Rachel Zoe seems to be on top of the Stylist chain for many reasons. She worked her way up to having many things going for her. From being an A-list client roster, to having the Bravo reality show, multiple designing and fashion consulting deals and a best-selling book, this all makes Zoe one of the most powerful stylist in Hollywood, but also in general.
Kate is a stylist based out of New York City And is responsible for many acclaimed looks, One of which are Natalie Portman,(amongst other celebrities) whose style is basically always impeccable. She also styled Portman in maternity chic when she was pregnant for the red carpet. Runway designers Viktor & Rolf, Rodarte and Azzaro all created custom styles for the Oscar winner. Young, who started her career at Vogue, is also the only stylist to have been signed with the Creative Artists Agency, which has landed her jobs with Macy’s, Dom Perignon, etc.
Q the stylist:
Katie is a San Francisco based stylist that seems to get a lot of rave. She is an extremely personable stylist that gets to the core of what people want and need in their wardrobe. She does a good job of cleaning house and helping people realize what should really be in their styling life versus what does not work. She was brought up in Chicago, but know S F is her home. She as a little girl always dreamt of doing styling and now her dream has come to fruition. She also won Best Stylist in SF for the third annual San Francisco Fashion Award. Q the stylist is on the up and coming!
Marc by Marc Jacobs has to be one of my most desired contemporary wear lines. The casual quirkiness is what I love the most, but many other aspects need to mentioned of Marc Jacobs’s success with this line. The casual look is created with comfortable, but luxurious fabrics. Many pieces are basics being touched with a print or unexpected fabric. And one of the most common scene items of the designer, from both the brand Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs, is the bags. Coming in several colors, shapes and varying straps; Marc Jacobs has created a whole empire, in my eyes, with such functional and fashionable bags.
American Apparel is another, odd brand. But I am absolutely in love! There are so many basics in a variety of colors. The casual, dance inspired line has a great focus on its customer base, understanding the fabric needs to be worn. The one part that American Apparel has that many don’t is its American based company. Manufacturing is executed in the states. This aspect says a lot about the company. It isn’t just about making a profit; it is making a difference.
Shakuhachi is a smaller line, but should be noticed. The website is sleek and practical. It has an edgy street look meets the sweet flower-girl look going on with fabrics and patterns I have not seen anywhere. My favorite part of the line, however, is the swimsuits. They have this crazy, gorgeous edgy look, keeping a strong feminine power. A bit 60s and 50s inspired, they cover more than your usual bikinis, but yet the models look beyond sexy. The cuts have such a good balance with the bare skin. I know I’ve said it before but, I’m just in love!
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U.K. Designer: Alexander McQueen (1969-2010)
McQueen’s first line self-titled “Alexander Mcqueen” was founded in 1992 and quickly developed a reputation for the controversy and shock value in his designs thus earning the title “Hooligan of Fashion”. Known for his eye for unconventional fashion, he’s trademark his aesthetic heavily with collections inspired by the idea of a Shipwreck in 2003, and in 2005 a Human Chess game. He is also known for being one of the first to use Indian models in London. McQueen has also won a few awards over the years like British Fashion Designer of the Year and Commander of the Order of the British Empire. His “odd” since of style has caught the eyes of many as well being asked to do project for people like Target, directing for Icelandic singer Bjork and many more.
Italian Designer(s): Missoni
Two years after getting engaged in 1951, Octavio and Rosita Missoni began with doing a knitwear workshop. They’re known for branching out into other ventures like luxury goods aside from collections themselves. A lot of the work Missoni has done over the years has been influenced by the work done within family business i.e having roots in furnishing production collaborating with Rosita’s family firm in 1981. Staying true to their roots, they’ve made a prominent career for themselves in Knitwear design while integrated different patterns.
