How do you balance that fine sense of reality and fantasy in your designs?
When designing, I have a responsibility to the women who buy and dress in Carolina Herrera – to make them feel confident, modern and, above all, beautiful – no matter their age.
Does art inform your work?
For sure! For instance, I love the use of red in A Young Woman and Her Little Boy by Italian painter [Agnolo] Bronzino. There are many paintings that I love, but lately I’m obsessed with El Jaleo, [John Singer] Sargent’s great artwork of Spanish flamenco dancers painted in a very elegant way during the time he lived in Spain.
If you hadn’t become a designer, what else would you have done?
I love literature and often say that if I weren’t a designer, I’d be a writer.
What is your secret to staying inspired?
It can be a beautiful painting, a walk in the street or looking at the people in the area. It can be a conversation or a book that I’m reading. You have to have your imagination going at all times – and you have to be curious to discover new things.