Chanel. Saint Laurent. Givenchy. Versace. And More. Fashion and style would be lost without the iconic designers behind these brands. What are my favorites? Read on!
Coco Chanel, born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, was known for her incredible design and style. Throughout the years, the House of Chanel had been lucky to have Karl Lagerfeld elevate the brand before his untimely passing in 2019. Virginie Viard has taken over the venerable fashion house now. Why I love Chanel: it is the epitome of timeless, classic and elegant style. The famed designer and Chanel founder had strong opinions about the way that a woman should and shouldn’t dress.
Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Henri Donat Mathieu- Saint Laurent known throughout the world as Yves Saint Laurent was a French designer who came into his own at the beginning of the 60’s at the start of pop culture when there was a thirst for new designs and ideas. Laurent thrived in this space. Why Saint Laurent matters: As the protege of Christian Dior in the 1950’s, he was part of that era’s influences for creating beatnik looks of turtlenecks and black leather jackets. He also put women in tuxedo suits, blazers and smoking jackets, which was different for those times. Saint Laurent was the first living designer to be honored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1983 with a retrospective on his collections and his impact on 20th century fashion.
Hubert de Givenchy started the house of Givenchy’s in 1952 with a signature style that skyrocketed the brand to success in the fashion world. Known for its sophisticated, yet modern approach to fashion, Givenchy’s designs earned him a permanent seat as an icon in the fashion world. The new artistic director, Clare Waight Keller, is the first female to hold this position at the house of Givenchy, and has successfully kept the signature style of the brand while at the same time refining it.
As one of the go-to designers for celebrities like Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, and many others, Vauthier stands out in the couture space. In his many interviews he states that he loves making dresses and describes his design process as the customer comes first. Alexandre Vauthier is one of those sexy French fashion designers that are always inspired by the 1980s. But, his most recent 2019 collection was an ode to a slightly older time, but seductive and sensual nonetheless. The 1960’s dominated his 2019 collection. Why does Vauthier matter? His wide range of styles inspired by decades past continue to push the limits with a contemporary look.
Whether you’re talking about Gianni Versace or Donatella Versace, these designers have continued to amaze with their over the top, bold, colorful, luxurious, and often sensual designs. Some of their most well known and famed pieces include the green dress Jennifer Lopez wore to the 2000 Grammys. The iconic and very revealing dress that Elizabeth Hurley wore in 1994, seemingly held together by safety pins, was also a Versace creation. Why is Versace one of the best? Versace blends unconventional materials, patterns and designs with fearless abandon, blazing a new trail in the fashion world.
Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela has to be one of the most elusive figures in fashion. But, that’s part of what makes him interesting, aside from his beautiful creations. This influential designer is one of the best by boldly going against the fashion status quo. When he began, he went against all that was considered traditional Couture. His designs revealed the structure of garments, intentionally showing the lining and seams. And, many of his designs are rarely made to fit a model’s measurements. Instead, he opts for the XXL alternative. From strange materials, to pushing the boundaries, Margiela is undoubtedly one of the best of 2019’s fashion designers.
Spanish fashion designer, Cristobal Balenciaga, started his journey into fashion in the early 1950’s. Throughout the next couple of decades, Balenciaga’s designs became the talk of the world as Haute Couture masterpieces. His signature style are unlike any other designs in the industry. With a mod, classy approach to fashion, Cristobal Balenciaga has created popularity throughout the world from L.A. to Paris.
Louis Vuitton Malletier, commonly referred to as Louis Vuitton or shortened to LV, has been designing fashion pieces ranging from luxury trunks and leather goods to ready-to-wear shoes, watches, jewelry, handbags, sunglasses and more since 1854. In 2018, the iconic French fashion house named Virgil Abloh the artistic director of the men’s wear collection. Since then, Abloh has given the men’s collection a completely new and updated facelift, where street wear meets the runway. Abloh has ushered in a new chapter of design and luxury at Louis Vuitton with an elevated color tones.