Kate Spade was an American fashion designer, businesswoman and the former co-owner of the designer brand, 'Kate Spade New York'. In 2006, she sold her stake in the company. In 2016, she, along with her partners, started a new handbags and footwear brand, ˜Frances Valentine'. Kate Spade has come a long way since she started her career way back in the early 1990s when she worked for ˜Mademoiselle', a women's magazine. Working at the accessories department of the magazine, Spade realized the need for stylish handbags. In 1993, she started her own venture, ˜Kate Spade Handbags', along with Andy Spade, who she later married. A boutique store once, today Kate Spade Handbags (now known as Kate Spade & Company) have created a niche for itself in the global retail segment. Her products have a playful sophistication about them, which adds a dash of incandescent charm to the everyday style. Fashioned in crisp colours and graphic prints, Spade created a trademark with her visual shorthand. In her active years at the company, Spade extended its product line extensively before finally giving up the reigns. In 2016, Spade resurfaced into the retail segment with her new brand, ˜Frances Valentine', and hoped to repeat history with her new line-up. Her life was cut short when she committed a suicide in 2018.
Coco Chanel was a renowned French fashion designer who founded the fashion brand ˜Chanel'. She was the first person to see style as both, classic and casual. Chanel created timeless classics and set a high benchmark for the fashion designers to come. She was instrumental in breaking the stereotype and liberating woman from the stifling ˜corseted silhouette' and making the sporty casual chic look not only acceptable but also trendy and very fashionable. Her extraordinary fashion sense was not just limited to couture clothing but also reflected in fragrance, handbags and jewellery. She also was quite a party animal and had wide network of people with whom she socialised, built connections and did business. Chanel was ambitious, determined and hard-working lady whose effort clearly reflected in her work. She seemed more of an enigma and lied on many instances, masking her real age and place of birth. Chanel and her work can be best described in her own words ˜Fashion fades, only style remains'. This speaks volumes about what a legendary style and fashion icon she was.
When it comes to avant-garde fashion, very few designers offer absolutely modern and sophisticated style as Calvin Klein. Endowed with a tasteful sense of fashion, Calvin Klein is one of America's top fashion designers who created waves through his minimal yet classic designs. He never infused too many colours in his apparels. In fact, Klein best used neutral tones in his ensembles to give them richness and opulence. His Calvin Klein Empire which started off as a small coat company today proudly offers a wide range of products from apparels to fragrance, underwear to footwear and much more. While Klein's chic designs were a rage, it was his launch of tight-fitting jeans that augmented both the company and his status by leaps and bounds. The denim wear collection had hit bull's eye and became the talk of the town. As if this were any less, the 1980s witnessed a further boom after the launch of men's innerwear. While Klein's products received critical acclaim, his advertisements were severely criticized and created controversy for being outrageously provocative and socially irresponsible. Though the ads were eventually withdrawn, they gave the brand much needed publicity
Chiara Ferragni is an Italian blogger, fashion businesswoman, and model. She has collaborated with many leading fashion and beauty brands, including Pantene and Tod's as an influencer through her blog, ˜The Blonde Salad.' She is also known for her eponymous shoe line, ˜Chiara Ferragni Collection.' She started her blog in her early 20s and within a couple of years, she was introduced as "One of the biggest breakout street-style stars of the year" by ˜New York' magazine. With time, her blog earned considerable attention and she received several ˜blogger of the year' recognitions. She topped the list of most powerful fashion influencers of Forbes in September 2017. Her shoe line and blog became a case study at Harvard Business School. She also became the first fashion blogger to grace the cover of any Vogue issue. Such feat led her to feature on covers of more than 50 other fashion magazines. Over the years, she collaborated with high-profile brands like Chanel, Ermenegildo Zegna, Louis Vuitton, and <a title='Christian Dior' href='/famous/christian-dior.htm'>Christian Dior</a>. She has also amassed millions of followers on her Instagram account ˜chiaraferragni.'
Guccio Gucci was a famous fashion designer from Florence, Italy, and the founder of the world-renowned fashion brand ˜Gucci.' His father was a humble leather craftsman. Guccio traveled to Paris and London to make a living. There, he was greatly influenced by the sophistication and style that he saw while working as a liftboy at the ˜Savoy Hotel.' He returned to Italy and started helping his father make saddles and leather travel bags. As the demand for saddles reduced, he ventured into making various other accessories to keep his business going. He founded ˜Gucci' as a family business and successfully combined the sophistication he had witnessed abroad with the craftsmanship of Italy. His brand became famous soon, and people from all over the world came to Florence to purchase items from him. He expanded his business to Rome and involved his sons in running the company. Even after his death, the business spread its wings and ˜Gucci' became a leading brand. The overall management of the firm was transferred to his son Rodolfo and then to his grandson Maurizio. The company soon became a public limited company. Ultimately, it became a fully public company. ˜Gucci' is now regarded as one of the world's most desirable luxury brands.
