Carolina Herrera Honored by Lincoln Center

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It has been quite a career for Carolina Herrera, as she marks 35 years of style with a new high – Herrera was the first American designer to be honored at the 2016 Lincoln Center Corporate Fund Gala as she receives this year’s Women's Leadership Award.

The one-night only event celebrated the prolific work of Herrera, who has famously dressed First Ladies like Michelle Obama and Jacqueline Onassis, and is often revered for her “exceptional personal style”, which is distinctly elegant without fuss.

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There, the veteran designer, who started her career in 1965 as a publicist for Emilio Pucci, spoke of art, fashion and their interconnectedness as she was honored for her leadership and influence in the fashion industry. Indeed, the 35th anniversary of the designer’s New York-based namesake label, now a global billion-dollar brand, marks quite the journey.

"Art always inspires fashion and fashion is art in movement," said Herrera, who added that receiving the honor "means a lot".

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The 77-year-old received this year’s Women's Leadership Award by the New York arts organization at the Alice Tully Hall in Manhattan.

Every year, one honoree is chosen for the annual fundraising event, which supports ten artist organizations on the Lincoln Center campus. Among this year’s guests include Emmy Rossum, Julianna Margulies and Christina Ricci, where a series of Herrera's most prominent designs were showcased to the audience, followed by a stirring performance by Diana Ross.

"She's feminine, she's classy, she's sensual," said Rossum in a statement. "She's confident and smart and I think that that's the way she makes you feel when you wear her clothes.”

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