The Chatroom: Carolina Herrera

Rule of thumb: maintain your mystery


There are two kinds of people in this world: those who are from here and those who have been forced to live here. The ones who are from here have largely adopted a throw-until-it-sticks mentality. (Proof of concept? Here.) The ones who have been forced to live here were bred to behave within the constructs of what those who are from here try to dub a bygone era of glamourreal glamour.

The thing of it is, this era isn’t really bygone. We have not just the stories to carry a legacy, but the very people who cultivate this legacy still contributing to the public discourse, reminding those of us who are curious to know what it takes to be a woman (mystery), how you should feel while wearing a dress (effortless) and whether black tie at a barbecue is ever appropriate (why not?) that in order to succeed, we don’t have to — as popular culture suggests — redefine, take back, nor consistently break molds. We just have to be cautious about the molds and role models we elect follow; make sure they’re the well-oiled ones who can possibly cite Diana Vreeland as a mentor.

In today’s episode of The Chatroom, Carolina Herrera lets us in on her secret. Secret being? Never share your…just watch!

Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis


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  • Amelia Diamond

    She’s incredible.

  • Catalina

    Carolina Herrera is my Grandmother… so great.

  • Krista Anna Lewis

    So glad Dali is front and center on her desk. My kinda lady.

  • Maintain your mystery – I like that, and she’s a beautiful lady inside and out.

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  • Áine Hegarty

    You guys should post photos from her first collection for people (like me) who have never seen it.

    • rene.elizabeth

      Yes! I’d like to see it as well.

  • kevynryan

    This just made my whole day! What a treasure she is!

  • Frivolity is necessary just as swimming in shallow waters is necessary to breathe

  • Mariana Raposo

    Amazing! I can’t leave your website, I’m so addicted to the fantastic articles you write.

  • “No. I’m not keeping up with those people”. Hilarious. Great interview!

  • Carolina Herrera just justified my need to own a pair of shoes for every day of the year. LOVED this.

  • YAAY a new video! Carolina is so cool and very mysterious. I once saw her walking in the street with shades on and asked for a picture, she was kind of hesitant but said yes then slipped away as soon as it was over.

  • Lua Jane

    Major bun envy Leandra!

  • Elizabeth

    I love seeing this. I always think of Cornelia Guest as a young girl, visiting Carolina Herrera before her Cotillion – they were such a great match.

  • Amanda

    Details on Leandra’s outfit please!

  • Z

    Would she approve of my choice in workwear though? Documented here:

  • Love Love Love your chats, Leandra!!! Carolina Herrera is amazing and so classy, but why she is not keeping up with ‘those people’?

  • Madel Arsenal

    I love this interview…and Carolina

  • Annie

    wonderful!!! also, what music is that in the background?

  • thebalancingunicorn


  • I love her even more now that I know Jane Austen is one of her favorite authors and Pride and Prejudice is her favorite book! Oh, her clothes are glorious!

  • Such a charming woman! Hilarious, too. This and the ones with Iris Apfel and Linda Rodin are my favorites.

  • Yaya Mendoza

    …. Love this Leandra

  • Brilliant. You forgot to ask her if she’ll adopt me.

  • Ariadne Rosales Valero

    I’m diying !!! Too much glamour and elegance and aaarrghh! She’s so divine. And yes, she’s definitely not dressing the same woman. I’m 19 and my first designer garment was from her, not only because of Venezuelan pride, but because everything she designs defines the woman I want to be. It’s impossible not to love her.

  • long

    Carolina Herrera is my Grandmother… so great.

    Crazy Craft

  • Great chat! What a lovely lady, so eloquent and classy. 🙂

  • We love her! She is our QUEEN SHEVA of this Wednesday.

  • Pamela

    “I am not keeping up with those people”!!! YESSSS Carolina.

  • Geraldine Pinto

    Fab questions Leandra. Love it.

  • Tiffany Chin

    I very much ENJOYED the chat regarding mystery and NOT keeping up with the Kardashians! By the way, Leandra, what were you wearing during this interview? I loved how your outfit was unique and elegant at the same time, which I thought was a great fit for meeting the great Carolina Herrera herself! Thanks!