.95, coldwatercreek.com)

7. Spring 2012: CH: Nordstrom

Color blocking at its finest. Black where we want it and ruched to flatter. What’s not to love? (sale, $86.90, nordstrom.com)

8. Spring 2012: CH: Related Links