There’s always been a sort of golden glow around Carolina Herrera, the globe-trotting, best-dressed Venezuelan whose beauty captivated artists like Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe.?But Herrera is much more than “just a pretty face.” With the encouragement of Vogue’s Diana Vreeland, in 1981 she debuted a glamorous collection that became an immediate success.
After 37 years at the top, Herrera remains her own best model. This February, the designer officially became her namesake brand’s best ambassador, too, as she assumed a new role in the company now led creatively by Wes Gordon. As Herrera prepares to accept the CFDA’s Founder’s Award, she sat down with Vogue to talk about the importance of elegance and her belief that women can have it all.