Thursday, 8 December 2016

Jesi Max

Designer Carolina Herrera Recieves Women's Leadership Award

Veteran designer Carolina Herrera spoke about the interconnectivity of fashion and art as she was honored by a New York arts organization for her leadership and longevity in the fashion industry.

Herrera, 77, was presented with the Women's Leadership Award by the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund on Tuesday at a star-studded event at the Manhattan performing arts venue.

Herrera said on the red carpet that the award "means a lot" coming from Lincoln Center.

"Art always inspires fashion and fashion is art in movement," she said.

Carolina Herrera has had quite a year. The fashion designer, best known early in her career for the wedding dresses she designed for celebrity clients like Caroline Kennedy and now the leader of a $1.2 billion global empire, recently marked her 35-year career with a book party in Manhattan that attracted such celebrities as Serena Williams and Priyanka Chopra; followed by another commemorative event in Madrid, where the host was the American ambassador to Spain, James Costos; and a trip down to Dallas, where she was honored by Neiman Marcus with an award for “distinguished service in the field of fashion.”

Perhaps one of the few women who might have had a better 2016 was Diana Ross.

Last month, Ms. Ross, who started out as the lead singer of the Supremes in the early 1960s and then went on to a successful solo career and even branched out into movies (garnering an Oscar nomination for “Lady Sings the Blues” in 1972), was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama, in his last class of designees, an honor accompanied by a hug, a kiss and a somewhat sheepish presidential grin.

On Tuesday night, the lives of these two remarkable women converged on the stage at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, where Mrs. Herrera received the Women’s Leadership Award by the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund and Ms. Ross gave a spirited, strong-voiced, 20-minute sampling of her greatest hits (including “I’m Coming Out” and “My World Is Empty Without You”), finally getting the black-tie crowd to stand and dance (a little stiffly, to be sure) to “I Will Survive.”

Several well-known fashion designers have stated they will not be dressing future first lady Melania Trump, but the iconic Carolina Herrera said she absolutely would.

"Of course I will, as the first lady of this country I will. Of course," said Herrera, in an interview with the Associated Press. "It is an honor to dress the first ladies of the country and it's something to do for the United States. It's not for myself. It's for the public."

"I have a responsibility to the woman of today - to make her feel confident, modern and above all else beautiful" Herrera states on her official website.

Beyond high-end couture, Herrera is also known for her eye wear collection, accessories and women and men's fragrances.

Jesi Max

About Jesi Max -

A writer and entrepreneur who works on the marketing and strategy side of fashion. In particular, her writing and professional work focuses on the art of narrative marketing and branding as it applies to fashion and luxury. She also is the author of, a new blog that looks at fashion from an intellectual perspective.

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