After heralding her eponymous fashion house for 37 years, Carolina Herrera is stepping down as its creative director.
On Monday, the designer’s Fall 2018 show will mark her final bow at New York Fashion Week, the New York Times reports. Taking over the reins as creative director will be Wes Gordon, who has worked as a creative consultant to the designer for the past year.
“Just don’t say I am retiring, I am not retiring! I am moving forward,” she said in an interview with the Times.
Moving forward, Herrera will hold the title of “Global Brand Ambassador” at her namesake brand, while Gordon takes over as creative director. In her new role, she will continue to work closely with the house, attending store openings and events, but will not be designing the actual collections.
“I am thrilled with the evolution of the company over the past 37 years…There is still so much opportunity and I look forward to continuing to represent this house and our projects all around the world. I am so pleased Wes is now part of the Herrera house—he’s the right one for this position to further build on our great momentum,” Herrera said in a statement from the brand.
The designer, who has a force in the fashion industry for nearly four decades, has become synonymous with elegance, sophistication and ultra-feminine designs. While speaking with the Times, however, she revealed how the fashion industry is veering away from that: “Fashion has changed a lot. What they like now is ugliness. Women dress in a very strange way. Like clowns. There is a lot of pressure to change all the time. But it’s better to wear what suits you. Add something new and you have a great look. Consistency is important.”