Born and raised in Venezuela, Carolina Herrera was exposed from early on to international culture and fashion. At age 13, her grandmother took her to Paris to see the Cristobal Balenciaga haute couture show. As she elegantly puts it:
“My eye was accustomed to see beautiful things”.
“It’s so modern to be naked or almost naked,” she said, pointing to photos of Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian at the 2015 Met Gala. “They think it’s going to attract younger people if they do those dresses. No! The almost naked! Oh God! They’re trying to get people to pay attention to them. In life, there should be a little mystery.”
The essence of Carolina Herrera’s signature style lies in her keen ability to find inspiration in a great variety of artistic disciplines (architecture, painting, cinema, design…) and to creatively translate them into a modern, dynamic, and yet timeless fashion that exudes effortless elegance..Carolina Herrera has always asserted the great importance of couture like-craftsmanship and excellence in quality. She has established one of the few in-house couture ateliers in New York where she has a team of experts trained in the classic techniques of haute couture with the ability to control each design from its initial sketches down to its actual creation and ensure perfection and refinement in the details.
She is in her rose period for spring 2016, creating a collection about tranquility, not stillness but calm elegance – where transparency and illusion evoke sensuality.
Sheer layering with silk and variations of techno fabric from appliqués on tulle to all-over panels suggest lightness, floating on the body – an impression of pleats in motion – underscoring clothes can be sensual and revealing but still leave “something for the imagination.” leather and organza paillettes and touches of feather embroidery on soft silhouettes harmonize with raised hemlines, embodying an attitude of uncomplicated style. the spectrum of rose, pale blush to a bold fuchsia, acts as a rich palette to explore for both neutrals and strong accents.
Renowned for her impeccable elegance and timeless style, Carolina Herrera was considered in the 1980s one of the best-dressed women in the world. As a true empress of style and artistic muse she inspired pop-art icon Andy Warhol was photographed by the world’s most celebrated photographers.
Carolina Herrera presented her first capsule in New York in 1981 with encouragement of Diana Vreeland, legendary Vogue Editor-in-Chief. The very first runway show was held at Metropolitan Club, a New York City landmark and institution. The first collection was met with great editorial acclaim and commercial success. Hence, the Fashion House of Carolina Herrera was born.
As an internationally renowned fashion designer and mother of four daughters, Carolina Herrera is a true matriarch. She leads her family with pride, having built a rich heritage and legacy passed on from one generation to the next.
In the spirit of family-run companies, mother and daughter work closely together. Carolina Herrera de Báez joined the family business in 1997 as a creative director at Herrera’s House of Fragrances. Today she is the image for CH Carolina Herrera, lifestyle collection and an advisor to her mother.
In celebration of her extraordinary fashion career, Carolina Herrera has been honored on many occasions. Most recently, she was named the Style Awards Designer of the Year and was the recipient of Fashion Group International’s Superstar award in 2012, as well as international recognition with Spain’s Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts.
Aside from her stature as an acclaimed designer, Carolina Herrera is committed to philanthropic causes globally. She serves as ambassador for the American Cancer Society and the Intergovernmental Institution in the fight against malnutrition.
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