U.S. Designer: Alexander Wang
Mister wang, a San Francisco bay area native, started with taking summer class at OTIS (a school in southern California). At the age of 18, he relocated to the big apple to attend Parsons School of Design making a name for himself by doing many interships. Despite dropping out during his sophomore year, Wang had already begun production of his first collection launched in 05, consisting predominately of knits. Over the years he’s built a name for himself being a young designer in the gritty world of fashion by winning many awards, like Winner of Swarovski womenswear design, & the Swiss Textile award.
French Designer: LANVIN
Jeanne-Marie Lanvin is one of my FAVORITE designers brought to my attention by my French teacher in high school (the irony, right?) This woman knows how to effectively make use of intricate trimmings and beaded decorations which later became her trademark. She passed away in 1946 passing on her legacy to her daughter, Marguerite di Pietro. She got her start by designing for her daughter, catching the eyes of man thus building a clientel from people asking for copies of her children’s clothing. She then went on to make clothes for mothers and building her empire, later branching into menswear. She started with a name for making collections that appealed to the Mother-daughter appearance.
Ghesquiere is an innovative designer who pushes the envelope. He does not play it safe by any mean necessary; he makes a clear statement, which is projected, through his work. He has a way of perfecting a women’s beauty through his unpredictable designs. A lot of designers have the tendency to revert back to the past for inspiration, whereas Ghesquiere looks to the future for inspiration. I feel like he did Cristobal Balenciaga justice, I’m almost certain that even from the grave he is pleased with how well Nicolas is doing.
Nicolas’ home country influenced him because growing up he had a very fashion forward mother who enjoyed fashion. Some activities he took part in as a child also influenced some of his ideas for collections. He took part in horse riding, fencing, and swimming. He designed a scuba mini dress and had an equestrian inspired Fall/Winter 2006 Ready-To-Wear collection. Ghesquiere started out at Balenciaga in 1995 as a licensed product director; by 1997 he was promoted as the labels new creative director. Nicolas made Balenciaga a global brand through image, accessories, and lower-priced lines like knits and trousers.
Valentino’s overall aesthetic is elegant and sophisticated. The classic gowns that he designs are usually worn to red carpet events or balls/galas, really any special occasion. I was reading an article on Valentino and they compared his style of dresses to that of ancient Greek and ancient roman sculptures because of how dramatic his pieces can appear. He produces some of the most amazing gowns for many A-list people such as; Elizabeth Taylor and Jacqueline Kennedy just to name a couple.
Valentino’s country influenced him because in Italy so many beautiful women growing up surrounded him. All Valentino ever wanted was to dress the world’s most beautiful & famous women. In 1962 Valentino showed a couture collection at a show in Florence for the first time; this was what he needed because shortly after he became the “go-to” guy for dressing glitterati. In 1967 he was awarded the Neiman Marcus award for his ‘no-colour collection’. Valentino became a global brand because of the ready-to-wear garments, accessories, and the haute couture outfits.
Thomas’s initial aim was mainly for outdoor attire, which is why Burberry is mostly famous for their trench coats. He expanded his line to cater to women, men, toddlers, and babies. Burberry is a very casual brand, which consists of four sides to it, which are Burberry Prorsum, which consists of runway clothes. Burberry London, which consists of ‘work wear’ items. Burberry Britt, which consists of casual weekend wear. & Burberry Sport, which is the sports brand that includes skiwear and other sports goods.
As a country draper, Burberry was inspired by metropolitan ideas of fashionable dress, but drew upon local examples of work clothing to bring his ideas to life. Burberry made his own fabric that was waterproof, breathable, rip-resistant, and crease-proof; which he called ‘gabardine cloth’. Burberry has become a global brand because it is not only forwarded to men, women, and children they also offer clothing, fragrances, accessories, and products for the home.
Tom Ford’s overall aesthetic for men’s clothing looks to me to be a very tailored suit with a contemporary/urban look. This look works for many men today because you can dress the suits up for work or down for a social event. It has more than one dimension to it, it is really versatile and he has eye-popping color choices. It looks to me his aesthetic for his women’ s line is chic with a bit of an edge. I think this edginess gives it the “wow factor” for me because it’s not just pretty dresses, skirts, & blouses there are pieces such as leather motorcycle jackets that can be interchangeable.
