Style 27
27 Viewpoints, 27 Styles

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Style 27
International Designers
Four Favorite Designers

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. 

xoxo, Christen Jakle
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