Carolina Herrera Jr., the beautiful and talented daughter of Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera of New York, just finished her documentary, “Maletilla,” which she has been filming in Spain and Mexico for five years. The film has been shown in Sevilla and Mexico to great success.
“Maletilla” is the story of Spain’s would-be bullfighters, boys as young as 12 from small villages and the countryside, who aspire to something better than their lives at home. Many of them show early promise going to bullfighting school, where they learn to fight with wooden bulls, and going from village to village practicing for what they hope will be dazzling careers. They are well aware of the terrible dangers of the sport but still they pursue it with tenacity. And love.
Carolina was lucky enough to have chosen three gifted kids to follow through the years who are now promising enough to make the cover of Paris Match.
But the big news is Carolina’s engagement to handsome, dashing, romantic Miguel Báez, known as “Litri” (the dandy), whose family, himself included, have been bullfighters for five generations. Litri retired at age 30 at the top of his career, he now owns a famous bull ranch near Caceres where he and Carolina will live, as well as in Madrid and Sevilla, after their June wedding. The Herreras and the bridegroom’s grand Spanish family recently met in Spain to announce the engagement. It is my pleasure to report that all concerned are encantados y mas.
You can expect a lot of news on the Nicole Kidman, Lenny Kravitz and Jude Law fronts in the next couple of weeks — whether you want it or not. Jude has arrived in New York with his girlfriend and “Alfie” costar, Sienna Miller. The relationship is cooking, maybe even boiling. On their last night in London, Sienna introduced Jude to her stepmother, Kelly Hoppen, at a cast-wrap party. Kelly has been quoted as saying “Sienna is head over heels and Jude is wonderful with her.” Meanwhile, Sienna claims she is being run ragged with the movie’s shooting schedule. The girl who changes “Alfie” from Casanova to a Romeo says, “I’ve lost weight and my boobs have gone, they’re just clinging on for dear life. I used to have boobs, honestly I did. I went to put on a bra this morning and now I don’t need one.” One either finds such candor endearing or nauseating. Isn’t Sienna telling us a bit more than we really care to know? She and Jude will be at the Mahwish & Shamera clothing and jewelry boutique in the East Village, where she will undergo costume fittings and film key shots for the movie. Spare us her chest measurements.