Fashion & Beauty

Favorite Summer Indulgences from Emilie Rubinfeld

FullSizeRenderEmilie Rubinfeld (Photo courtesy of Mimi Crawford)

As we are now winding down the summer, we’ve asked several accomplished women of style whom we admire to come up with their Sweet Summer Indulgences for the season. This week we invited Emilie Rubinfeld, Chief Marketing Officer at Carolina Herrera. She leads integrated marketing, branding, digital communications and public relations worldwide for the New York-based fashion house renowned for effortless elegant style and refinement embodied by the designer and founder. (See the beauty of past and upcoming collections at Carolina Herrera’s Facebook page.) Prior to joining Carolina Herrera, Emilie served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Akris, the preeminent Swiss luxury fashion house as well as Vice President of Marketing at Giorgio Armani. 


Favorite Summer Destination: My husband is from Stockholm, so an idyllic summer destination I’ve married into is the Swedish Archipelago.

18785372186_2af5b744f9_z“Swedish Archipelago Houses.” Photo by Mariano Mantel via Flickr (Creative Commons License)

Favorite Hotel: I have a few that I love but the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur tops the list! The majestic view of the Pacific Ocean never leaves you. I also adore The Carlyle in New York City. Breakfast (or drinks) at the Carlyle is always special.

Favorite Restaurant: I am obsessed with Dirty French on the Lower East Side in New York City—the roast chicken is epic.  I also love Black-Eyed Susan’s in Nantucket. The food is consistently delicious and it happens to be in one of the most beautiful places in America.

Favorite BoutiqueCarolina Herrera on Madison Avenue of course! The new pre-fall collection is as chic as it gets.

11406725_829829520440824_6769136000473709638_o2  “Floral Bouquet Shift Dress,” from Carolina Herrera’s Pre-Fall 2015 Collection. (Available at

Current Summer ReadingI enjoy contemporary fiction for summer: Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread, Anna Quindlen’s Still Life With Bread Crumbs, and Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings — its all about deeply creative female writers. I’m now starting something much lighter China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan. If you are in luxury retail, it’s a must read. Also, I’m eagerly awaiting the new Jonathan Franzen book, Purity, hopefully out before Labor Day.


Current Film on Your List to See this SummerI’m a Netflix girl who loves foodie/wine documentaries like SOMM (2013) and A Year in Burgundy (2013) as well as the Mind of a Chef  series. For movies, I will eventually indulge my kids on a rainy summer afternoon with Minions (2015). Fingers crossed for lots of sunshine.

What to Wear to a Summer PartyA Carolina Herrera simple cotton sheath or skirt from the Archive Collection featuring bright fun whimsical prints. There is a story behind every motif.

10854185_761833547240422_2250582954433786380_oReese Witherspoon in a Carolina Herrera summer sheath dress from the Archive Collection

Favorite Summer Fragrance: REN Morrocan Rose Oil—it gives a subtle scent while moisturizing and giving luminescence to the skin. 

Necessary Summer Indulgence: Provençal Rosé from Memorial Day to Labor Day — same rule as white jeans.

Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser Geranium Leaf Body Cleanserindulgence with a dose of realityPreferred Summer Accessories: Large ethnic jewelry looks great in the summertime, especially with kaftansFavorite Summer Fragrance: Mixing fragrances helps create my favorite. I mix Jo Malone Grapefruit Cologne and Tuberose Angelica.Necessary Summer Indulgence: I have a vintage Mercedes convertible sports car that I store in the winter. It’s strictly a summer car and it’s wonderful to drive around the beach with the top down.

Favorite House Gift for a Summer Weekend Invitation:  The best bottle of olive oil and aged balsamic you can find. It has been very appreciated every time.

Favorite Summer Entertaining Tips: An abundance of Provençal Rosé, beautiful summer flower arrangements where sunflower, hydrangeas and/or zinnias abound, and a surprise with a summer fruit lattice-top pie.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. August 21, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Thank you for this wonderful interview. I love all the Herrera summer dresses and have the very one that Reese is wearing in the photo! I read A Spool of Blue Thread in one much fun.

    I feel like I have found a new BBF here at WVFC! You simply must let us hear from you about what you love about fall and fashion. Will be in touch.

    Dr. Pat
    Publisher and Emilie Fan