I remember Carolina mostly for her gorgeous love-seat that she bought on eBay for less than $100. She had only recently settled in Spain and was in need of furnishings for her apartment. She bought it, shipped it and then had it recovered. I saw this ages ago in a magazine, (which one – who knows), but I loved it too and have never forgotten it. It also of course, introduced me to her and her great sense of style and taste – in fashion and in decorating.
Venezuelan-born Carolina Herrera Jr, was born into style but it seems she is naturally stylish in everything she puts her mind to. Carolina’s namesake is her mother, fashion designer Carolina Herrera.
Before Carolina became a perfume adviser for her mother’s company, she was a producer of films, mostly documentaries which was where she thought her future was headed.
“I loved it… (but) when I went to college I trained in the sciences and decided to go into research, but then it all took so long… I just decided I didn’t want to do it.”
Then after meeting a film director and taking a job as a production assistant,
“I had such fun, I was on the road every day living out of a suitcase and eating on the run. but I like to try my hand at many things.” But her destiny lay elsewhere.
Working for her mother came about because she asked her daughter for help with a new perfume.
“She told me she wanted to do a new perfume for a young, hip Manhattan woman and I guess I was young and maybe hip. I don’t know!”
Carolina is very natural and talkative with a wild mane of dark curly hair. She was born in Caracas Venezuela into a life of privilidge but left there at 14 to move to New York with her Mother and sisters. Carolina Jr looks very young for her 36 years and wears tracksuits, trainers, shapeless T-shirts and minimal jewellery when not working.
Carolina lives in Madrid with her husband, former Matador, Miguel Baéz and their 3 children, Olympia, Miguel and Atalanta.
Carolina has that gorgeous wavy hair that always looks done, even if she hardly ever brushes it – which she admits to and only straightens it for official photos, but doesn’t really care for how that looks.
And her makeup? She doesn’t like foundation but evens her skin out with YSL Touche èclat (this is a miracle item – H), curls her lashes and only wears mascara on her bottom lashes. She also recommends Guerlain Kohl powder eyeliner, having used it for years.
Here is a little insight into Carolina and her shopping habits (courtesy of The Guardian).
Carolina seems very down to earth and très normalè, oui? Oh, except for that whole access to the Carolina Herrera closet thing. But I think I can forgive her that!
Ciao for now,