Do you follow the latest fashion closely? Even if you are less fashion-conscious, the names below will probably be familiar to you. These designers lead a much-discussed jet set life!
While it was widely known that Alexander McQueen was suffering from severe depression, his fans – and family – were shocked when his suicide was made public. McQueen only turned 40 years old. The fashion world experiences his death as a significant loss. Alexander McQueen combined specific British tailoring with refined French haute couture and an impeccable – typically Italian – finish.
A large number of international fashion houses adorn his CV. With distinct creations, McQueen gave a glimpse into his interests and hobbies. A passionate deep-sea diver, he has designed several marine fauna-inspired creations. In 2000 he surprised everyone with his ‘bumster’; a pair of jeans that show the butt crack.
2.Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana
The brand name ‘Dolce & Gabbana – or ‘D&G’ – probably tells you more than the designer duo’s full names. ‘Dolce & Gabbana symbolizes the more expensive line, ‘D&G’ is the cheaper version. This approach is evidence of a business approach! In 2013 it became clear that the duo should have hired a good lawyer; Messrs – Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana – were sentenced to 20 months suspended imprisonment for tax evasion.
Just before that, they were already fined no less than 343 million. Then, think that the clothing brand ‘Dolce & Gabbana was once mentioned in the same breath with top brands such as Louis Vuitton, Viktor & Rolf, Versace, and Gucci.
Valentino Garavani is better known as Valentino. In 1949 he left for France to devote himself entirely to the profession of a couturier. He took lessons here at the world-famous ‘École des Beaux Arts’ and then at the ‘Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne’. Ten years later, Valentino returned to Rome. He wanted to make a name for himself here as a designer. He soon moved his studio to Via Condotti. Here the many celebrities – who visited Rome – knew where to find him.
Valentino has been an important name in the fashion world since the 1960s. He can count many stars among his clientele. Queen Máxima is also a fan; for example, she wore a wedding dress from Valentino.
4.Yves Saint Laurent
At the age of 17, Yves Saint Laurent joined the Christian Dior fashion house. Four years later – after Dior’s death in 1957 – he was put in charge here. At that time, the fashion house was in dire straits. Fortunately, the innovative designs of Yves Saint Laurent changed this; fashion house Dior counted again. Then Saint Laurent was drafted into the French army. He was admitted to a psychiatric hospital after 20 days due to a nervous breakdown.
This cost him the lead at Dior. Under the name ‘YSL’ he started his own fashion house together with Pierre Bergé. He decorated many a red carpet flanked by stars such as Loulou de la Falaise and Catherine Deneuve during that period. He sold his empire in the early 1990s.
Christian Dior discovered his love for architecture while studying Political Science. In his spare time, he also liked to sketch clothes. It is not known precisely how these designs ended up at the couture houses. His creations were trendy! For example, Dior was appointed designer at Robert Piguet in 1938. After a stopover at Lucien Lelong, he started his own fashion house in 1946. He was helped in financing this by textile tycoon Marcel Boussac.
In 1947 Dior shook up the fashion world; his flared skirts with extremely narrow waists were enormously progressive. In addition to haute couture, Christian Dior also designed jewellery. Unfortunately, he has not been able to utilize his talents fully; he died unexpectedly in 1957.
Ralph Lauren’s success story is an excellent example of ‘the American dream’. This American fashion designer – born Ralph Lifshitz – is the big man behind the ‘Polo by Ralph Lauren’ brand. Incidentally, it seemed that it would be ‘Tie by Ralph Lauren’! During his economics studies, he worked for a tie manufacturer. The boring ties inspired him to design his line. In 1967 the ambitious Lifshitz opened its first tie shop.
A complete men’s and women’s collection soon followed. This extremely commercial fashion designer realized that fashion is ‘only’ part of a lifestyle. He soon also brought paint, furniture, and other interior items onto the market through the ‘Polo by Ralph Lauren Corporation’.
In 2014, his assets were estimated at $ 7.5 billion.
Donatella Versace has proven that as a ‘muse of,’ you can grow into a world-famous fashion designer. While her brother – Gianni Versace – initially enjoyed international fame as a fashion designer, she took over that role after his death. By the way, she had already gained some experience within the fashion world at the time. In the early 90’s Donatella Versace started designing accessories.
Then she presented her first children’s clothing line under the label ‘Versace young’. In 1997 she took over the duties of her murdered brother. Just three months after his death, Donatella introduced a ‘ready-to-wear collection’. With the excellent spring collection of 1998 – her solo debut – she showed fantastic qualities!
In 1968 Calvin Richard Klein – together with childhood friend Barry Schwartz – founded his clothing company ‘Calvin Klein Inc..’ Before this, he trained at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Almost everyone associates the name ‘Calvin Klein’ with underwear. In the 1980s, he scored a lot of success with this.
Not least because of the sensational advertisements! For this campaign, Klein managed to attract Christy Turlington, Kate Moss, and Mark Wahlberg. Incidentally, he also made good money from the sale of his jeans. In 2014, Calvin Klein was enjoying his carefully built pension in a rural villa on Long Island.
Coco Chanel is seen as a pioneer in fashion. It was she who dared to dress women in sweaters and pleated skirts with a dropped waist. To complete this style, she decorated the hair with headbands and cloche hats. In 1918 Coco Chanel managed to acquire a building at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris. Three years later, she opened her first fashion boutique here.
In 1927 Chanel owned no less than five buildings on this beautiful street! At least as startling as her creations were her statements. How about: “Being elegant is not a matter of putting on a new dress. You are elegant because you are elegant”. With the presentation of ‘the little black dress’, Coco Chanel reinforced this statement.
A touch of ‘Chanel No.5’ should not be missing with this outfit!
Giorgio Armani is considered the most successful Italian designer. Armani currently owns more than 300 offices in 61 cities and 25 countries. Only in the continent of Africa is Armani not represented. The forecast is that about 40 more branches will be added in the next two years. His empire is designed according to the aim of designing timeless, elegant fashion. To this, Armani counts men, women, and children.
He distinguishes various styles within these main lines. The whole is complemented with accessories such as glasses, watches, jewelry, and perfumes. You can see his logo – the stylized eagle – on all items. Then to think that Giorgio Armani once started a medical study!