Designer Carolina Herrera on DC Style & More
Capitol File caught up with Herrera after a showcase of her latest collection.
May 18, 2012
Earlier this month, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation hosted its Second Annual Great Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show at The Ritz-Carlton. This year, former first lady Nancy Reagan was honored with the “Great Ladies” award, and fashion designer Carolina Herrera accepted the award on Mrs. Reagan’s behalf. She also showcased her fall/winter 2012 runway collection at the luncheon, and was on hand to host (with Saks Fifth Avenue) an on-site boutique.
Capitol File caught up with Herrera the day after the ceremony at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase, where she met excited local customers at a crowded trunk show.
How is the Carolina Herrera customer in Washington different from your other customers in the US?
CAROLINA HERRERA: I think the Washington woman is very similar to all the women I design for—chic, sophisticated, and modern. It is important to remember, though, that a woman should not only dress based on the city and climate she lives in, but also [based] on her personality and style.
What trends will carry through from spring into fall?
CH: I try not to follow trends. Seeing everyone in the same thing from season to season would not be amusing, and fashion needs to be fun. We make it fun by incorporating bold colors in every season and making the evening pieces glamorous with volume and movement.
What five essential pieces should a well-dressed woman have in her wardrobe?
CH: A crisp white shirt, a pencil skirt, a little black dress, a wonderful pair of high-heel shoes, and a full-length mirror—the most important accessory of them all!
When you were growing up in Venezuela, who were your style icons?
CH: Growing up, I only really cared about my dogs, horses, and tennis.
Whose style do you admire now?
CH: Today, I admire Lady Gaga. She is consistent with her style and knows how to wear it.
Celebrating the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner at Carnegie Library.