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