Carolina Herrera Wins Fashion Week Award

After 30 years of creating elegant, unforgettable pieces, Venezuelan-born designer Carolina Herrera receives the distinguished “Mercedes-Benz Presents” title for this season’s spring/summer 2011 collection.

"I am very proud to be chosen as the ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents’ designer," Herrera said in a press statement.  "To be recognized in such an important year in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week history, is, without question, a wonderful honor."

The award recognizes designers for their dedication to the use of quality materials, unique style and innovative design for the past seven years.  The milestone comes not only as the designer's runway show debuts at the first ever Fashion Week held at Lincoln Center in New York City, but the opening of her highly anticipated CH Carolina Herrera store at 802 Madison Avenue with special guest illustrator Robert Risko, and the 10th anniversary of her Madison Avenue flagship store at 954 Madison Avenue.

Herrera, who also won "Womenswear Designer of the Year" in 2004 and the "Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award" in 2008--both from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, directs her signature Carolina Herrera fashion and bridal collections, her slightly lower priced lifestyle collection CH Carolina Herrera, and ten fragrances.

Latinos are taking the fashion industry by storm. Last year, Narciso Rodriguez was awarded the same honor for the Spring 2010 collection