Sitting down with Carolina Herrera de Baez, Creative Director of Carolina Herrera Fragrances and daughter of the fashion icon, it's almost impossible not to feel as though you're with a shadow of Carolina Herrera herself. Herrera de Baez radiates the same soulful passion and elegance that one can only assume she inherited from her mother.
In fact, Herrera de Baez has been so inspired by her mother that she even created a fragrance in her honor. Blonde Jasmine—the staple piece in her new collection, Confidential—resonates with her in a way only bright, jasmine tones would.
"I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it’s called Blond Jasmine because for me, jasmine is always associated with my mother so I think the Blond jasmine, it reminds me of her," she says. "It’s another ode to her and that’s why it’s the pillar of the collection."
Here are five life lessons Herrera de Baez learned from her mother.
MOM IS ALWAYS RIGHT.
"I wish I hadn’t been such a mean bitch. It’s part of growing up. I’ve learned that she was right. She's going to love that I said that."
ALWAYS TRUST YOUR CREATIVE INSTINCTS.
“You have to trust yourself and have good instinct. But that doesn’t mean success. I trust my instinct, I fight for it. I surround myself with people I trust and I respect—people who are smarter [than me] and have something to offer. It's important to have a group. You can’t do anything on your own.“
THE MOST RADIANT BEAUTY IS NATURAL BEAUTY.
"Simplicity and naturalness
COMPASSION AND HUMILITY ARE KEY INGREDIENTS FOR ANY RELATIONSHIP.
"I think you have to have dialogue in relationships, respect, empathy, compassion, and humility. [Growing up] there was—maybe not so much dialogue—but there was everything else. Compassion, humility... things that you have to give and take in relationships."
ALWAYS BE CURIOUS.
"The best advice is to be curious—never lose curiosity and nurture your soul. Maybe she doesn't use the words 'nurture your soul' speaking in Spanish. But be curious, always. Cultivate your world."
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.