Tom Ford was not influenced by American fashion at all. He did an interview with the New York Times and commented saying "If I was ever going to become a good designer, I had to leave America. My own culture was inhibiting me. Too much style in America is tacky. It’s looked down upon to be too stylish. Europeans, however, appreciates style." Ford became the creative director for both Gucci, and YSL bringing new innovative ideas to the companies. Tom Ford became a global brand by launching his men and women’s line, his cosmetic line, and accessories.
YVES SAINT LAURENT
Yves was noticed from an early age to have an eye for high fashion. He was enrolled in a design school in France where his sketches were noticed quickly. He, then though networking, met Christian Dior. He grants a lot of his influence to him, and his aesthetic certainly flourished after his time with Dior. What led to his success was when he actually was asked to leave Dior, and began his own design company, YSL. He was unsure how it would go at first, but he was an instant success with his tailored business, tuxedo suit for women, or the beatnik look. He created a full ready to wear collection. He was also noticed for being the first designer who used ethnic models for his show, also representing other countries than just France. He was the first living designer to have a solo show in the Metropolitan museum of Art in NYC, and sadly died of brain cancer in 2008. All in all, Yves Saint Laurent was one of the most influential designers ever to live.
Alexander McQueen knew that he intended to be a fashion designer. He would make dresses for his younger sisters, and eventually went on to attend Savile Row where he learned to tailor impeccably. Prince Charles was one of his clients during his time at Savile Row. He then got his Master’s in fashion design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. He quickly went on to create his theatrical and emotion evoking lines, which when he met Katy England, she became his right hand woman/creative director. He was immediately sought out by creative types like singer/songwriter Bjork from Iceland, who was enthralled by his work so much that his used a lot of his dresses for music videos and even had him direct one for her. He also did work for Givenchy. He did however gain a lot of contreversy and shock until people were able to understand the drama and emotional rawness that Alexander McQueen exuded through his work. People now find his work to be a visual masterpiece, and he got a solo show in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, after his tragic death in 2010. Sarah Burton is now his creative director. Alexander McQueen was by far one of the most innovative designers that ever lived.
Valentino knew he wanted to be a designer at an early age and moved to Paris to study at Ecole de Beaux-Arts. He apprenticed for Jean Desses and sketched like mad before returning to Rome, Italy to begin his own work with the help of his father. He showed his first Coutre collection in Pitti Palaca in Florence, Italy and received critical acclaim. He was then seen as the “go to” designer for glitterati. He had established himself as a top Italian designer in Haute Coutre, and after receiving an award from Neiman Marcus, He labeled himself then as ‘V’ as a trademark. Jackie Onasis was a huge fan and customer of Valentino. He opened ready to wear shops in Milan, Rome and New York City where he continued networking and dressing celebrities and such. His elegant gowns were seen all over the red carpet, and he was embraced by people such as Diana Freeland and Andy Warhol. He even had created his own academy in Rome. It is undeniable that Valentino has a way with elegance. He retired in 2008.
Marc Jacobs was born and raised in NYC and knew he wanted to be a designer from an early age. He attended the High School of art and Design, to quickly then attend Parsons. While at Parsons, he workd at an avant-garde clothing shop, where he was able to sell his first knit-wear line. He also received awards while at Parsons as well. In 1986, he launched his first collection, and was then was the youngest designer to ever receive, “New Fashion Talent” award by Perry Ellis. He then created his first full mens wear line in 1994, which caught the eye of Louis Vuitton in 1997, and has remained the creative director there,creating ready to wear collections. Many celebrities seek him out, especially males for his mens wear collections. Jacob is more influenced by era’s than particular places or things. He has also been criticized by other designers as being a copyist, but he himself has admitted that he is not trying to seem as if everything is coming from a place of originality. Overall, his work is stimulating and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Missoni- Influenced as much by medieval tapestry as Sonia Delaunay’s Art Deco stylings. Missoni’s fashion design offers an amazing combination of colors and geometrical patterns that have become the most recognizable trademark of the Italian fashion house. Slowly success and recognition started to trickle in, and in 1967 Missoni participated in the renowned fashion show in Palazzo Pitti, Florence with a collection that anticipated the “nude look”, a style not yet understood or accepted, so the Fashion House received negative critiques by the organizers of the show and were not invited back the next year. This got everyone talking about Missoni, and led them to be one of the most well known Italian brands.