Founder of one of the world's most premium luxury lifestyle brands, Thomas Jacob Hilfiger is the creative genius behind the billion dollar enterprise, the 'Tommy Hilfiger Corporation'. His label has enjoyed tremendous success for over 25 years, all over the world. He has launched men's and women's clothing lines, collection of fragrances, sportswear, home furnishings, accessories and denims. He went on to become one of the wealthiest designers in the market, catering to the needs of hip-hop artists and music industry biggies. His innovative and loud advertising campaigns went a long way in helping him establish in the fashion industry. No other American designer of his time, managed to prominently put their name and logo on clothes, like the way he did. This caught the attention of the urban youth and he soon opened up a number of stores and franchises across the world. Born in Elmira, New York, Hilfiger displayed creative abilities even as a teenager, buying jeans, remodelling them and selling them. He began his career with the opening of his store, ˜People's Place', after the success of which, he went on to pursue a career as a full-fledged fashion designer.
Fashion stylist and owner of the clothing brand Mandana Mani. She showcases her clothing on Instagram and has garnered more than 310,000 followers.
Michael Kors is a renowned American fashion designer best known for designing women's fashion wear and sportswear. Kors became famous after serving as a judge on the popular TV show, ˜Project Runway.' He owns the multinational company, ˜Michael Kors Holdings Limited.' He is also the chief creative officer of the company. The company sells clothes and fashion accessories, such as watches, footwear, and jewelry. Kors was interested in fashion and glamor, right from his childhood. His mother was a model, which got him a lot of exposure to the fashion industry. At the age of five, Kors designed the wedding dress for his mother's second marriage. In the early days of his career, Kors worked as a designer for the French fashion house, ˜Celine.' Kors played a major role in reviving the brand. Later, he started his own fashion label, ˜Michael Kors,' which became a world-wide success. The brand has exclusive stores around the world. Celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum, and Michelle Obama, have appreciated dresses designed by Kors. He married his longtime partner, Lance La Pere, after gay marriage was legalized in New York.
Donatella Versace, the younger sister of the famous designer <a title='Gianni' href='/famous/gianni-versace.htm'>Gianni</a> Versace was his adviser and inspiration while he was a budding designer. When <a title='Gianni' href='/famous/gianni-versace.htm'>Gianni</a> Versace started his own fashion company in Milan, she was right there by his side and organized many fashion shows and advertising campaigns. He awarded her with her own diffusion label, ˜Versus' which produces clothes till today. But after his murder, the ˜Versace' Empire fell upon hard times and she became creative director of the ˜Versace Group'. It was during the rebuilding process that Donatella showed her other talent - public relations. Using such celebrity friends as Madonna, Demi Moore, Elton John and others, she began to equate the ˜Versace' name with celebrity in the public eye. By doing so, she managed to turn the ˜Versace' line back into a force in the fashion industry. Another of the tactic she developed to ensure the visibility of the brand was to use well-known models for the catwalk shows which would generate press coverage. She brought a new sensibility to the house of ˜Versace'. These days, the label is more in tune with the modern woman, while retaining her brother's original ethos. She has emerged from her brother's shadow and has diversified to other fields by creating branded hotels in Australia and Dubai.
Ralph Lauren's name has been bookmarked as one of the classiest names in the world of fashion. His famous brand, ˜Polo Ralph Lauren' is currently a $10 billion dollar enterprise and continues to carve a niche in the market for casuals and semi-formal menswear and women wear. Apart from clothing and accessories, this suave entrepreneur and fashion designer is renowned for his rare collection of automobiles, some of which have been exhibited in museum displays. As a young boy, he was known to be one of the best-dressed teenagers who would splurge all his pocket money on buying luxurious suits. He then established ˜Polo Fashions', the first of his ventures with a loan. He went on to carve a place for himself in the market and despite his successes, he continued to face strong competition from already established fashion houses like Armani. However, with his ambitious personality, he caught hold of the upcoming fashion market by diverging out into women's clothing, furniture, sheets and towels. He soon established his enterprise as a public company and from then on, the fashion house's name has only been soaring. In addition to his successful business enterprise, he is an avid supporter of philanthropic activities and has founded the charitable organizations, ˜Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention' and ˜Pink Pony Fund'.
Giorgio Armani is an Italian fashion designer much renowned the world over for his elegant menswear. His popularity is especially high in the U.S where the name ˜Armani' is synonymous with style and sophistication. Armani became a designer by chance”his first career choice was to become a doctor! He enrolled in Department of Medicine at the University of Milan but dropped out to join the army. After being discharged from the army he found work as a window dresser in a departmental store, where he remained for seven years learning all that he could about fashion designing and marketing. He started designing menswear and contributed his designs to several fashion houses like Allegri, Hilton, Bagutta, Sicons, etc. He went on to form his own label, ˜Armani' which soon became one of the leading names in international fashion. The growing success of his designer clothing prompted him to expand his business to include underwear, swimwear and accessories. He has designed costumes for more than 100 films like ˜American Gigolo' and ˜The Untouchables' which established his popularity in Hollywood as well. His keen interest in sports led him to design the costumes of England national football team. As on today, he is regarded as one of the best fashion designers the world has ever seen.
