Trademark: The two or three piece suit for women; the 'LBD' little black dress; Chanel No. 5
Coco Chanel remains the reigning Queen of fashion and has been since it was founded in 1909. To this day, the luxury brand stands out in just about every category from couture to ready-to-wear, accessories, jewelery, shoes, and fragrances.
Trademark: Balancing fantasy with classicism; crafting designs from the basis of art, history and theater.
Eclectic in its purest form, Galliano has raised the standards for today's up-and-coming fashion designers with his highly defined sense of the theatrical, remarkable unashamed pieces and definitive craftsmanship unrivaled by any of his peers in the industry.
Who Wears It: Charlize Theron Dita Von Teese, Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, Natalie Portman
"Dressing up. People just don't do it anymore. We have to change that."
Trademark: 4.72 in or higher heels with red-lacquered soles.
Louboutin brought the stiletto back into fashion in the 90's and 2000's with the self-professed goal to “make a woman look sexy, beautiful, to make her legs look as long as [he] can.”
Who wears it: Princess Caroline of Monaco, Catherine Deneuve, Cher, Halle Berry, Blake Lively, Heidi Klum
"The shiny red color of the soles has no function other than to identify to the public that they are mine. I selected the color because it is engaging, flirtatious, memorable and the color of passion."
Trademark: Soft romantic designs; classic and modern, cool and wearable.
Though her father is renowned legend Paul McCartney, Stella made a name for herself in the fashion world with her innovative yet classic designs taking on influences from the 1960's mod look and turning it into something modern.
Who Wears It: Annie Lennox, Gwyneth Paltrow, Pamela Anderson, Julianne Moore, Claudia Schiffer, Liv Tyler
"I have been struggling furiously all my life to be independent."
Using basic forms and traditional methods, Franco Moschino challenged the fashion industry with his outrageous and unusual designs often mocking the high fashion classics in satirical tastefulness.
Who Wears It: Gwyneth Paltrow, Alicia Silverstone, Anna Friel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Katy Perry, Whitney Port, Milye Cyrus
“Funny clothes have to be extremely well made because that is where you find the chic. It’s easy to be funny with a T-shirt, but it’s more clever with a mink coat. After all, if caviar was cheaper it would taste much less interesting.”
Trademark: Innovative and artistic designs; distorting proportions; reconstruction and layering.
Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren are more aptly deemed for the world of art rather than fashion with their incredible sculpturesque designs that have catapulted the world of fashion into a new dimension.
Who Wears It: Jessica Alba, Lady Gaga, Rachel McAdams, Gwen Stefani, Anne Hathaway, Christina Milian, Eva Mendes
Trademark: Color, color and COLOR!; glamorized clothes from the male wardrobe redesigned for women; leather goods, shoes, cosmetics, fragrances.
By escaping the fashion industry's somewhat daunting trends, YSL still sets out to make a woman feel great at the height of elegance in designs made from simple cuts and with the clash of color schemes intended to provide confidence and unequaled originality.
Who Wears It: YSL muses Betty Catroux and Catherine Deneuve, Renee Zellweger, Julianne Moore, Chloe Sevigny
"Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it."
Trademark: Nostalgic glamor combined with unashamed sexiness; sunglasses and corrective eyewear, cosmetics, purses, and watches.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana make the duo behind the always surprising, always on edge, always risking it all fashion house which has adapted designs based on the traditional pre-feminist era clothing garnering due recognition for their extensive ready-to-wear collections.
Who Wears It: Scarlett Johansson, Naomi Watts, Olga Kurylenko, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Alba, Fergie
"It's about redesigning a point of view, ... molto sexy."
Just some of my favorite high fashion designers. xx