For Carolina Herrera, a white shirt is ubiquitous: She can be seen wearing one in her office, at the MET, on the runway. In fact, she can be seen wearing a white shirt anytime and everywhere.
White shirt is her uniform, her armor, her “security blanket”, as she herself once put it.
But for someone who can and can afford to wear any types of white shirt, Carolina Herrera only wears one type: The one that fits her body, like Melania Trump, whom she has dressed as the First Lady of USA.
And apart from some occasional variations like a distinctive seam, a pair of exaggerated sleeves, a mandarin collar, an embroidered soft fabric, Carolina Herrera seems loyal to the classic men’s white shirt with sharp tailoring and pointed collar in white crispy cotton, which is what Melania Trump wears mostly as well.
Coco Chanel wore her skirt suit years after years after years, until she became the suit. Perhaps subconsciously Carolina Herrera is doing the same by wearing her white shirt with such discipline, just as her most high profile client Melania Trump, perhaps is doing almost the same: Two foreign women achieving the highest status in the most powerful country in the world, want to become a white shirt, among the men, carrying their men's surnames.
Carolina Herrera wears and makes and sells white shirt, she glamorizes and glorifies the white shirt, she is ambassador of the white shirt, and white shirt is her identity.