It is a very rare occasion that designers become an icon in the fashion industry. It undoubtedly takes passion, skill, talent, and of course, the right connections to make a name for yourself. Every now and then there comes a promising designer that is sure to make a dent in the industry. The question is, do they really make an impact in design history? The following is a list of designers that have made their name synonymous to the change that they brought to the dynamic world of fashion. While the names Armani and Valentino are missing, this list focuses on those that have introduced visionary ideas not only in the industry but also changed the way it is perceived by the public.
Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg was once married to a prince of German descent. This Belgian-American designer wanted to be recognized not for her ties to royalty but for a career that would surpass her title. In 1970, she invested $30,000 in designing clothes. She launched a new style of dresses- her most prominent design- the jersey wrap dress. With its iconic prints and colorful designs, the wrap dress is a testament to her talent that launched her career that garnered her lifetime recognitions.
Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent is credited to have launched the tuxedo into women’s closets. Otherwise known as le smoking, the women’s version of the men’s classic possesses the same sophistication but undoubtedly exudes more sensuality. He was revolutionized the fashion industry by making ready-to-wear garments reputable. He was also the first designer to use ethnic models as well as non-European culture in his collections. He worked under Christian Dior, eventually earning the respect of the designer. He inherited The House of Dior from the designer at the age of 21.
Vivienne Westwood is a British fashion designer, as well as a political activist, and businesswoman. Her involvement in politics and pop culture gave her cultural authority and this gave birth to a fashion revolution. She was able to bring modern punk and new wave into mainstream fashion. In more recent events, she was a guest judge in two of America’s most popular fashion reality television shows- Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model. Her designs were also featured in the 2008 film adaptation of the HBO series Sex and the City.
This postwar designer’s claim to fame was the introduction of the “New Look” silhouette. His skill and mastery in lines and shapes introduced a new silhouette to women after the Second World War. This shape gave women a “flower silhouette”- a nipped waist, a voluminous full skirt, and a corseted top. His suits and dresses were often padded to balance the bust and accentuate a wasp-like waist.
Calvin Klein brought a minimalist and sensual face to American fashion. His underwear collection is a dedication to clean lines and sharp cuts that accentuate both the body and sensuality. His jeans, cut so slim that it glides across the legs of the wearer, gave a modern look to the decade-old fashion staple. His fashion house’s marketability is based largely on provocative images that shocked the conservatives of American society. The distinctive cut of his jeans are more commonly known today as “skinny jeans.”
Ralph Lauren redefined the clothing choices of America. He took inspiration from elite prep school students and transformed their uniforms into something wearable everyday. He charmed his way into closets by making his collection exude a relaxed American lifestyle without foregoing taste and class. In a way, he made dress codes in prep schools appreciated and introduced “preppy clothing” into mainstream fashion.
Carolina Herrera gave the industry a facelift by demonstrating that beauty and class go beyond surface level. She is a goodwill ambassador for The Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro?Ã¯Â¿Â½AÃ¯Â¿Â½A?algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition. She is also a recipient of The International Center in New York’s Award of Excellence, Spain’s Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts, and the Gold Medal of the Queen Sof?Ã¯Â¿Â½a Spanish Institute. She won the “Womenswear Designer of the Year” in 2004 and the “Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2008 from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Moreover, she received the distinguished “Mercedes-Benz Presents” title for the season spring/summer 2011 collection. Apart from the awards that decorate her name, her genuine heart has won the admiration of many in the industry. Poised with grace and class, her presence in the industry proves that you do not have to step on other people’s dreams and toes to become successful.
Coco Chanel embodied the true essence of power only a rags-to-riches story could conjure. Raised in an orphanage by nuns, she was taught to sew at an early …
What you have to remember about the latest in trendy fashion gear is: that all new designs shipped over in bulk from the country of manufacture, is that, not once were you ever given any consideration i.e. in the designer’s thoughts when their creations were being pieced together. This therefore tells you – not to expect to stand out in a crowd because, everyone else will be wearing the exact same garments as you, and it is because of this – that the latest fashion in trendy gear gives off a false identity for the wearer.
How can a designer you have never met dress a stranger without an introduction and get it right. For example: Will the pleasantly plump Bessie Bunter look alike, look as voluptuous in an outfit designed for the more petite curved figure like that of Lara Croft. So there you have it – the real reason behind the meaning of the word Fashion freaks.
Fashion freaks are not responsible for bearing a title as such – it is the designers that need sending to a correction centre for getting it wrong. Walking oddities dressed to the nines in the latest fashion trendy gear will always look out of fashion, all because they were trying to keep up with it.
Fashion is one of the most common instigators behind why so many people run up huge debts on their credit cards leaving them in a financial dilemma all because they tried to meet with the criteria sewn on the designer label saying “Pay me the extortionate price I ask”. What is the point in paying for a new dress or handbag that you can ill afford – only to find that your bank balance is zilch – therefore leaving you with no money to go out and party in your trendy gear?
Why not personalize your own style to blend in with what is the latest in trendy fashion gear at a price you can afford. What many people fail to see is one of the most important factors behind fresh fashion – and that is colour. Colour is most definitely the whole entity surrounding new season designs.
Now that you know shade of colour is a main contributor to trendy fashion gear, then all you need to do is – act on it. Find out what colour is promised in the next seasonal design collection .Once you have done this – then go along to a charity shop and purchase an outfit in that particular shade or colour. Do not fret if there are no items of clothing in that particular tone, because – for instance: if the colour in fashion is lilac and the dress you like is in black – then dress up the outfit so as to speak. This can be done by wearing a lilac scarf – lilac belt or lilac shoes and matching handbag.
Jewelry is a fabulous way of complimenting any outfit i.e. lilac bangles, beads, and ankle and wrist ribbons. Remember this is all down to personal preference, so no matter what – you are going to love the end result because you are no stranger to yourself and know what you like.
A dress of plain design is easier to compliment and add extras too. Consider a new hairstyle and decorate accordingly with lilac buds ribbons etc. Cosmetics also come in various shades and colour, so you can mix and match your lipstick and eye shadow.
For what you would pay for designer gear will get you several items of clothing from the charity shop, and not only will you save money you will also be helping those less fortunate through the charities sponsored by the store.…