xx Favorite Fashion Designers xx
8.9 01. Coco Chanel
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.
Who Wears It: Catherine Deneuve, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Vanessa Paradis, Kirsten Dunst
"It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure."
7.1 02. John Galliano
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."
8.7 03. Alexander McQueen
Trademark: The juxtaposition between contrasting elements.
With his heterodox approach to the fashion world, McQueen brought a theatrical element to the catwalk developing a reputation for controversy and shock factors.
Who Wears It: Nicole Kidman, Paris Hilton, Cate Blanchett, Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lucy Liu
"I want to be the purveyor of a certain silhouette or a way of cutting, so that when I'm dead and gone, people will know that the twenty-first century was started by Alexander McQueen."
9 04. Christian Louboutin
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."
7.2 05. Marc Jacobs
Trademark: Accessories that include handbags, sun glasses, wallets, watches, jewelry and perfume.
Inadvertently taking from the past eras in fashion, Jacobs combines sensuous fabrics with unconventional separates for women and an edgy but classy look for men.
Who Wears It: Winona Ryder, Uma Thurman, the Olsen twins, Drew Barrymore, Sophia Coppola, Scarlett Johansson, Maggie Gyllenhall
"I love to take things that are everyday and comforting and make them into the most luxurious things in the world."
8 06. Zac Posen
Trademark: Draped, anatomically seamed construction; sweeping evening dresses, fishtail mermaid gowns, bias-cut cocktail dresses.
With his strong, feminine aesthetic, Posen's collections include a versatility for even the busiest woman on the go.
Who Wears It: Claire Danes, Liv Tyler, Julianne Moore, Rihanna, Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Mischa Barton
“When you do femininity and it is a bit hard, then it is a bit '80s.”
7 07. Betsey Johnson
Trademark: Over the top and whimsical designs.
Johnson's quirkiness and youthful spirit have propelled her company into the high fashion world with a combination of influences that include her early days as a dancer.
Who Wears It: Madonna, Courtney Love, Cher, Lil’ Kim, Steven Tyler, Lenny Kravitz, Prince, Salma Hayek, Helena Bonham Carter, Julie Christie, Brigitte Bardot, Twiggy, Jackie Kennedy
"Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves and, of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys they’d just walk around naked at all times."
7 08. Stella McCartney
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."
9.6 09. Elie Saab
Trademark: Elegant designs; rich fabrics, lace, detailed embroidery, pearls, crystals, silk threads.
Glamorous, sophisticated and romantic, Saab creates designs to fit the curves of a woman using luxurious fabrics, exquisite detail and hand embroidery.
Who Wears It: Halle Berry, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Marcia Cross, Marion Cotillard, Queen Rania of Jordan, Marion Cotillard
"I don't like women who take risks. Because for me, the more important thing for a woman is that she respects her femininity and her image."
6.2 010. Vera Wang
Trademark: Ethereal gowns; wedding and evening wear; eyewear, furs, lingerie, shoes, jewelery, fragrances, table ware, paper products.
Feminine designs constructed from the finest fabrics such as silk lace and duchesses satin has made Vera Wang's name synonymous with traditional Paris couture.
Who Wears It: Uma Thurman, Sharon Stone, Sarah Jessica Parker, Charlize Theron, Mariah Carey, Cate Blanchett, Goldie Hawn
"All those years of skating and dancing have carried over. I can't design anything without thinking of how a woman's body will look and move when she's wearing it."
6.4 011. Vivienne Westwood
Trademark: Intentionally twisted seams; intentionally badly cut clothes; deliberate contradictions of color.
Known as the 'Queen of Punk', Westwood has set out to defy convention with her revolutionary and controversial pieces which are both original and expressive.
Who Wears It: Olivia Wilde, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick, Kerry Washington, Gwen Stefani, Eva Mendes
"We based the look on rock 'n roll right from the beginning."
8 012. Moschino
Trademark: "classico con twist"
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.”
8 013. Viktor And Rolf
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
"For us, fashion is an antidote to reality."
10 014. Nina Ricci
9.2 015. Yves Saint-Laurent
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."
8.2 016. Givenchy
Trademark: Elegant gowns; classy statements; sophisticated contemporary designs.
With clientele such as Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie O, Lauren Bacall and Greta Garbo the name Givenchy speaks for itself dressing only the lady-like and most elegant.
Who Wears It: Kate Moss, Liv Tyler, Joely Richardson, Madonna, Penelope Cruz, Sharon Stone, Scarlett Johansson
"Hair style is the final tip-off whether or not a woman really knows herself."
6 017. Louis Vuitton
Trademark: The eponymous LV initials; luxury trunks and leather goods, ready-to-wear, shoes, watches, jewelery, accessories, sunglasses, and books.
Though famous for its handbags, LV applies its extensive creativity to other areas in the fashion industry indubitably becoming one of the most valuable brands in the world.
Who Wears It: Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Kirsten Dunst, Camilla Belle, Rachel McAdams
"The question for the future is how to understand and accept the new textile balance ... Painting was declared dead the day photography was invented in 1839 — but we know now that it was not."
9.6 018. Christian Dior
Trademark: Extravagant elegance.
Dior's designs are meant to convey femininity focusing on the silhouette of a woman's body with an emphasized bust, constricted waist and a long, wide skirt.
Who Wears It: Charlize Theron, Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Drew Barrymore, Sarah Jessica Parker
"Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest."
8.5 019. Dolce And Gabbana
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."
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