Fashion Designers Around the World
Fashion has dramatically evolved since the beginning of time. Before, there were the very colorful shirts and dresses worn by men and women. Today, men and women have seriously improved in their attire. There are many designers but here are the top 10 fashion designers from around the world who have greatly made an impact in the fashion industry and influenced us on how we dress.
If you say CK, you will right away think of Calvin Klein. When he opened his coat shop in 1968 at the Big Apple, there were only coats and other clothes that were not so trendy and stylish. He invested $10,000 in his business and then began to widen his fashion line. He made clothes and accessories for the A-list clients including Hollywood celebrities. His fashion line comprises of eyewear, underwear, home collection, watches, fragrances, and perfumes.
The fashion empire of Versace was started by Gianni Versace in 1978. After the death of Gianni in the year 1997, his sister, Donatella, who was the vice-president at that time, took over and continued the legacy that his brother had started. She even took the empire to soaring heights by making sure that their fashion line will cater to various fashion trends all over the world, especially in New York and Milan. Madonna and Jennifer Lopes are just 2 of the celebrities who are endorsing for the company in their clothes line, fragrances, accessories, and household fixtures.
Giorgio Armani is a classy Italian designer who is famous for his menswear fashion line. Before he started his own shop, he was a window dresser at a department store in Milan, Italy. Later on, he was selling clothes in the menswear department which gave him valuable experience in the marketing field of the fashion industry. With his various experiences in the fashion marketing field, he gained the confidence to open his very own shop in 1975 in Milan. In 2001, he became the most successful designer to come out in Italy, with a $1.6 billion annual profits and $8.5 billion income as of 2013.
More popularly known as Valentino, he had been one of the favorites of Hollywood celebrities for special events such as the Oscars or the Golden Globes. His shop started in 1959 in Rome and gained world recognition when he dressed for Jacqueline Kennedy after her husband, the late President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated. He was then in-demand among the royalties, socialites and A-lists from United Kingdom and Belgium. He also starred as himself in a movie in 2006, The Devil Wears Prada.
Ralph Lauren is an American born businessman and fashion designer who started as a salesman for a tie company. Because of his desire and love for fashion, he wanted to design his own ties, but his idea was rejected. He left the company and started to make his own ties out of rags and sold them in small shops across New York. Neiman Marcus gave him the biggest break when he ordered 100 dozens of the ties. He continued his market in ties under the label “Polo” which literally took over the world. Later on, he expanded his line by introducing menswear and women’s line. As of 2007, RL has more than 35 shops across the USA. He is also famous for his automobile collection.
Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was a fashion designer and the founder of Chanel brands. She was the only designer to be included in Time’s 100 most influential people of the 20th century. She had influenced the way women wear clothes from corseted silhouettes to sportive, feminine styles. She also designed handbags, jewelry and fragrances. She will always be reminisced for her perfume No. 5 and her classic suits.
She is the co-founder of the famous brand “Kate Spade New York” which was launched in 1993. They started with handbags, but also included personal organizers, stationery, shoes, address books, beauty products, raincoats, fragrances, eyewear and pajamas. Eleven years later, they went into home furnishings such as china, bath items, beddings, wallpapers and other household items. They had their shop in New York at SoHo in 1996. She received numerous awards during the course of her fashion career, such as “America’s New Fashion Talent in Accessories” in 1996 and “Best Accessory Designer of the Year” in 1998 and many more.
He was known as the one who made a huge turnaround of Gucci fashion house from bankrupt to big time $10 billion worth. His introduction into the fashion world in 1994 gave him opportunities to revive the glamour in fashion like satin shirts, velvet hipsters, and metallic boots. After that, he joined Yves Saint Laurent and gave his Midas touch once again and the company gained reputation for its commercial influence. Later, he parted ways with both companies due to some conflict. Because of high level of creativity, he went into movie directing and got nominations on his first movie.
He started as a stock boy at Charivari and was into designing hand-knit sweaters. With his passion for fashion design, he was named as the youngest designer to win “New Fashion Talent” in 1987, ranked #14 in Out magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Gay Men & Women in America” in 2012, and one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2010. His fashion line includes menswear, body-splash fragrances, and embroidered handbags. He has been working together with other noted fashion designers in the world such as Louis Vuitton, John Gallano and the new creative director for Diet Coke in February 2013.
Noted for his high end shoes, Manuel Blahnik Rodriguez is a Spanish fashion icon who was so passionate about designing footwear. He brought back the stiletto heels which have been in constant demand among celebrities and socialites. He has boutiques in many locations around the globe. Some of his creations are used in Hollywood like the Twilight Saga, Angel, and Sex and the City.
Whether you like shoes, couture dresses, fragrances, or handbags, these famous fashion designers have surely influenced your personal preferences. They have different styles and designs that will definitely meet your taste.