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The Life and Design of Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera photographed by Pieter Estersohn via Paint + Pattern

When you think of color and pattern mixed with effortless elegance in the fashion world, the Carolina Herrera name undoubtedly comes up. The Venezuela-born designer launched a classic and cozy lifestyle brand very connected with the idea of ‘family’ – in fact, two of her four daughters, Carolina Jr. and Patricia Lansing, help with the creative direction and design of the company today. Growing up, the beautiful socialite landed frequently on best-dressed lists and Diana Vreeland, the then-editor of Vogue, fatefully suggested she launch a clothing line. The New York Times has since described the CH brand as “elegant and worldly without ever being fussy” and she and her family bring this wonderful aesthetic to the interiors of their homes as well.

Carolina Herrera Fashion via Paint + Pattern

A crisp, tailored white shirt is synonymous with Carolina Herrera as she wears it quite often. She brings this idea to her fashion designs as well, pairing colorful patterns and gorgeous singular colors that one could easily pair and mix several times with renewed fresh appeal. This idea flows into her and her family’s homes as well.

Carolina Herrera Residence via Paint + Pattern

A room in Carolina Herrera's residence with striped walls via Paint + Pattern

Carolina-Herrera's residence from Instyle magazine via Paint + Pattern

Ms. Herrera’s residences, including a Manhattan apartment and personal studios, have been frequently showcased in magazines such as House & Garden, InStyle and Vogue and photographed by Michael Mundy. Rich colors and striped patterns flow easily with both laid-back and important design pieces. She shares the homes with husband Reinaldo Herrera, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair.

Carolina Herrera's apartment with daughter Patricia Herrera via Paint + Pattern

Carolina Herrera fashion via Paint + Pattern

Carolina Herrera's residence via Paint + Pattern

Daughter Patricia Herrera's residence from Harper's Bazaar via Paint + Pattern

Carolina and Patricia, two of Ms. Herrera’s daughters, help helm the direction of CH as well as the design direction of their own homes. There’s a chic, laid-back design doused with a love of family in all the residences. Both have had their international homes featured in Elle Décor, House & Garden, Habitually Chic, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. It seems as if the entire Herrera family has exquisite style!

Carlina Herrera's residence via Paint + Pattern

Patricia Herrera wears the wall print on a dress | Paint + Pattern

Carolina Harrera's vivid residence decor via Paint + Pattern

Carolina Herrera's residence via Baez Home | Paint + Pattern

Patricia Harrera's Apartment via Paint + Pattern

The tasteful yet playful and eclectic touch of the CH brand is very apparent in the interiors of their residences. In 2008, Carolina Herrera was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designs of America. She says this of those who enjoy her aesthetic: “I like them to be sophisticated and I like them to be classic with a modern twist.” Sounds like a design style we can all live with and enjoy!

5 comments

  1. I’m not in Kansas anymore. Wow. Wish I had a touch of that class!

  2. Oh, you most certainly do! She has an innate style, doesn’t she? Clearly passed down to her family. Love seeing their designs, both interior and fashion.

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