Mossimo Giannulli is an American fashion designer who founded the clothing company Mossimo. He made a lot of profits and sold the company to Iconix Brand Group later on. The brand Mossimo specializes in youth clothing, particularly in stuff, such as jeans, shirts, jackets, undergarments, and accessories. With his eponymous brand, the fashion designer became quite popular all around the world. Mossimo is one of those fashion designers who have capitalized on the changing lifestyles and fashion preferences of people by providing them branded yet affordable clothes. In his personal life, the American designer is a very handsome and charming man. His youthful looks belie his age and this is the reason he is one of the favourite persons of the paparazzi. Mossimo is a devoted husband to actress Lori Loughlin and the loving father of two beautiful daughters and a son. Although he loves his fans and followers, he is not active on any social networking site as of now.
The creative power behind Chanel's multi-million dollar business enterprise, Karl Lagerfeld is widely regarded as the ˜Emperor' of the fashion world. He has reigned over numerous fashion houses and designer labels across the world including, Fendi, H&M, Diesel and Chloe. He is one of the most acclaimed fashion designers who epitomise fashion and the art of designing. This multi-faceted creative genius is a master of re-invention and has the creative ability to transform himself many a times in order to fit the needs and requirements of any label he might be working with. Addressed by the Vogue Magazine as the ˜unparalleled interpreter of the mood of the moment', Lagerfeld has proven himself to be an immensely talented and skilful designer, whose creations are always innovative. He also owns a clothing label of his own, which has gained a reputation to be one of the best labels in the world today. This man of many talents is also a talented photographer and owns a book store in Paris.
Mother of <a title='Beyonce' href='/famous/beyonce-knowles.htm'>Beyonce</a> and <a title='Solange Knowles' href='/famous/solange-knowles.htm'>Solange Knowles</a> who became known as the head designer of the House of Dereon brand.
Multi-talented clothing and accessory designer chiefly known as the brainchild behind Louis Vuitton as well as his own eponymous line.
American fashion designer known for her feminine and playful designs, many of which have been called excessively decorated.
Mere utterance of the name Tom Ford brings to mind style, flamboyance and class! One of the most prominent fashion designers of the 21st century, he is the mastermind behind turning the fate of Gucci, from being a mere dilapidated accessories brand into one of the most desirable luxury brands around the world. He brought an uncompromising style with a 21st century appeal to all his designs, which captured the fancy of his clients, who were majorly from Hollywood. Raised in New Mexico, he initially displayed a passion for acting and then went on to study architecture and art history, before making a debut as a fashion designer. In his final year as an architecture student, his love for fashion was elicited. From being a Cathy Hardwick's design assistant to becoming a prominent women's ready-to-wear designer and creative director at Gucci, he has been living his dream of bringing about a change to the world of fashion. It wouldn't be wrong to say that he changed the way the world perceived the brand and cemented his place in the fashion fraternity forever. Some of his patrons include the likes of Madonna, Trudie Styler and Bianca Jagger. An open homosexual, Ford gained international fame for his famous makeover of the Gucci fashion house and the introduction of the ˜Tom Ford' fashion label. If you would like to learn more about this stylish personality, scroll further.
Stella Nina McCartney is an English fashion designer, who runs her own brand called ˜Stella McCartney'. She operates 17 freestanding stores in various locations including Manhattan's Soho, London's Mayfair, LA's West Hollywood, Paris' Palais Royal, Barcelona's Passeig de Gracia and Milan, and recently opened in Rome and Miami. One of the most renowned fashion designers in the world, McCartney was born in a household that was already endowed with money and fame; her father Sir <a title='Paul McCartney' href='/famous/paul-mcCartney.htm'>Paul McCartney</a> is a former bassist with the famous band ˜Beatles' and her mother was a famous photographer. Even though her family was affluent, she was raised in the humble surroundings of English countryside. She was interested in designing clothes since a very young age and designed her first apparel at the age of 13. McCartney gained momentum in her fashion career when ˜Chole' selected her as its Creative Director. Thereafter, she gained commercial and critical success and started her own brand in the early 2000s. She is the kind of designer who does not only want to be famous amongst the affluent but also wants to reach to the general public, which is why she has been in collaboration with the more affordable brands like ˜H&M', ˜Adidas', etc. McCartney is a person with principles and is against the use of animal skin in fashion and is a strong supporter of PETA.
Streetwear designer best recognized as the mind behind the high fashion clothing and furniture collection Off-White and as the creative director for rap superstar Kanye West and his creative content company DONDA.
Designer known for his edgy and masculine womenswear collections. He's also served as the creative director of Balenciaga
Fashion designer recognized for her haute couture wedding gown designs and for her relationships with celebrities.
Designer and daughter of Topshop boss <a title='Philip Green' href='/famous/philip-green.htm'>Philip Green</a>. She became a cast member on the reality series Made in Chelsea.