Carolina Herrera is confident her namesake brand will continue to evolve under her new design team.
The Venezuelan fashion designer launched her company in 1980 and has since gone on to build up a reputation for dressing U.S. First Ladies, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama and Melania Trump.
Herrera announced in February (18) that she would be taking on a new role within the business, global brand ambassador, and would hand over creative control to designer Wes Gordon – a decision she’s very pleased with.
“I’m very proud to have arrived where I am now, because when you start something like this, you don’t know where it’s going to end up,” she told U.S. Vogue magazine. “I’m very glad that I decided to give it (creative reins) to Wes Gordon. He is very good and he has a very wonderful, elegant mind and he has a good eye. He trained with me for a year and I’m very happy with my decision. He’s going to follow what I did; it will be an evolution, not a revolution.”
During her interview, Herrera also spoke about the key women who helped her establish her label – former Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland and Jackie O.
“Diana Vreeland is the reason why I am doing all this. Diana was fabulous, I mean the most fabulous thing I have ever seen in my life. She was very exotic-looking and she had the youngest mind that you could imagine,” the 79-year-old shared, adding of late style icon Jackie: “She was a very cultivated woman with a fantastic mind and I mean she was reading everything – it was fantastic. She was a great inspiration, but she was a great supporter, too, she was always there for me.”
Herrera also pinpointed the creation of Jackie’s daughter Caroline Kennedy’s wedding dress as a highlight of her career and explained that she’s always loved making bridal gowns.
“People say that (the success of) Caroline’s dress was the reason that I developed bridal. No! Since the beginning, I always closed my shows with a wedding gown… because I think it’s full of hope and romance and fantasy,” she added.
Herrera will be presented with the Founder’s Award at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards next month (Jun18).
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