Chanel- Coco Chanel’s designs were inspired by men. Simply mentioning French fashion the mind creates an atmosphere of glamour, luxury and exclusive perfume. This is exactly what Chanel’s brand does also, making her brand as French as can be. At the height of the Belle Epoque, she stripped women of their corsets and feathers, bobbed their hair, put them in bathing suits and sent them out to get tanned in the sun. This is how Coco Chanel’s fame started.
Burberry- Some looks include the punk look inspired through punk music with plaid kilts, chains, safety pins, combat boots, the more elegant tweed horseback riding outfit, jodhpurs, shirt, vest, jacket and riding boots. Other looks like tailored suit from London’s Saville Row for men or the ubiquitous trench-coat, umbrella and rain boots, made popular by Burberry due to the constant rainy weather in England. Burberry earned its success by simple marketing and branding itself.
Marc Jacobs- Jacobs’ most fruitful source of inspiration is still the crowd of cool girls that surround him (including the stylist Venetia Scott, director Sofia Coppola and numerous art-house actresses). Proved his talent for perfectly combining different styles. Even today, his aesthetic is defined by the combination of the apparently uncombinable. Opposites are his trademark. Also after high school Marc Jacobs attended and graduated from Parson School of Design.
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Jean Paul Gaultier was born in France in 1952. Not into sports or any of the usual childhood pleasures, he was a prodigy when it came to fashion design. Young Gaultier designed a collection of clothing for his mother and grandmother at age 13. At age 15 he invented a coat with bookbag closures. When he reached the age of 17, he sent his design sketches to Paris designer Pierre Cardin. Cardin appreciated his talents enough to hire the young man as design assistant. Gaultier worked for Cardin for two years. He then spent a year designing for jaques esterel before joining the House of Patou in Paris, working with designers Angelo Tarlazzi and Michael Goma for three years.
dolce and gabbana: Stefano Gabbana was born on 14 November 1962, in Venice, Italy. Domencio Dolce was born on 13 September 1958, in a small village in Sicily. Dolce studied fashion design in Sicily and gained experience in his parents businesses. Gabbana, however, studied graphic design and gained some work experience in fashion, as an assistant in an atelier in Milan, where the pair first met in 1980.By 1982, they had started their first fashion consulting studio and, in 1985, they showed their first women’s collection in Milan, winning national acclaim.
Alexander McQueen was born on 17 March 1969 in London.Lee McQueen grew up in council house in East London. By the time he was sixteen, McQueen had decided to devote himself entirely to fashion. He dropped out of school and took an apprenticeship at the Savile Row tailors Anderson and Shepherd. This experience gave him the opportunity to sharpen his technical skills and tailoring, for which he later became famous.
VERA WANG: Vera was raised on Manhattan’s Upper East Side by her mother, Florence Wu, a UN translator, and her father, Cheng Ching Wang, an oil and pharmaceutical tycoon.She was a competitive ice skater until the age of 20. Vera studied Theatre at Sarah Lawrence College, but switched to Art History when she realized that an Asian woman, in the early 1970s, was unlikely to be successful as an actress.She was an editor at Vogue for seventeen years and Ralph Lauren design director for two years, despite having no formal design training.- ALYSIA PRADO