Carolina Herrera


Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera
  • Born: January 8, 1939
  • Nationality: Venezuelan, American
  • Profession: Designer









In 1965, Herrera began her career working as a publicist for Emilio Pucci, a Florentine Marquis himself and a close family friend. She began working at Pucci's Caracas boutique, and moved to New York in 1980. Frequently associating with Mick and Bianca Jagger and Andy Warhol, at Studio 54, she became well known for her dramatic style. She first appeared on the International Best Dressed List in 1972, then was elected to its Hall of Fame in 1980. In 1981, her friend Diana Vreeland, then Editor-in-Chief of Vogue suggested that Carolina design a clothing line. She did so, having samples made in Caracas, and debuted her collection at Manhattan's Metropolitan Club to critical acclaim. A well known Park Avenue boutique, Martha's, agreed to showcase her clothing in their prominent windows. Upon this initial success, she returned to Caracas and raised capital to fund a more formal launch. Her first runway show in 1980 included future supermodel Iman. Carolina Herrera presents her Ready-to-Wear Collection semiannually at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

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A man has to have sensibility, wit, mystery, tolerance, and strength... Romance also helps.
A wedding dress is both an intimate and personal for a woman - it must reflect the personality and style of the bride. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Age is something only in your head or a stereotype. Age means nothing when you are passionate about something.
Attention to detail is of utmost importance when you want to look good.
British and American women have very different styles and a different way of living. Women
Don't wear excessive make-up as you grow older. Young women can wear whatever make-up they want, but if you are older, you will regret it. Women
Elegance isn't solely defined by what you wear. It's how you carry yourself, how you speak, what you read.
Fashion has always been a repetition of ideas, but what makes it new is the way you put it together.
Fashion is a dream. It's difficult, and there are many aspects of fashion that are very difficult, but if you love it like I do, because I really have a passion, now, for fashion, it's not easy, but nothing is easy in life. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Fashion is not an investment. If you wear a dress and don't get many compliments, you won't wear it again. It's not like buying bonds.
Fashion is to please your eye. Shapes and proportions are for your intellect.
Fashion never stops. There is always the new project, the new opportunity.
Fashion should be fun. It shouldn't be labelled 'intellectual.'
Feeling good about yourself and your life is very important. I'm a happy woman, happy with my husband, my daughters, my grandchildren. We all get along quite well, and that keeps me centered. Life
For me, fashion begins in New York.
I always remember my childhood house with happy memories. There was a beautiful garden, and outside my bedroom window was a jasmine vine which would open in the evenings, giving off a divine scent.
I am truly happy with what I've got. But if I could alter something, it would be my hands. I've never been satisfied with them - I would love longer fingers. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I am very shy. When I go to a charity ball, I don't mind if people look at my sleeves. I mind terribly if I have to say something.
I believe that you have to treat the people who work with you like your family. Families, Children & Parenting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I didn't long to be a designer. I always liked fashion, but it was always a bit sleeping in me.
I don't believe in naming clients to get press. I hated it when I was a couture client. If the dresses don't sell themselves, there is something wrong.
I don't get my inspiration from books or a painting. I get it from the women I meet. Women
I don't like trends. They tend to make everybody look the same.
I have always loved trouser suits. It's something I absolutely believe in for women. Women
I love books; my suitcases are always full of them. Books and shoes. I read when I am sad, when I am happy, when I am nervous. My favourite British author is Jane Austen, and my favourite American one is John O'Hara. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love white shirts because they feel like a security blanket. You can wear them with anything. It's the person and the way that they wear it that makes it different. I have been designing white shirts forever, but I don't get tired of it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I prefer clothes that are simple, well-cut, but with one major extravagance. Something with the sleeves, with the skirt, but nothing too fussy, too flashy.
I rarely go into a shop on holiday, because fashion and design are what I'm involved in every day. I need another world.
I very seldom compromise. I am a Capricorn.
I was brought up with considerable discipline, and I was taught it wasn't proper to display certain very private emotions in public.
