15 MIN­UTES WITH … CAROLINA HER­RERA DE BÁEZ

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Style -

Tell us about the Em­broi­dered Ma­tryoshka bag. This is the sec­ond bag I’ve launched. I did the Mini Ma­tryoshka in dif­fer­ent colours first, which was a cap­sule col­lec­tion, and this new range is a limited edi­tion of just 20 bags, spe­cially made for Sin­ga­pore, with em­broi­dery work done by Yolanda An­drés. And the new perfume un­der CH Carolina Her­rera? Sub­lime is a flo­ral with berg­amot and pas­sion flower notes. There’s also orchid, rose, a bit of leather, and patchouli. It’s a volup­tuous perfume. Any par­tic­u­lar muse in mind when you cre­ate a fra­grance? More than an im­age of a par­tic­u­lar woman, we cre­ate that woman. It’s hard to look at just one woman. What is the CH woman like? She’s el­e­gant and fem­i­nine, knows what she likes, loves fash­ion but isn’t a fash­ion vic­tim. She’s a ro­man­tic, has a sense of hu­mour. She’s sin­gu­lar. What are some of your favourite scents? I love the smell of jas­mine and the vel­vety scent of rose petals, be­cause a rose can be in­ter­preted in many dif­fer­ent ways. What’s the best part of work­ing with per­fumes? The fact that there are no rules. Ev­ery time we launch a perfume and it’s a suc­cess, it is an amaz­ing feel­ing. Be­ing able to tap into some­one’s sen­sory, emo­tional mem­ory is in­cred­i­ble and it is great fun to work in a field that’s in­tan­gi­ble, ro­man­tic, and emo­tional. If you weren’t mak­ing per­fumes, you would be ... ? Mak­ing doc­u­men­taries or films. Or run­ning a busi­ness or a nurs­ing school. Lessons your mother taught you? Stay grounded. Have your own in­ward world and don’t get in­flu­enced by ev­ery­thing around you. Fam­ily and friends are the most im­por­tant.

Mother and daugh­ter at the CH Carolina Her­rera store in Sin­ga­pore

Carolina Her­rera de Báez

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