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Happy Birthday Mrs. Herrera

by habituallychic

01 . 09 . 10

Fashion designer Carolina Herrera celebrated her birthday this past Friday (71 is clearly the new 51!) and still looks just as chic as she did when she was a young girl. As you can tell from the photos, she found her style early on and stuck with it. She is the epitome of grace and elegance but she also looks like she knows how to have a good time. In a day when thigh baring dresses are the norm, she is and will always be my style idol! There is something to be said for not only acting like a lady but dressing like one too! Happy Birthday Mrs. Herrera!

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  1. Modern Traditionalist January 9, 2010 | 11:33 pm

    I absolutely adore her and her daughters. Pure class. I devoted a blog post to her and Carolina Jr. just a while back.

  2. stylecurator January 10, 2010 | 12:02 am

    wow! she is so beautiful and classic. thanks for sharing.

  3. A Gift Wrapped Life January 10, 2010 | 1:11 am

    When it works….it works. She obviously owned her style from a very young age. What an inspiration the birthday girl is!

  4. La Dolfina January 10, 2010 | 1:32 am

    She is a fashion icon. Love her!
    Thanks for all the great photos.
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend 🙂

  5. Ivy Lane January 10, 2010 | 1:32 am

    She really has it “goin'” on”!!

  6. Heather January 10, 2010 | 1:40 am

    Fabulous and Inspirational!

  7. Katie January 10, 2010 | 2:32 am

    She is SO classy! And she always looks gorgeous! I hope I look that good in 45 years!

  8. Paula Grace Designs January 10, 2010 | 8:04 am

    She has unsurpassed style. Very elegant and true to herself. Loved looking at all her pics.
    Paula Grace

  9. lady jicky January 10, 2010 | 8:46 am

    One very chic woman.

  10. Penelope Bianchi January 10, 2010 | 9:46 am

    What a brilliant post! Good Grief! I saw her 20 years ago in Lost Angeles…….at a LACMA (La museum of art) benefit…….she is ageless. Exquisite!
    My husband danced with her….and thought she was from “the Argentine”..she very softly said…..no Brazil…lovely feminine….

    Gorgeous…..elegant……and a fabulous designer!

    God looked at her…..and Said……”YOU! You get it a!!!

    Isn’t it wonderful when that happens!

    GREAT POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    my fave is the Sesame street at the end! My 40 year old “baby” grew up with Sesame street. How cool is Mrs Herrera!



  11. jones January 10, 2010 | 12:29 pm

    She just keeps on getting classier–most wonderful of all, is the her creativity keeps evolving to higher levels.
    True inspiration. Mary

  12. Suze Yalof Schwartz January 10, 2010 | 12:41 pm

    I love her!!! She is my all time favorite female designer – chic, elegant and more than cool. I feel so lucky to know her and own a few pieces! Amazing blog Heather – but then again I adore all of you blogs! XO Suze Yalof Schwartz
    PS- I hope you send her a link to this she will love it.

  13. Teresa Hatfield January 10, 2010 | 12:56 pm

    The epitome of class.

  14. Laura Casey Interiors January 10, 2010 | 1:41 pm

    Can’t we all hope to look that beautiful and stylish in our 70’s!

  15. Karena January 10, 2010 | 2:58 pm

    Adore Carolina! The second image is one of my favorites. A very classic icon of beauty, style, and design!

  16. Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, Interiors January 10, 2010 | 4:45 pm

    Aside from her natural beauty… The beauty that
    she creates is truly maginificent. She is a fashion
    icon. Her family is a dynasty… Heather, you’re indeed
    correct where you state, ” 71 is the new 51!”
    What a wonderful birthday tribute!! – maureen P.S.
    Love seeing you in Lonny!!

  17. Ryan Hines January 10, 2010 | 4:55 pm

    Love ‘er.

    The crisp white button down + enormous skirt look was GOOD. She rocked that pretty frequently.

  18. Rebecca January 10, 2010 | 6:11 pm

    “There is something to be said for not only acting like a lady but dressing like one too!” I couldn’t agree more! I enjoyed this “style show” very much!

  19. The Broke Socialite January 10, 2010 | 7:02 pm

    It is because of Ms Herrera that I’ve such an affinity for white blouses with a popped collar. She is elegance personified. I want to be like her when I grow up!

  20. Kathy January 10, 2010 | 7:45 pm

    Lovely post………

  21. Chiaroscuro January 11, 2010 | 2:37 pm

    Side by side with the legendary Babe Paley, Slim Keith, Pauline de Rothschild and my personal favorite, Millicent Rogers – Caroline Herrera is a living legend. Happy Birthday, Carolina! And many more!

    By the way, Millicent was the one who in the late 1940s began the rage with white blouses, eye-popping turquoise and Native American jewerlry and long skirts. Way ahead of her, that was Millicent.

  22. princedeligne January 11, 2010 | 3:50 pm

    Carolina is the definition of elegance and sophistication. Her name should be in a a dictionary as an example of that.
    Penelope, Maria Carolina Josephina Pacanins Y Nino, or simply Mrs. Herrera is not Brazilian she Venezuelan.

  23. Richie Designs January 11, 2010 | 4:29 pm

    I just adore her and her white shirts.

    I expected her house to be more clean though, didn’t expect such ornateness if that is a word.

  24. honey living January 11, 2010 | 4:32 pm

    so graceful and elegant. a picture of class.

  25. Ginabee January 11, 2010 | 5:40 pm

    i hope i look this gorgeous at 71 wow!

  26. Style Maniac January 11, 2010 | 5:48 pm

    talk about a style icon! so elegant yet she just crackles with charisma and intelligence. living proof that true style is ageless.

  27. style chronicle January 11, 2010 | 8:03 pm

    Love her, love her, love her!

  28. Janet January 11, 2010 | 9:14 pm


  29. McCabe January 12, 2010 | 2:21 pm

    i wish i had style that good at 30. goodness, she has great taste!

  30. Lisa January 12, 2010 | 9:51 pm

    What a magnificent lady!

  31. André Barbosa January 13, 2010 | 10:51 am

    Impressive sense of style!

  32. Rebecca M Paz January 20, 2010 | 11:52 pm

    I actually interned for her two years ago and she is even more chic in person. Her posture is perfect, class oozes from her and her outfits were always impeccable. Her office is pure glamour, chocolate brown and cream are the colors used throughout the offices, fresh flowers, painting, candles burning… we even had the original Andy Warhol in the design studio. I am so proud to have such a stylish Venezuelan represent us internationally. She is truly admirable!


  33. Kristine February 7, 2010 | 1:45 pm

    She wears the white shirt oh-so-well doesn’t she? That’s my idea of style.