One wouldn’t assume it, with her impeccably coiffed hair, glowing skin, and lilting Venezuelan accent, but Carolina Herrera has had her fair share of harried Fashion Week moments. On the international scene in various capacities for close to fifty years, and still au courant enough to have been asked to design the Twilight wedding gown, Herrerra has had ample experience with the hustle and bustle of NYFW, and yet, as she told interviewer Elettra Wiedmann in The Cut’s video series “New York Greats,” she suffers from a recurring nightmare in which she’s unable to present her collection:
“You know I always have a nightmare before the shows — always the same. It’s the day of the show — 1200 people, full! And I have to come out and say, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, I’m not ready. You have to come back tomorrow.’ [laughs] And I think I’ve wanted to get rid of that nightmare for years, and I cannot. I’m always very nervous but I dont show it, because if you show it, and you have a whole team working with you, and they see you out of your mind, so nervous — never! You have to be all calm, and everything is going to be perfectly all right. And don’t forget that we are only making dresses.”
Herrera will present her latest collection on Monday in Lincoln Center, and we bet it would do some of this year’s fledgling designers some good to take their cues from her sensible and seasoned perspective.