HERRERA HOLDS COURT: “Opportunity for fashion is never ending,” said Carolina Herrera on Monday at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where the designer touched down for three days to present her Spring 2012 runway show at the ninth annual Saks Fifth Avenue luncheon benefiting Aviva Family and Children’s Services. Herrera had flown in Saturday night from Sao Paolo, where she was a speaker at the International Herald Tribune’s Luxury Business Conference. Sitting in the Polo Lounge in a crisp cream sleeveless dress, she said, “What season is it here? Winter? It’s beautiful.” After Los Angeles, she heads to Paris to check on her CH Carolina Herrera store, part of a 32-store empire she plans to grow next year by adding 15-17 stores worldwide. There are also plans for more Carolina Herrera New York stores, though she declined to elaborate where. Her five-and-a-half year-old Melrose Place shop was among the first to open on the street and she called it one of her favorites. Herrera also opined on celebrity dressing (“If the star looks fantastic, it’s very good for the designer. If not, it’s very bad for the designer, but not so bad for the star.”), and licensing (“It’s easy to say you have 20 licenses but better to have a few good ones. For CH I have almost every category, so I don’t need to do so much.”). She is interested in expanding into home because “people love beautiful houses and homes.” Before she made her way into the luncheon, she greeted the dressers backstage and showed off the special CH Mini Matryoshka bag, a version of which she carries daily, designed for the runway show to match the yellow and green bird print, adding, “Always important to have a good bag.”

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