01/08/2013 08:54 am ET

Carolina Herrera's Style Evolution: The Designer's 55 Most Sophisticated Looks (PHOTOS)

Carolina Herrera is synonymous with refined elegance and style. The Venezuelan fashion designer got her start in the 1980s and has since produced runway collections that offer well-tailored, classic pieces with a luxe touch. Her list of clients have included A-listers such as Renee Zellweger and Bianca Jagger and political power players like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Michelle Obama. Although this fashion connoisseur is an expert when it comes to ready-to-wear, she has also found success with fragrances and bridal designs.

With her killer personal style, it's no surprise that Herrera snagged the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year award. Whether she's clad in her uniform of black trousers and a white button-up shirt or she's donning a chic satin dress for a red carpet appearance, this lady always looks sophisticated and perfectly polished.

In celebration of her 74th birthday, we are taking a look back at some of her most memorable style moments -- and this icon has had plenty.

Carolina Herreras Style Evolution

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