International fashion designers have brought about a storm in the fashion world with their amazing variety of clothes and accessories. Each designer is unique with their own set of admirable collections. The fashion industry has continuously accepted new talents and respected the old ones; whether it is vintage, ethnic or western.
Fashion is not just about looking smart, but it’s about grooming oneself and presenting a distinct personality and this has been perfectly described by both Indian and International designers around the world. The need to maintain balance between clothes, accessories, hairstyle and makeup is something most people do not realize. It has always been the effort of fashion designers to make the world realize the harmony between different aspects of dressing and necessary accessories needed. No one is perfect with great height and amazing hour glass figure, an elegant personality or a well-built physique. It is the work of fashion designers to bring out the best features in an individual and disguise the flaws with perfect dresses, matching accessories and the right grooming.
Below we are going to discuss about the top 10 international fashion designers who have contributed immensely to the glamour world with their stunning creations and extraordinary style statement.
Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent became popular in fashion circles due to his unique style of redesigning and transforming masculine clothes into beautiful, feminine wardrobe for women. He was perhaps, one of the most famous fashion designers in France and is credited with designing the men’s smoking jacket and the “ready-to-wear” fashion clothing line. He was also the first designer to introduce the “power suits” in the year 1966.
One of the most successful women fashion designers in the fashion fraternity is Donatella Versace. This extremely talented and globally renowned designer was born in Italy in 1955. A graduate from Florence University, she entered the fashion industry to help her brother Gianni. The tragic death of her brother Gianni Versace in 1997 compelled her to independently handlethe Versace label. Since then her innovativeness and creativity has given new dimensions to Versace and taken this fashion house to new heights of success. She is a successful businesswoman as well as wonderful mother of two kids. Her collection includes clothes, accessories, home furnishings and fragrances and has been endorsed by top celebrities like Madonna and Jennifer Lopez
An outstanding French fashion designer; Gabrielle “Coco” Bonheur Chanel was the founder of the world-renowned Chanel brand. Her practical designs, modern approach and innovative thoughts made her an influential figure in 20th- century fashion and she was the only designer to be included on Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century.Her influential designs brought a revolution in the fashion world and she created her own style statement with the Chanel suit for women.
A living legend and an outstanding fashion designer, Giorgio Armani is one of the most celebrated and sought after fashion designers of the industry. Mainly popular for his menswear, his clean, well-cut and well-designed suits have given a new meaning tomen’s designer wear. He is one of the most successful Italian designers with an annual turnover of $1.6 billion and a personal fortune of $7 billion as of 2012. Armani is also the first fashion designer to ban models with a Body Mass Index (BMI) under 18. He launched the Armani brand with the menswear collection in 1974 and in the following year launched the women’s wear line as well.
Christian Dior was an influential fashion designer and a man known for his creative intelligence.His style was very unique and unusual which gave him an edge over others and made his designs versatile and globally accepted. Born in January of 1905, this French designer created a “New Look” silhouette which is carried on till date.The Christian Dior brand is a name synonymous with exquisite French fashion styles. He made Paris the centre of the fashion industry and brought a revolution in women’s attires after the Second World War. The brand started off as a small fashion company and has now reached such heights in the glamour industry that it is considered as a fashion empire and employs nearly 2,000 people. Apart from being a leading fashion apparel brand,the brand Christian Dior is widely appreciated for its exotic and versatile products like designer handbags, perfumes, sunglasses etc.
The Italian-born Frenchman considered as one of the most successful and famous designers of France is more popular for his avant-garde style and space age designs. Pierre Cardin was a versatile designer and was the first designer to turn to Japan’s high fashion market when he traveled there in 1959. He was extremely successful in his haute couture venture and then ventured into other markets which included his contract with the American Motors to design the interiors of the cars in the years 1972 and 1973. Cardin also purchased Maxim’s restaurants in 1981 and opened branches in New York, London, and Beijing. His brand which started with the Haute Couture collection has excelled further and entered other sectors as well including collections in fragrance, luggage, baby care, kids wear, watches, footwear and hats. Though his unisex fashion was characterized as experimental and impractical; Pierre Cardin has a long list of patrons all over the world.
An extremely talented and creative designer, Ralph Lauren was born in New York in 1939. Though belonging to a Jewish middle-class family, he was always attracted by expensive and quality products that could give the perfect chic look. He started designing ties for A. Rivetz & Co, and got the idea of launching his own brand in 1968 by the name of ‘Polo Fashions’. Today, Polo label, the famous short sleeve shirt with the Polo emblem is the most talked about brand that showcases style, passion and class. Ralph Lauren is a name associated with a large collection of products including shirts, jeans, shoes,perfume, handbag,sunglasses, etc.
Popularly known as “Calvin the Conqueror;” Calvin Klein is also considered the biggest business rival of Ralph Lauren. Born in 1942 in New York, Klein with his lean good looks and amazing charisma had been listed in the Time’s as one of the ’25 Most Influential People in America’. He started off with a humble beginning in the industry and slowly created a name for himself with fresh and modest designs.
His collection includes everything from kids clothing, jeans,underwear, sleepwear, swimwear, hosiery items, watches, fragrance to eye wear and home linesetc. Klein has achieved immense fame and popularity in his career with celebrities such as Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow and Helen Hunt as his clients.
Donna Karan was associated with the fashion world in a number of ways since she came from a family that was related to fashion and the modeling world. Her mother was a model and her father a tailor and she herself worked as the head designer for Anne Klein design team. During this time she launched the Essentials line, and her legendary “Seven Easy Pieces.” In 1970, she married Mark Karan and in 1985 she established her own company by the name DKNY (Donna Karan New York).
Tom Fordis considered one of the most famous designers today who was also the creative director for both Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci. He was born in Texas and wanted to be an actor and even took a formal training in acting. His popularity reached the peaks when he turned the Gucci fashion house from near bankruptcy to a $10 billion company and also received the Best International Designer Award in the year 2000. He is considered an extremely glamorous fashion designer whose designs involve revolutionary velvet hipsters, satin shirts and metallic boots. He parted ways with Gucci after a struggle for artistic control and then made a flawless transition into movie directing. Fortunately, this man with the Midas touch made his mark here as well as he received recognition for his first film that got Academy Award nominations.