Five Minutes With?€¦ Carolina Herrera New!

Carolina Herrera is bringing her second line, CH Carolina Herrera, to its first permanent home in UK. We caught up with the multi-award-winning designer ahead of the ribbon-cutting to talk London, success, and the one accessory she currently can't live without.

Why is now the right time to open a CH Carolina Herrera store in London?
I opened my first London boutique in 2009 on Mount Street. London is fabulous, with so many wonderful places to see South Kensington being one of my favorites. The new CH boutique will open in Fulham Road and I am so happy that I will have two boutiques in London in two wonderful places.

What can we expect?
CH is the continuation of Carolina Herrera New York with accessories and complete collections of men's, women's and children's. There's something for everyone. It's more than just clothes; it's a lifestyle.

Who is the CH Carolina Herrera woman?
The CH Carolina Herrera woman is the woman of today. She is active, chic and independent, but she is never afraid to be elegant and feminine. She does not follow trends, she makes them. Fashion has to be fun.

What do you see as the main differences in style between British and American women - if any?
Style is relative and it changes from person to person. British and American women have very different styles and a different way of living. Style is something very personal. It is about how you live, how you carry yourself and most importantly what you choose.

What is the one key wardrobe update you're excited about for autumn/winter 2012?
I am always excited about winter because you can update your wardrobe with a new accessory. I love my new leopard print pony hair Matryoshka bag that I carry everywhere.

What's your favourite place to go in London?
I am always so excited to travel to London because there are so many places to see. I love to go to Heywood Hill, a charming book shop.

You've been in the industry for over 30 years. Do you remember the first moment when you felt, 'yes, this is it - it's really happening'?
I never expected this to be so big. I have to say that I was very na??ve when I showed my first collection. I thought I had arrived and made it already. I didn't realise how difficult fashion is, but I have been very lucky because women around the world love my designs. It is because of them that Carolina Herrera has been so successful.

Do you have any unfulfilled ambitions?
I have a wonderful family. What else could I ask for?

The CH Carolina Herrera boutique is now open at 2 Fulham Road, Brompton Cross, London SW6; +44 (0) 207 581 9432.