I was schooled at home, then didn't go to university because I married when I was 17. I didn't go into work until late in my life. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'm not going to say that I'm perfect. I do have fashion crises.
In general, fashion is challenging. Everything from clothes to fragrances.
Intuition is a strong feminine quality.
It's important to find what really suits who you are, because style isn't only what you wear, it's what you project.
It's not my aspiration to appear on a reality show. That's the last thing I need in my life. Life
I've had work done on my eyes in the past. However, I think there are limits. I wouldn't ever have too much done, as it looks unnatural, and I don't think you should do anything to your lips, as it changes the entire shape of your face. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Keep in shape: if you look good, you will feel confident.
Latinas who come to the U.S. should adapt, learn English and become a part of the community.
Life is hard. It is not too short, it is too long. But you have to learn how to live; you have to have a sense of humour. Life
Luxury will be always around, no matter what happens in the world.
Money doesn't buy elegance. You can take an inexpensive sheath, add a pretty scarf, gray shoes, and a wonderful bag, and it will always be elegant. Money, Coins & Minting
Most people travel with a good book, but I also keep my agenda with me; I'll flip through the pages and take a few moments to organize my life a little - I rarely get the time to do this normally. Life ;Time ;Travel
My family - my husband, my daughters, my grandchildren, my great-grandchildren, all of them - are the most important thing in the world to me. Families, Children & Parenting
People get nervous accessorising, but there is nothing wrong with adding a belt or a pair of shoes in another colour.
Perfection does not exist - only God is perfect. Religion & God
Politics are private. I don't understand people who try to convince you to join one party or another. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Sometimes the simplest things are the most profound.
Sometimes you see women that don't realize that age is changing your style, and they don't change. Women
Thank God my hair is always the same. And I get dressed very quickly. I am not one of those people who spend three hours getting dressed. I never understood that. What do you do for the two and a half hours after the half hour it takes you to get ready? Religion & God
The first painting that I realised I liked was 'The Garden of Earthly Delights' by Hieronymus Bosch, when I was six years old, at the Prado in Madrid. I still find myself returning there every time I'm in the city. Time
The red carpet is very important. You have to be very careful to have the right person dressed in right way. For me, it has to be a perfect look.
There isn't a book that has changed me, but I have favourites such as 'Pride and Prejudice' which I often re-read.
There's a tendency for designers to embellish the size of their business. I never lie. Business, Commerce & Finance
Unfortunately, there's a lot of confusion today over what is sexy and what is vulgar. It's horrifying. They say, 'Oh, that girl is so sexy,' and she turns around and the dress is four sizes too small. Or she's wearing so much stuff, you wonder how long it took her to get ready.
We always know better than anybody else what looks best on us. Even if people are complimenting you, if you think, 'I hate what I have on,' it's not right.
We women manage to do many things at the same time. Men, no. Men do one thing at a time. Time ;Women
When I was living in Los Angeles, I always booked a moisturizing milk-and-honey massage the day before flying to Spain. It was heaven - I never got dry plane skin or felt stiff from sitting in one position.
When you do something that you like, and you think you can keep doing it, you don't think about retiring.
When you live and work in different time zones, you spend a lot of time on airplanes. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When you're wearing something you feel comfortable in, you move better. That's why the most important accessory you can have is a full-length mirror.
Work doesn't seem to interfere with my life. I have time for everything, even time to be alone. Life ;Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You can be very feminine and be a leader. Christine Lagarde, she's very chic and she dresses very well, and she's a woman. And she has a lot of power. Power
You feel very romantic when you're in a ball gown. Everyone should wear one once in a while. Romantic
You have to deal with the fashion egos. You know, there is a lot. It shouldn't be treated that seriously because fashion is only making dresses to make women look beautiful. We're not inventing anything new. Women
You have to have talent to design and to dress thousands of women or millions of women around the world. And you know very well, the only thing they want is to look more beautiful. Women
You never expect anything when you are 20 because you think that you'll never get older.
You wouldn't know it but I'm no good at... cooking. My chef does that.