Using her own lifestyle as inspiration, Carolina Herrera creates beautiful clothing for a sophisticated, worldly woman. Her clothing and fur collections exude refined confidence with lady like panache. A socialite in her native Venezuela, Herrera often traveled to New York with her second husband, Reinaldo Herrera Guevara.
She became accustomed to wearing designer clothing, mingling with the hip crowd and being spotted at the latest hot hangout. Herrera’s impeccable style landed her on the International Best Dressed list initially in 1972 and again as a Hall of Famer in 1980. Upon moving to Manhattan in early 1980, at the urging of friend and then Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, Herrera began creating her own fashion line. The first 24 dresses were made in Caracas and sold in a friend’s New York apartment.
She soon found a financial backer and in 1981 presented a runway show at the exclusive Metropolitan Club featuring couture-like dresses with exaggerated shoulders and sleeve details. The fashion press and New York’s jet-set loved the luxurious looks. Along with her dresses and furs, Herrera also designs bridal gowns, children’s clothes, sportswear, shoes, handbags, jewelry, and fragrances. Today, Carolina Herrera’s fashion empire has a global presence in high-end retailers, boutiques and her own stores.
For Fall 2014, Herrera’s inspiration was taken from 1940’s Hollywood glam. Face framing collars, exaggerated sleeves and feminine wraps are created from fluffy fox or silky sable. Colors are natural, plum or spearmint green. And while the look is retro at heart it is modern for today’s woman who juxtaposes being take charge with a feminine flair.
Awards, Accolades and Recognition for Carolina Herrera:
- 1985 Named one of Elizabeth Arden’s “Ten Best-Dressed Faces of the Year”
- 1987 Receives a Moda award at the Hispanic Fashion Designers benefit gala
- 1990 Wins the Pratt Institute award
- 1994 Receives Drexel University’s Crystal Star Award for design excellence
- 1997 Awarded the Gold Medal of the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in New York
- 2000 Opens her first boutique on Madison Ave. in New York
- 2003 I n January issue, named to Vogue’s 2002 best-dressed list
- 2004 Received the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Womenswear Designer of the Year
- 2005 Enters the Fragrance Foundation’s Hall of Fame
- 2005 Receives a gold medal for achievement in fine arts from the King and Queen of Spain
- 2006 Again on Vogue’s best-dressed list
- 2006 Named “Mother of the Year” by the American Cancer Society
- 2007 Included in People en Espanol 100 Most Influential Hispanics issue
- 2008 Receives the CFDA’s Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement award
- 2009 Becomes an American Citizen
- 2009 Herrera and her daughter Carolina, Jr. are featured in a “Got Milk” ad
- 2011 Named Mercedes-Benz Presents Designer for Spring 2011
- 2012 Received the Fashion Group International Superstar Award
- 2012 Received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology