The following Designers, organized alphabetically, have been listed below for their focus on developing new design elements.
The duo of Aleksandras Pogrebnojus and Vida Simanaviciute can be regarded as pioneers of intellectual fashion in the history of Lithuanian fashion. Two creative personalities that incidentally got together in 1993 became a mutually inspiring partners working under the name of A&V. This creative partnership is known for its eccentric character, distinct personal style and unconventional lifestyle.
An upscale fashion designer, model, and stylist from Poland. Classic taste with a new style.
Aitor is fascinated with anatomy and his main interest is drawing. His hand drawn characters become the primary tool in the exploration of his ‘justified design philosophy’, which highlights the necessity of a reason or function behind all design features. Aitor’s design process is centered around innovative methods of design and construction, in particular a construction process which utilises his own sculptures of the human body as a system for blocking garments.”
Aitor has an amazing body of work and his process of moving from abstract sketch to reality makes him all the more intriguing.
He is a Japanese Australian born fashion designer who is world renowned and known for his beautiful, very feminine style, Akira said that as a designer of “ladies wear” his expertise was very different to designing for the theatre.
Alberta Ferretti collections, which follow the harmony between eccentricity and delicacy, the woman has a vision, which is conceptualized in her workplace and also reflects a very personal and unmistakable style: her collections are the essence of feminine flourish.
Shunning the flashy colours and daring cuts favoured by her peers, Akhmadullina paid tribute to old Russian tales and clothes with her latest collection, offering large boots and lamb coats tied at the waist with ribbons. But she also displayed sporty jackets, tee-shirts with fairy tale dragon prints, and wrap-over tops cut out from wool lace shawls, like the ones commonly sold on Russian street markets.
Lauded in the style industry and among those who keep a close eye on emerging trends, Alexander McQueen's contribution to fashion could, nevertheless, be lost on many others. But many High Street favourites of the past two decades bear his influence. So how did McQueen shape the things we've worn: low-slung jeans, skull prints, tailoring, theatrical catwalk shows, Moulds-breaking Models, and Extreme Silhouettes. May he rest in peace.
She has forged an inimitable reputation for designing innovative, naturally elegant, wearable luxury. Her many A-list fans, including Elizabeth Hurley, Jennifer Lopez, Joely Richardson, Queen Rania of Jordan and Nigella Lawson, fabour Amanda's chic simplicity - indeed her philosophy of 'simple ideas expressed strongly' has marked out Amanda's distinctive niche in the world's luxury market.
Amaya channeled her inspiration into the architectural forms in her fashion, whether it be mushrooms, conch, wind or ubiquitous flowers. You'll find plenty of inspiration to challenge yourself in forming new style never done before.
Bratis emphasize on detailing while keeping forms simple and pure. Studies with passion movement and function, adores the bias cut and the fine natural materials. Starting point for his feminine creations are classicism and geometry.
Wild and savage fashion that has torn through the boundaries to present this line, filled with leather, studded, feathers, animal prints and more.
Anke's style derived from her two of her collections seams to be a study of opposites – adding and subtracting, decorating and destroying. It was also deconstruction and reconstruction, taking apart the garment and then putting it all together for a surprising result.
ANTILIKA concentrated on small, personal collections that experimented with shape and practicality. "I was really interested in making things for certain reasons that werent necessarily fashion", she says. "I was interested in what comfort meant. For example pants could be comfortable for the legs, but not comfortable for the mind."
She featured almost exclusively synthetic fabric. Neoprene, a synthetic rubber used for sneakers and wetsuits, among the numerous components to her collections.
Berardi credits many design influences to his Italian roots: hourglass figures are his preferred silhouette and he constantly references Catholic symbolism. Berardi's designs combine sensuality with fine tailoring, quality materials and attention to detail. He is known for sexy, provocative, highly feminine clothes which often incorporate elements of street style. Some critics say that his ideas are copies of Galliano's designs and he picked up more than inspiration while working with him. This doesn't faze him; he says "it is an honour to be compared to him".
Recognized by those in the upper echelons of fashion for his signature draping and strong tailoring, Ashley Isham’s distinctive blend of high-octane glamour and contemporary styling has won him an army of followers devoted to his vision.
Barbara Bui has always flown under the radar. Even though she has a decades strong global cult following, she's never really fit into the fashion world's "star system" as she calls it, referring to the industry's tendency to place certain designers (usually men) on pedestals. So it's ironic that all of the ideas that she's built her small global empire on — Parisian rock and roll chic, androgyny, leather — are all having major moments for fall due to collections created by some of her male peers.
Since the London-based label launched in 2005 it has gained a unique and cult international following. The Omani-born designer Amr (pronounced 'Armour') counts Juliette Lewis, Claudia Schiffer and Tom Ford among his fans. With glamorous eveningwear as the direction, Bodyamr's signature pieces include alluring draped gowns and lavish body-con dresses. With a nod to Madame Grès and a definite 80s influence, Amr's fabulous creations include gorgeous draped, silk-jersey dresses and jumpsuits which fluidly follow the contours of the body.
His clothing uplifts its name simply by its plaintiff view just like the exotic beaches of the Bora Bora Island and its up-and-coming fame to stardom is the highly acquitted and anticipated news we all have been anxiously waiting for. Intermingling British background and Turkish designer sense the label boasts a prestigious ensemble of fantastic make that solidify the essence of the multi-layered asymmetric chiffons in the favorite mint flavor, lemon, oyster and orange floating effortlessly down the red carpet for instance. The fashion designer is also open for a total exploration of the idea of movement, stage presence and the capturing of beauty’s permanence as well as providing casual, glamorous and complex yet casual assumptions to the needs of his clientele perfection. The creative and unique style Bora Aksu commemorates becomes the awareness that could be raised to the next level of fame and glamour.
Belgium born fashion designer has graduated with honors from the prestigious Royal Academy of Antwerp, Belgium in 1999 and has worked under names such as Martin Margiela, Joseph Thimister and Christian Lacroix. His collections are often based on a specific theme, wherein such a focus is for Bruno an interesting working method and way of building up a collection. He works between the worlds of reality and romanticism, practicality and art. He has a conceptual vision and he avoids mainstream style. Most often then not, wearers of his piece are at loss to realize what the true concept is behind his garments, such as individuality, peace, fraud, youth, beauty, etc. He is a trend maker who devoutly believes that Belgian style is quite distinctive.
Christian Dior’s signature style has been clear since the moment the first hat was created. The Dior image would be best described as classy and cutting edge. Their modern designs often feature vintage detailing and offer an elusive mix of current and past styles. Christian Dior has a number of designer collections including Christal Watch, Gaucho, Vintage Traveler, Nude, Logo, Flight and more. Each collection offers a different image in order to accommodate all types of personal styles.
Dior’s Designs have graced some of the hottest bodies in the world. Famous celebrities like Charlize Theron and Keira Knightley are huge supporters of Dior’s creations and have chosen his designs for world renowned awards shows like the Oscars and the Golden Globes. From runways and awards shows to premieres and movies, Christian Dior’s designs are some of the most popular designer pieces in the world.
Christian shows a full collection every season as part of New York Fashion Week, with past shows being sponsored by LG, Sprint, Victoria's Secret, Cibu International, and Aveda. He has designed for a growing list of celebrity clients, including Victoria Beckham, Lady GaGa, Heidi Klum, Vanessa Williams, Alexis Bledel, Pink, Estelle, Mena Suvari, Kelly Rowland, Nicole Scherzinger and the Pussycat Dolls, Becki Newton, Maggie Grace, Tori Spelling, Thalia, and Whoopi Goldberg in her role as host of the 2008 Tony Awards. He has signed on to design a full couture collection to appear in the upcoming film Eloise in Paris, starring Uma Thurman.
Dominique Sirop defines himself as a "Minimalist Dandy" in that the ideal aesthetics would be the alliance of sophistication and simplicity. This creator's love of fashion and of beauty stems in part from his mother, who was beautiful and a mannequin at a famous couturier. Dominique Sirop "Haute Couture" has already presented eleven collection including day and evening wear with an aspect of finesse and elegance.
"How would you describe your style?
Doo Ri: I think it’s very difficult to say until you have a true understanding of the scope of your work. I’ve only shown four times now. It’s been two years basically.
I think about Mr. Beene and how he’s remembered in history, and he made his mark in the late ’80s early ’90s with these extraordinary collections. But if you look at what he did in the ’60s—the inception of the greatness to come was there but it took him from the ’60s to get to the highpoint in his career—I’m reminded that it takes time to understand your design language. When I design for ten years, and when I really have a full understanding of my vocabulary, I’ll know how to describe my style. Fashion, like anything, is a specific language you speak, there are certain cuts and lines that I’m always drawn toward, and that will dictate what I’m about."
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A modern and sensual woman, such is the credo of Eymeric François. His work aims at defining codes to sensually underline the lines of woman. Working on lines and perspectives is a paramount of his creations. Sculpted in a corset, the Eymeric François woman slips into gowns who sensually draw her silhouette. The Couture spirit is omnipresent in the lines proposed. At his very beginning, his exceptional work on pins embroideries distinguished him. Since then, he always played at turning materials out of their common use : consider zippers bustiers and “robes fendues à souhait” or the ribbons for infinite enlaced dresses.
Originally a furrier and leather-goods company, Fendi is globally known for unabashed extravagance. Started by Edoardo and Adele Fendi in 1925, the business was handed down to their five daughters until Karl Lagerfeld came aboard to share designing duties in 1965. He launched the house’s ready-to-wear lines in 1977, creating glamorous womenswear and classically tailored menswear. Still perhaps best known for its logo-laden accessories (thanks in part to Carrie Bradshaw), Fendi consistently produces some of the world’s most coveted “it-bags,” including the “baguette” (designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi) which debuted in the nineties and remains a hot commodity. The double-F logo was created by Lagerfeld in the sixties, and shaved into Kanye West’s hair several decades later. In the fall of 2007, Lagerfeld staged a fashion show atop the Great Wall of China—at a cost of $10 million.
Franck Sorbier (*high quality site requires flash player*)
Fashion Designer FRANK SORBIER, date of creation: 1990 Colleagues, journalists, professionals, buyers, all agree on the perfect technique of Franck Sorbier's collections, particularly on his choice of fabrics, the clean cut quality of his workmanship and-above all-his refined details. Franck Sorbier's main aim is to fulfill with his realizations the feminity of the woman he dresses. His consummate taste was mastered while working on different collections (woman, man, accessories) for Le Printemps, Mafia, Nelli Rodi, Li Edelkoort and couturiers such as Thierry Mugler and Chantal Thomas.
He now realizes all his models at his premises. The showroom becomes a boutique - on Saturdays only - where private clients can order custom-made dresses for special occasions. Inspired and guided by everyday's life, always with a touch of humor or a glimpse of tenderness, Franck Sorbier creates feminity.
Jackets, columm or mermaid-dresses, pants, skirts, coats, umbrellas and scarves, emphasize the many beautiful facets of a woman. Though adaptable to whoever wears them, the models of Franck Sorbier bear a recognizable, strong and insolent style. His prints, embroideries, hand-painted fabrics, ornamental diversions allow him to further exalt the eternal woman.
Fukuko Ando and also through TotemFashion
Born in Aichi-Ken, Japan, Fukuko Ando studied first literature at the prestigious University of Kinjo Gakuin following studies in design at the Nagoya School of Fashion. In 1991, her interest in the origins of western fashion led her to pursue post-graduate studies at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, where she discovered the work of Madeleine Vionnet. Like Vionnet, Ando uses bias cuts to add elegance and allure to the hills and valleys of the feminine form. Unlike Vionnet, who designed her dresses on a 30 inch wooden doll, Ando works on a life-size mannequin.
In front of the mirror, Fukuko Ando works with a wooden mannequin on which she sculpts the shape of a dress directly on the fabric. Through the mirror, she carefully observes the growth of the tissue by turning the mannequin in all angles in order to find, verify, perfectionate the movemement, the sensation, and the thought.
Fukuko Ando obeys the sense of the fabric on the body. The fabric progressively becomes a dress by continuous pressing of her fingertips. It is a process of growth, like a plant that sprouts, grows, and eventually blooms. Fukuko Ando works on her own particular way, her dresses are the result of careful touching, groping with fingertips. Her work is based on this simple principle: the dress is the language of the body; the body is the story of an individual; and the human body and the dress are founded on the same principle and non-stop perception.
"My dress is neither ready-to-wear nor haute couture. It's a sensation"
Gaelyn & Cianfarani's aesthetic is elegant and innovative. The process of creating their signature fabric, from what most would consider garbage (recycled bicycle tubes) speaks of Gaelyn & Cianfarani's commitment to preserve while creating.
The GAETANO NAVARRA fashion can be considered an unpredictable, modern, and everything but a taken for granted style; his experience grew in his family's knitting industry, and later made good use of the technical know-how thus creating his own exceptionally innovative image. A designer-made knitwear, born for the contemporary way of life, knit with modern techniques on unusual material, with dazzling colours and sensual lines' a collection that was exported abroad with great success, and awarded by the attention that all media dedicated to it. Important professional collaborations, such as the stylistic consultancy for Genny Maglia, and for prestigious Italian groups, made people talk about him and about his "sense of humour". A name that is projected towards the future, as his knitwear made of young-styled garments created for the woman who feels self-confident, and made with the satire of a contemporary style.
His first collection, referencing a historical silhouette re-interpreted with modern drape and ease, was made entirely of garment-dyed quilted silk organza and produced in the basement of a historic Tribeca flatiron building. Now, still faithful to his original aesthetic, the designer operates out of the garment district.
The designers is attracted to lightness and in dark, opposites, contrasts, and cause and effect, to discover the particular beauty in each. This approach is reflected in his trademark fitted jackets, fluid dresses, blouses and slouchy knits rendered in a rich and varied palette and texture achieved by meticulous washing and dying processes that are a Gary Graham trademark.
Inspirations for past collections have included Dust Bowl-era portraits; the gritty opulence of the Romany, or gypsy; and antique engravings of botanical specimens all re-interpreted with a freshness that is maintained season after season. Luxe materials such as silk georgette, wool jersey, and duchesse satin are constructed with handmade qualities to glide onto the body as comfortably as a t-shirt, and may be worn individually or combined and layered interchangeably to create multiple wardrobe options and color combinations.
The incorporation of quilting, embroidery, patchwork, chunky knits and washed leathers create a highly individualized look with impeccable finish. Additionally, signature prints and jacquards are designed to incorporate visual clues that articulate the underlying themes of each collection.
Whether a fitted jacquard coat or draped jersey shell, the result is a casual, comfortable approach to a designer wardrobe. These clothes are for independent creative women who demand versatility and longevity from their wardrobes.
Colombian designer Haider Ackerman launched his namesake line in 2001 and joins the ranks of notable alumni of the Antwerp Fashion Academy of Fine Arts (Dries Van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester are the others). He’s touted as a young Rick Owens for his abstract work with leather and avant-garde draping.
Hubert de Givenchy (James Marcel Taffin), born in 1927, French fashion designer. He established his house of couture in Paris. A disciple of Balenciaga and assistant designer to Schiaparelli, he opened his own house in 1952, selling it to Moet Hennessy-Louis Vuitton in 1988. He remained under contract with them until 1995, when he retired and was replaced by British designer John Galliano. Givenchy's elegant and classic style is noted for its separate skirts and tops; unusual embroidered and printed fabrics; tubular evening dresses; sumptuous ball gowns; jeweled headbands; shawls; the princess silhouette; sleeveless coats; funnel necklines; and his perfumes. He was the designer of Audrey Hepburn's clothes and film costumes.
"For me creating new forms is essential when I am designing. The woman body and her movements are always a starting point and inspiration for me.
It is a challenge for me to not only create form, but I like to go beyond that, I see every dress as a puzzle to solve and create forms within other forms. So my intention is not to just create a new form around a body, but to frame three dimensional textures which together create new forms like is happening in nature a lot as well.
I danced a lot myself and dancing is still an inspiration for me as well, it is such a pure form of art that I like to take the movements with me into fashion ." more from the interview with Iris on her style and design aesthetic click here.
"When I was 18, I studied children’s psychological development at he Salpetrière hospital in Paris and was later appointed head of the Institut Supérieur de rééducation psychomotrice for psychomotor rehabilitation at Nice University’s Faculty of Medicine, where I learned to understand body language, which is also a key element in fashion. The same goes for the catwalk, which creates a dialogue and role play between the (obviously narcissistic) designer, who wants to show his creations, and the spectator who dreams of seeing himself in those creations. But Narcissus has now learned to swim: he no longer drowns." excerpt from interview with Jean-Claude.
Toronto-based designer Jeremy Laing’s eponymous line was launched in February 2005 and has been dedicated to his vision of simple, geometric garments made with exquisite tailoring. With high-minded inspirations like Edwardian fashions or mineral compositions, the designs manage to look smart without ever feeling pretentious.
“Unstructured and layered can be a quick trip to messy, but in the hands of Jeremy Laing, a silk charmeuse dress with slit panels, inspired by the slashed canvases of Lucio Fontana, looked clean and modern. The designer is known as a minimalist and his collection showed that restraint in the geometry of his cuts and prints.”
J. Mendel by Gilles Mendel
Founded in 1870 in Paris by Joseph Breitman, a furrier to the Russian aristocracy, J. Mendel is one of the rare luxury brands to remain family-owned. Today, the fifth-generation Gilles Mendel acts as CEO and head designer, and the label is now based in New York. In addition to fur, the brand now encompasses a full women’s ready-to-wear line, which originated practically by accident; to detract PETA protesters from staking out his first flagship boutique on Madison Avenue in the mid-nineties, Mendel created simple sheaths to display in the store windows at night. Collections now run the spectrum from luscious chiffon dresses and sleek canvas trenches to tweed suiting and red-carpet gowns.
“Whether Gilles Mendel is designing a sable coat or overseeing the decoration of his New York town house, his sensibility is the same: this designer for J. Mendel prefers tailored lines.”
Born in Norway and educated at the Royal College of Art in London, the 29 years old Kristian Aadnevik combines the technical knowledge of a skilled couturier with the charm of a screenwriter. Undecided between fairytale and horror, he explains: “For me every collection is like a film starring the heroines I dress; plots and stories change, but my muse remains the same, she is the protagonists who evolves and explores life.”
After working for Harrods International and Charles Jourdan in Japan, in 2004 Kristian decided to start his own label – sexy, gloomy, opulent and smoothly glamorous- earning at once the title of London’s “next big thing”. “What I find truly fascinating in fashion - he continues - is that one becomes part of a social evolution. Dressing people, or simply influencing their sense of style, you have the possibility of creating a new world, your own.” Kristian Aadnevik ´s world is made of contrasts: the gothic and the romantic entangled in a sort of disco nightmare, a deliberately decadent atmosphere, sinfully innocent and encrusted with luscious details.
“I try to create something truly original inspired by history and experience - the young designer explains - my philosophy also reflects the importance of luxury and sex appeal.”
"I begin with an idea of a shape that is carried along the whole collection. The detail builds as a narrative, developing and transforming as the investigation continues from one piece to another. I manipulate shape in multiple dimensions. I draw lines through hyper-constructive seaming and shift volume, repeating a shape in different fabrication and intertwining various opacities to add subtle dimension. On the surface I add structural relief. Cutouts create a flat sense of perspective, contrasting the positive and negative shape. Overlapping layers graph a topographical map to define form." - Lauren Felton
The label is renowned for it’s eclectic use of different materials, fusing of leather with silk chiffons: ‘My collections always start with tailoring but, never the less, there is never a theme to them; there is always a balance of opposite elements, bringing the unexpected together.’ – Louis de Gama, Independent/Susie Rushon: 7th Feb 2002
'[Louis de Gama's] clothes continue this theme of alchemy; the idea of modification. His work is infused with a sense of blending, be it emotions or materials, becoming new and assured garments, standing in their own right.’ – A. Kornstein, Fashion Line Magazine: May 2003
'In my opinion fashion is one of the strongest mediums of self expression, a life component as vital as many basic needs. By expressing myself through fashion I hope to give someone the means for self confidence and, therefore, a better life' – Louis de Gama: 2002
Elegant eveningwear, inspired by vintage and Asian influences, defines the Marchesa Collection. The beautifully crafted designs fuse high fashion with an eclectic aesthetic. Co-founded by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the company’s namesake and muse, Marchesa Luisa Casati, is the noted eccentric European style icon.
