Carolina Herrera: Screen Test

The ladylike fashion designer, and star of W’s October 2014 issue, shares her thoughts on contemporary style—including Rihanna’s penchant for nudity—in a video interview with Lynn Hirschberg.

Released on 9/17/2014

Credits

Starring: Carolina Herrera

Transcript

00:04
When I was 15 years old, I wanted to be a vamp.
00:07
With a black veil and a cigarette holder,
00:11
because I was watching all this fantastic movies
00:14
with Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich
00:16
and all the very glamorous ladies.
00:19
So I wanted to look like that
00:21
and can you imagine what I looked like at 15?
00:25
Like a baby.
00:26
So they didn't allow me to do anything like that.
00:29
But I was not thinking to be a fashion designer
00:31
at that point, that came late in my life.
00:34
My first collection, which was in '81, was a great success.
00:39
That helps a lot.
00:40
But you have to have a passion for fashion,
00:44
because it's not only the glamour that you see.
00:46
It's a lot of work.
00:48
If you are a designer for many, many women,
00:50
you cannot design only for yourself.
00:53
I have collections that are quite huge.
00:56
I'm sure I wouldn't wear half of them.
00:59
But you know something, passion changes,
01:03
and now it's different from when it was really glamorous.
01:07
Now women like to be a little bit different,
01:11
what they call the fashion icons.
01:14
You have somebody who was totally naked
01:16
the other night, Rhianna, and she's a fashion icon.
01:19
And they ask me, and I say, Well, when she wears a dress,
01:22
I will tell you if she is or not.
01:24
But now she's naked.
01:26
I'm not criticizing it, I love it,
01:28
because I like the future more than the past.
01:31
I have four daughters, and it's very amusing
01:34
because they all have different styles,
01:36
their own way of dressing.
01:39
They always say that I'm always complaining,
01:42
Are you going to wear that?
01:43
Oh Mommy, what do you know about it, they say.
01:49
Oof, when I like to see where is my favorite shirt
01:54
or something that disappeared,
01:55
I go to one of their closets.
01:57
(laughs)
01:59
I was very lucky, because the women in my family
02:02
were all very well dressed, let's say.
02:04
They were elegant and they loved the clothes,
02:07
beautiful to look at but also very well finished inside.
02:11
So for me it is very important,
02:13
that I grew up with.
02:14
I love white, I think I have been wearing white
02:18
for very important occasions.
02:20
Don't ask my why.
02:21
It's because I like it.
02:23
(laughs)