I’ve only heard about New York-based designer Carolina Herrera about a year ago but ever since then I’ve been a fan of her timeless and delicate creations. The New York Times cited her designs as “elegant and worldly without ever being fussy.” I think that description best describes the Upper East Side brand. Some may say it’s too modest, boring, unimaginative etc. but in my opinion Carolina Herrera is the epitome of beauty and class.
-Above and below, from her latest Spring/Summer 2016 collection –
The Carolina Herrera brand debuted in 1981 after Diana Vreeland (the legendary then-editor of US Vogue and the subject of ‘The Eye Has To Travel’ documentary) urged that socialite Carolina start her own fashion line. What amazed me was that she only started her billion dollar empire at age 40. This is just inspiring especially to people my age where there’s a lot of pressure for success and it proves that it doesn’t matter how old you are, it’s never too late to achieve your dreams.
“I went to Diana Vreeland and said, ‘You know what? I’m going to design fabrics.’ And she said, ‘Oh that’s so boring. Why don’t you do something else? Why don’t you do a collection of dresses? It’s so much more fun.'”
FOLLOWER OF TRENDS?
Unlike other designers, Herrera is probably one of the least attentive to shifts in trends. She stays true to her own aesthetic which can lead to shunning seasonal fads. The brand doesn’t aspire to be hip, cool or edgy. She just focuses on her target market and she’s always looking forward to what the Herrera woman of today should wear.
“The way she is as a person reflects directly in her brand,” says designer Donna Karan. “As a woman, she’s humorous, supportive, gracious, stylish and dignified, and she communicates all this to her customer.”
-Above, from the Autumn/Winter 2015 collection –
‘How can you be a fashion icon if you’re not wearing clothes?’
Some designers think “it’s so modern to be naked or almost naked. They think it’s going to attract younger people if they do those dresses. No! Oh God! They’re trying to get people to pay attention to them. In life, there should be a little mystery. They’re supposed to be fashion icons and they’re not wearing anything. It’s an obsession now.” – Carolina Herrera, 2015
Personally, I could not agree more with Carolina. She was specifically talking about the MET Gala 2015 where celebrities like Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian (amongst others) were all wearing semi-naked dresses that just smells of desperation and attention-seeking. It’s not even surprising anymore. It’s overdone. I’d much rather wear a dress that’s appropriate, ladylike, and romantic!