Ever since her first collection in 1986, Marie Saint Pierre has always offered her very personal vision of fashion for a women that desires intelligent clothing; innovative, aesthetic and functional. Her signature collection is about movement, where all the elements are interchangeable, worn based on the mood of the moment. Nothing is imposed, everything is subtle. Her innovative and distinctive styles have been seen on numerous runways and red carpets around the globe (Academy Award in Los Angeles, Les Cesars in Paris, the Cannes Film Festival, etc…)
Martine's focus is embroidery and beading, most often in pieces of art or objects, in some cases a piece of cloth to showcase a design or pattern or her work. Take a gander and fall in love with the handcraft through Van't Hul's work.
"My references are very visual. Anything and everything can inspire me: the women in my life, a piece of fabric, a colour, a photo, my imagination. But the important thing is to be able to transpose it all realistically. Because, after all, an item of clothing is made to be worn. Balmain is a couture house renowned for its evening gowns. For this reason, I made eveningwear a priority. But I want my clothes to be modern. When a woman wears a Balmain evening gown, she should feel just as good as she does in a T-shirt and jeans. Pierre Balmain had a very on-trend approach to fashion: he wanted to create the appropriate outfit for the appropriate moment. That is also my ambition." ~ Christophe Decarnin
Piia Hanninen is a Finnish high-end clothing line designed to be effortlessly nostalgic with a futuristic twist. Inspiration for the collection comes from mixing historical and cultural influences with contemporary, edgy northern spirit. The designs are a wild mix of soft sculpture-like, carefully toiled pieces and minimalistic sharpness and graphic prints.
After her MA fashion studies in London College of Fashion and working for labels such as Fendi, Betty Jackson and Grimaldi Giardina, Piia Hanninen launched her own label. Since her MA Final work, titled as "Sustainable Design" Piia Hanninen has been developing her design philosophy based on ethical and environmentally sustainable working methods. The collection is produced in Finland and Italy.
This modern luxury label offers an edgy, youthful take on upscale dressing. The design team of Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough—media darlings and self-proclaimed “dorks”—has only been in business since 2002, but the duo has already enjoyed numerous hit collections, and a rep as one of fashion’s most talked about labels. Hernandez and McCollough met in design school, worked with Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs respectively, then partnered on their graduation project. The rest is history. It helps that their talent matches their hype and that their collections showcase technical skills usually reserved for much older designers. Initially popular for its modern interpretation of bustiers and corsetry, the line features tailored coats in lush menswear pattern prints, sleek pencil skirts, color-blocked chiffon evening gowns cinched with satin belts, and tight, minimal silhouettes that often come in dark neutrals like bronze, battleship gray, and military green.
Known for his signature draping, Rami seeks to bring out the goddess in every woman with elegance, femininity and style. Starting with his mother, women have always served as his muse.Ê "I wake up every day to celebrate women," says Kashou.
A seasoned veteran of runway shows, Rami Kashou has shown his devotion and passion for groundbreaking feminine design, and as a result has become one of the most coveted runway shows to attend during fashion week, attracting celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, and Amy Smart. He was honored with the Gen Art Alumni sponsorship to showcase his collection in the tents of Bryant Park in addition to his numerous seasons at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Los Angeles.
Known for his dramatic red carpet gowns, Rami has draped the silhouettes of celebrities and trendsetters such as Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, Penelope Cruz, Malin Akerman, Dita Von Teese, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Lopez, Fergie, Becki Newton, Paris Hilton, and Lindsay Lohan to name a few. His designs have graced the pages of the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Women's Wear Daily, Interview, Elle, In Style, and Flaunt amongst many others.
In 1992 Patrick Girault and Kuki de Salvertes joined forces to create their press and publicity agency Totem to promote designers with a different approach to fashion.
Apart from acting for confirmed designers Totem serves emerging talents such as: