It’s so good to be bad

A fresh, fun ap­proach and the re­lease of an in­no­va­tive new fra­grance marks an un­par­al­leled mo­ment for House of Her­rera – and women the world over.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Fashion Flash Read -

or three decades, leg­endary de­signer Carolina Her­rera and her dy­nasty have de­fined and em­bod­ied el­e­gance, cel­e­brat­ing the multi-faceted lives of women through cloth­ing and scent. So it’s no sur­prise that the brand’s lat­est fra­grance, Good Girl, cap­tures the new di­men­sions of fem­i­nin­ity in a pow­er­ful, para­dox­i­cal and ut­terly com­pelling way. Led by Carolina Her­rera de Báez, cre­ative di­rec­tor of House of Her­rera Fra­grances and daugh­ter of the fash­ion doyenne, Good Girl rep­re­sents what it means to be a woman, en­cour­ag­ing you to em­brace your bad side as well as your good. Sweet and so­phis­ti­cated with a sexy edge, the per­fume of­fers the best of both worlds, so we sat down with Carolina Her­rera de Báez to dis­cuss her ‘bests’ in life.

GLAM­OUR What’s your best child­hood mem­ory? Carolina My child­hood was very happy, al­most like a fairy tale, and I had this se­cret de­tec­tive club called The Mys­te­ri­ous Boot with my best friend and who­ever we al­lowed in. Our of­fice was in a tree house and I have great me­mories of us solv­ing mys­ter­ies of the house – and cre­at­ing our own mys­ter­ies to solve. Like if two of our dogs fought and we found a lit­tle blood, we would al­ready have a whole the­ory of what hap­pened that had ab­so­lutely noth­ing to do with the dogs! What’s the best fash­ion ad­vice your mother has ever given you? Al­ways look at your­self in the mir­ror be­fore leav­ing the house and never over­ac­ces­sorise. I con­stantly have her voice in my head say­ing, “Don’t look like a Christ­mas tree.”

And the best life ad­vice? You should al­ways cul­ti­vate a per­sonal in­ner world that has noth­ing to do with the ex­ter­nals of per­fume or fash­ion or what­ever in­dus­try you’re in. That’s been re­ally help­ful – it keeps me grounded. What’s the best thing you’ve learnt from be­ing a mother? Pa­tience. And also that you can’t make your chil­dren be who they’re not, be­cause you can kind of see who they are from very lit­tle. I have two daugh­ters Olimpia, 11, and Ata­lanta, eight, and a son Miguel, 10, and they’re all very dif­fer­ent. I’ve learnt how to not make them ex­ten­sions of my­self and to cater to each one in­di­vid­u­ally. What’s the best thing about work­ing with fam­ily? You can be very, very hon­est. With fam­ily, you never lie be­cause you know that they’re al­ways go­ing to tell you the truth no mat­ter what. When was your best beauty mo­ment, a time when you felt the most beau­ti­ful? For me, it’s not ever one mo­ment, but when I’m most happy. It can be work re­lated, it can be per­sonal – it doesn’t mat­ter. It’s just those mo­ments when you are in bliss, that’s when you’re al­ways at your most beau­ti­ful. For some rea­son, there’s a cor­re­la­tion be­tween hap­pi­ness and beauty. What is your best Carolina Her­rera fra­grance? I love the pri­vate col­lec­tion, and Good Girl is re­ally good, but it’s hard to choose my best – it’s like say­ing which one is your favourite baby! There have been so many fra­grances in the last 20 years that each one has a part of me in them, but the 212 will al­ways be spe­cial to me as it was the first one that I pro­duced. And that name comes from the area code for New York City. What’s the best thing about New York Fash­ion Week? The Carolina Her­rera show, be­cause it’s the only one I go to, although the en­ergy dur­ing New York Fash­ion Week is pal­pa­ble, be­cause there’s so much go­ing on and there are so many peo­ple. It’s a great time for New York. What was your best look at this year’s Carolina Her­rera show? I loved ev­ery­thing, from the check­ered dresses to the black chif­fon, which can be worn with heels and flats. But most of all, I liked the black long tuxedo for its ver­sa­til­ity and sex ap­peal.

What’s your best source of hap­pi­ness? It de­pends. It can be any­thing from watch­ing a great movie and be­ing bliss­ful with my chil­dren and hus­band to hav­ing a suc­cess­ful mo­ment. It isn’t ever one spe­cific thing – it’s ran­dom. It can even be eat­ing a de­li­cious hot dog! What’s your best con­fi­dence booster? When you’re feel­ing good, your con­fi­dence is al­ways up. I’m con­fi­dent when I’m happy, con­tent and am around friends and fam­ily, the peo­ple I love. I’ll tell you what isn’t a con­fi­dence boost: when you’re around a lot of peo­ple you don’t know and you get a load of com­pli­ments. That’s a to­tal non­con­fi­dence boost be­cause I don’t ever be­lieve it. Or like these peo­ple who have In­sta­gram ac­counts with thou­sands and thou­sands of fol­low­ers and they just get com­pli­ment af­ter com­pli­ment – that would be a to­tal con­fi­dence downer for me be­cause I’d think it was fake. What are the best notes in fra­grance for con­fi­dence? That is very par­tic­u­lar, be­cause the beauty of fra­grance is that it plays on our sense mem­ory, and that is dif­fer­ent for ev­ery per­son. I don’t think there is one note for con­fi­dence – it varies on each per­son. For some, it’s not flow­ers, but cit­rics or honey or cin­na­mon. It’s usu­ally things that bring you back to great mo­ments in your child­hood. For me, it’s jasmine, be­cause it’s a very com­fort­ing note that re­minds me of my child­hood and my mother. I only have good as­so­ci­a­tions with it, and that’s what I love about Good Girl – it’s based on jasmine and tuberose. Model Kar­lie Kloss is the face of Good Girl. What’s the best thing about her? I love her in gen­eral. She’s a very hard-work­ing woman and she does it so well, and ev­ery­thing she does, she does with the same pas­sion, al­ways giv­ing 100%. I like that she has these or­gan­i­sa­tions, like Kar­lie’s Kook­ies and Kode With Klossy, and is so young yet knows what to do with her suc­cess. I think that’s re­ally im­por­tant and em­pow­er­ing to girls and women, which is why Kar­lie is the per­fect Good Girl who in the end turns out to be this role model who can be good or naughty. She has taken her well-deserved mo­ment of glory and has turned it into some­thing pos­i­tive, which I think is a per­fect ex­am­ple of what every­body should do, not just mod­els. Men, women, celebri­ties – we should all give back.

Carolina with her mother Carolina Her­rera and sis­ter Pa­tri­cia Her­rera Lans­ing.

Kar­lie Kloss in the Carolina Her­rera Good Girl cam­paign.

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