Tuesday, January 10, 2017


By Guest Contributor

5 Influential Designers in Fashion

Chanel Spring/Summer 2017 (Photo by Indigital / Courtesy of Vogue)

Some people are just born fashionable, with style the fabric of their creativity. Good taste seems to be an almost innate quality for some of the world’s most forward-thinking fashion designers, who create looks beyond our comprehension. We therefore thought it was time to take a look at five influential designers in fashion.

Coco Chanel

When you think of style and sophistication, there is most likely only one brand you think of: Chanel. This exquisite fashion company was founded by French fashion designer Coco Chanel, who incorporated expensive elegance with practical designs, creating timeless looks that appeal to almost anyone. She is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most influential designers in fashion, with the classic brand continuing to honour her legacy.

Coco Chanel (Gabrielle Bonheur) Photo courtesy of Un Jardin Lleno de Flores

Christian Dior

The French certainly know their fashion, that’s for sure. Christian Dior, a French designer, made waves in the fashion industry when he launched his first collection ‘New Look’, which changed the way women dressed forever following WWII, creating looks that were the epitome of femininity. The brand, now led by the talent that is John Galliano, continues to define men’s and women’s fashion, with anyone who is anyone vying to own a Dior design.

Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2017 (Photo by Indigital / Courtesy of Vogue)

Peter Marino

Vogue recently described Peter Marino as an architect and interior designer who “has made a career out of figuring out how to set the luxury experience apart.” There is no denying that Peter Marino is a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry, as he has become the go-to store architect for brands such as a Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton.

While many designers create styles aligned with their collections, Marino is responsible for altering his designs and creativity to reflect numerous luxury brands in their geographical location, which is no easy feat. This innovative interior luxury designer creates the extravagant shopping experience, and it is his designs that make you want to shop in those luxurious stores. Marino’s combination of style, art and architecture proves he is one of the most ground-breaking designers in the fast-paced fashion world.

Christian Dior Tokyo flagship store by Peter Marino (Photo courtesy of Dezeen)

Vivienne Westwood

You mustn’t be afraid to take a chance in fashion – as only the best designers are brave enough to take risks. To say Vivienne Westwood took a risk with her styles is an understatement, because her controversial looks ensured the creation of one of the most powerful brands in the industry. Instead of opting for streamlined styles, Vivienne took inspiration in punk music, creating unique pieces that are fashion-forward, contemporary and undeniably beautiful. Those who dare to be different therefore turn to Vivienne Westwood, as the brand is now the personification of the word fashionable.

Vivienne Westwood Spring/Summer 2017 (Photo by Indigital / Courtesy of Vogue)

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen was the master of tailoring, texturing and theatre. From low-slung jeans to extreme silhouettes, the British designer was never afraid to push his designs to the limits, adding drama, colour and panache to any catwalk. To say he influenced fashion would be an understatement. Like any influential designer, he broke convention when Aimee Mullins, a double amputee Paralympian, took to the catwalk wearing hand-carved wooden prosthetic legs. He wasn’t afraid to go against the norms of fashion, and make a bold statement to inspire change, applause and style.

Design by Alexander McQueen (Photo courtesy of The Met)

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