Known for her personal style, Carolina Herrera’s impeccable eye for fashion flourished in New York City. To pay homage to the city that has given so much inspiration, Herrera created the 212 range of fragrances, emulating the same style and energy as the fashion brand.
Compare the prices, scents and styles of Carolina Herrera’s men’s fragrances to find the one to fit you.
History of Carolina Herrera
Born in January 1939 in Caracas Venezuela to Guillermo Pacanins Acevedo and María Cristina Niño Passios, Carolina’s father was an air force officer and former governor of Caracas but it was Carolina’s grandmother, a socialite, who introduced her to the world of fashion. From a young age she took Carolina to shows such as Balenciaga and also bought her outfits by famous designers such as Dior and Lanvin.
Herrera’s career began when she became a publicist as well as working at Emilio Pucci’s boutique. She spent a lot of time in New York, eventually moving there, and frequently associated with Mick and Bianca Jagger as well as Andy Warhol at Studio 54. Carolina quickly became known for her dramatic style, appearing on best dressed lists and eventually being elected into its Hall of Fame.
It was in 1981 when Carolina’s friend Diana Vreeland, then Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, suggested that she should design her own clothing line. Herrera did this with huge success when she debuted her collection at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Club. From here, Herrera continued to grow with runway shows and presenting at New York fashion week.
Herrera’s bridal wear also garnered a lot of attention which led to her fitting renowned brides such as Caroline Kennedy, Evan Rachel Wood and Kristen Stewart’s character Bella Swan in ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’. Herrera’s relationship with the stars meant the brand found a new light on the red carpet, dressing celebrities such as Sandra Bullock and Taylor Swift. Carolina Herrera also became known as the ‘Fashion’s First Lady’ having dressed various First Ladies, including Jacqueline Onassis, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama.
As her career blossomed, Herrera chose to give back and was presented with the Nat King Cole Award for her charitable works and contributions to the EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund.
It was in the late 80s when Carolina Herrera decided to turn to the world of fragrances. She described it as ‘the invisible accessory’, recognising that fragrances can help bring a whole outfit together. Herrera turned to Puig, a renowned fragrance business, to release her debut fragrance Carolina Herrera Eau de Parfum which was met with great success. This partnership and success continued and in 1997, Carolina’s daughter joined as Creative Director for the brand’s fragrance division.
Carolina Herrera’s fragrances include more than 20 different styles and have sold in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Carolina Herrera Fragrances
The 212 fragrance range is Carolina Herrera’s homage to the vibrancy of New York City. It encapsulates the buzzing atmosphere and the electricity of the city, with different variations to suit your style and taste.
The original 212 scent is a classic. For the modern man who is both confident and masculine, just like the New York man. It is subtle yet modern, cool and sophisticated.
With fresh citrusy top notes of bergamot and lavender to create the vibrancy, the energy continues into the middle notes with ginger and pepper. The base notes settle the scent, like the longlasting New York night with tones of sandalwood and white musk.
Taking the classic 212 and bringing out the seductive side of this energetic fragrance, 212 Sexy is bold and mysterious, a sensual and charismatic scent for the youthful man.
The scent represents the intense character that draws you in. A magnetic personality that is as fresh as it is seductive.
Opening with pops of bergamot and mandarin, the scent transitions into the spicy tones of black pepper and cardamom before settling into masculine notes of amber and sandalwood for an oriental and woody finish.
Capturing the generation who are reinventing NYC, the Very Incredible People whose options are limitless. 212 VIP is for the young, fearless and magnetic. The men who are confident enough to cut through the noise of the city with this unforgettable and modern fragrance. For the ones who create the rules, not follow them, this is the perfect scent to take them into the NYC night.
With citrus and aromatic top notes of lime and frozen mint and spicy mid tones of ginger and chilled vodka, this is a powerful scent that represents the pulse of the city. Strong and masculine base notes of kingwood and tonka bean finish the fragrance in bold fashion.
The bottle casts a powerful silhouette and is inspired by the exclusive parties of NYC.