There are many designers out there who have made it big in the industry. And I have a few of My top Fav’s who I look up to and who somewhere inspire me as well.
So here are my top Favorites:
- CoCo Chanel (19 August 1883- 10 January 1971)
With her trademark suits and little black dresses, fashion designer Coco Chanel created timeless designs that are still popular today. Her second best after her designs were her quotes. Her quotes can lift up any women.
Her early years, however, were anything but glamorous. After her mother’s death, Chanel was put in an orphanage by her father, who worked as a peddler. She was raised by nuns who taught her how to sew—a skill that would lead to her life’s work. Her nickname came from another occupation entirely. During her brief career as a singer, Chanel performed in clubs in Vichy and Moulins where she was called “Coco.”
Her clothing success came on a chilly day in Deauville, when she fashioned a dress out of an old jersey because it was cold. In response to the many people who asked her from where she got the dress, she offered to make one for them. “My fortune is built on that old jersey that I’d put on because it was cold in Deauville,” she once told author Paul Morand.
Simplicity, Elegance and Comfort were the key elements of her style. Black and White these were the two colors that she always stuck to. Many of her styles and garments were inspired by Nautical themes and sailors and featured stripes. She always accessorized her outfit with large and plentiful fake pearl necklaces, ever since then Pearls have become pretty famous- elegant and chic. Pearls were her statement. She is the sole “inventor” of THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS in 1926 (the LBD- more on that a little later.) She also did Men’s Wear, she had the ability to transform the men’s wear into elegant styles yet keep them comfortable.
Few of her Iconic designs and products include of:
- The famous Chanel eau de perfum No.5
- The Little Black Dress
- Faux Pearls
- The quilted bag
- Quilted stitched ballet flats
Her focus was always the style never the Trend. She always said “A GIRL SHOULD BE TWO THINGS: CLASSY AND FABULOUS”
She was a Fierce Woman. Her Legacy still continues. She is one of those few Women who don’t need a man to save their life for them. Not just her designs but her whole life is an inspiration for every woman.
2. Alexander McQueen
Alexander McQueen was a London-based, English fashion designer who was head designer of the Louis Vuitton Givenchy fashion line, before starting his own line. He earned his master’s degree in fashion design from London’s Central Saint Martins (formerly Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design) in 1992. In 1991 his entire degree show was bought by influential stylist Isabella Blow, whose later suicide in 2007 led to him dedicating his entire spring/summer 2008 collection to her memory. The collection he produced as the culminating project of his degree was inspired by Jack the Ripper.
Only four years out of design school, McQueen was named Chief Designer of Louis Vuitton-owned Givenchy, a French haute couture fashion house (from 1996 to 2001). McQueen won British Designer of the year in 1996, 1997, and 2001, all during his time at Givenchy. In 2003, McQueen was declared International Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and A Most Excellent Commander of the British Empire by the Queen of England, and won yet another British Designer of the Year honor.
McQueen began working with theatrical costume designers Angels and Bermans. The dramatic style of clothing that he designed for them later went to be his Signature style of his independent design work.
McQueen is most known for his theatrical designs and powerful runway shows. His runway shows were always anticipated and would leave a trail on controversy afterwards. He is one of the few designers who are bold enough to present collections that shocked spectators and held qualities that other refer to as “disturbed and raw.” He has brought many elements that impacted the fashion industry with things like his bumster pants, skull print, theatrical runway shows, and extreme silhouettes.
His mixture of extreme silhouettes on theatrical catwalks truly put on a performance you would never forget. This “wow” factor in McQueen is what made him stand out and is one of the main reasons why he is so missed. You can always expect the unexpected from McQueen and that is why he is an icon. McQueen was a designer and couturier who pushed fashion’s limits to a different extreme.
McQueen died, aged 40, on February 11 2010, amid unconfirmed reports that he committed suicide.
3. Elie Saab
Elie Saab was born July 4, 1964 in Damour, a suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, into a family of Maronite Catholics. He is the oldest of five children and their father was a wood merchant. He began showing a love of design at the age of nine and taught himself to sew. He would create patterns out of newspaper and use his sisters as his models. He would look through his mother’s closet for any clothes he could use in his designs that he would showcase on his sisters.
In 1981 Saab moved to Paris to study fashion, but ended up returning, opening a workshop and launching his Beirut-based fashion label in 1982, when he was 18 years old, with a team of 15 employees. his atelier was specialized in bridal couture making wedding dresses and gowns using rich fabrics, lace, detailed embroidery, pearls, crystals and silk threads. In Beirut, his reputation grew from dressing the women in his neighbourhood, and was soon enhanced by high society women who began sporting his designs.
Elie Saab’s style is a unique fusion of western and eastern culture. He uses noble materials such as taffeta, organza, noble and satin paired with more fluid and light fabrics.
In 1997 Saab was the first non-Italian designer to become a member of the Italian Camera Nazionale della Moda, and in 1997, showed his first collection outside Lebanon in Rome. In 1998, he started ready-to-wear in Milan, and in the same year, he held a fashion show in Monaco which was attended by Princess Stéphanie of Monaco.
In 1999, Queen Rania of Jordan wore Elie Saab for her enthronement. One of his dresses—somewhat less demure, presumably, than Queen Rania’s, and thickly embroidered with emeralds and diamonds—was reportedly sold for $2.4 million.
He became an overnight success after he became the first Lebanese designer to dress an Oscar winner, Halle Berry, in 2002. Berry wore a burgundy gown by Saab to the 2002 Academy Awards when she won for Best Actress. After this night, the designer was bombarded with interviews and appeared on at least 5 TV networks. Berry later wore another dress by Saab, this time a gold dress, to the 2003 Oscars.
In May 2003, the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture invited him to become a member, and he showed his first haute couture collection in Paris in July 2003. His first ready-to-wear collection in Paris was the Spring-Summer 2006 collection, and Paris is now his permanent ready-to-wear runway.
In 2010, Saab dressed 102 international celebrities for key global events, up from 40 in 2009. The figure for 2011 up until March was 88. His creations can be found all over the world, with boutiques located in Beirut, Dubai, Doha, Paris, London, Geneva, Hong Kong, Moscow, New York, and Mexico. Elie Saab has 100 retail outlets all over the world. His designs are sold in 42 countries. In 2011, Elie Saab launched his first fragrance “Le Parfum” which became an overnight bestseller in 15 countries, including the UAE.
Saab is an established designer for royalty. At his show at Paris Fashion Week, October 2011, front row guests included Princess Beatrice and Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana of Thailand.
Royalty dressed by Saab include: Queen Rania of Jordan Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden.
Saab has dressed celebrities such as:
He is able to combine his love of his homeland with his love of the west into beautiful fashions that encompass the best of both worlds. This ability is what makes him so popular and successful.
Some of the other designers that I like are as follows:
Manish Malhotra, HSY, Karl Lagerfeld, Cavalli!!