Creative director Carolina Herrera’s favourite thing and first Love today as AnOther’s Guest Lover was Sky Flower, 2003 by Nobuyoshi Araki – a stunning wall montage of 1000 Polaroids of flowers by Japan’s most prolific photographer and contemporary
Creative director Carolina Herrera’s favourite thing and first Love today as AnOther’s Guest Lover is Sky Flower, 2003 by Nobuyoshi Araki – a stunning wall montage of 1000 Polaroids of flowers by Japan’s most prolific photographer and contemporary artist. This comes as a perfect choice for the designer who will this month be launching her “flower madness” – the concept behind a creation that takes flowers as its unique protagonist in decoration, clothing, gardens, the street and accessories. CH L’eau is the new feminine fragrance within the CH line that originates from Herrera’s own passion and fascination with flowers, “it is my own representation of this floral universe that surrounds me and that I adore,” Herrera explains on the scent.
As Herrera prepares for a fabulous, flower-themed event this Wednesday hosted by anothermag.com, with set design by the talented Simon Costin, we take time out to discuss her favourite thing and everything that blossoms.
Why did you choose Nobuyoshi Araki's Polaroids of flowers for your favourite thing?
I love Polaroids and I love Araki’s Polaroids of flowers. Sky Flower, 2003 is evocative of the flower madness that inspired me in the creation of this perfume.
Numerous other photographers – Nick Knight, Tim Walker, Irving Penn and Edward Steichen – are famous for their photographs of flowers. What makes Araki's the most captivating?
Araki's photographs of flowers are beautiful, raw, sensual and mysterious – all things I love.
Where did you see this work?
Sky Flower is part of the permanent collection at the Helga de Alvear Foundation in Caceres, Spain.
Flowers are the theme behind your new fragrance and accessories line – why are you so inspired by flowers?
I grew up in Caracas and my childhood home had a wonderful garden full of flowers. I love their texture, variety, smell, beauty, extravagance, sensuality, romanticism, colour, fragility and strength.
What are your favourite flowers and why?
Camelias, dahlias, poppies, lilies, tulips, violet – the list can go on and on.
Do you keep fresh flowers in your home or grow any in your garden?
I always have fresh flowers at home in Madrid and in the country I grow roses, sunflowers, violets, camelias, lavender, bouganvillea, oleander, agapanthuses and also a lot of wild flowers that grow there.
Text by Lucia Davies
To view Carolina Herrera's AnOther Loves stream see here.