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Allure magazine is the beauty expert. Every issue is full of celebrity tips and insider secrets from the pros, like what works overnight and what works for a lifetime. Editors pick their favorite new products and reveal what new styles really work for you. Your subscription includes the annual special issues: Makeovers and Best of Beauty.
Cosmopolitan magazine is the lifestylist and cheerleader for millions of fun, fearless females. Cosmo inspires with information on relationships and romance, fashion and beauty, women's health and well-being, as well as pop culture and entertainment.
Elle magazine reports on emerging trends in fashion, beauty and style. Its visual core is surrounded by features, news and analysis of the larger world. Its articles feature information on culture, health, politics, art and relationships.
The editorial focus of Essence magazine is on todays career-minded, independent, sophisticated African American woman. The magazine is dedicated to helping its readers meet their maximum potential through articles stressing career and educational opportunities, investing and money management tips, fashion and beauty ideas and health and fitness trends. In addition, it features information on parenting, home decorating, cultural reviews and profiles of celebrities and achievers.
Canada's only fashion magazine with regional editions. So now you don't just see great fashion, but you find out where to get it where you live. Featuring fashion news, expert beauty advice, product information, where to shop and what's hot.
Glamour magazine gives you the best hair and beauty tips that work for your face, our popular fashion workbook geared for your shape and your budget, the real scoop on all your relationship and sex questions, plus monthly horoscopes and important health and diet news. And your favorite Dos and hilarious Don'ts!
Harper's BAZAAR magazine, the fashion authority, brings you the latest new looks from the hottest designers. Full of best dressed secrets, must-haves and great finds. Experience the best in style and beauty with Harper's BAZAAR magazine.
Create a personal style that's uniquely yours with inspiring ideas from In Style magazine. Discover the best of fashion in every price range and expert beauty advice you can use to create your signature look. Enjoy tips for entertaining with style and intimate looks at your favorite celebrities - their homes, wardrobe, and personal beauty secrets.
Latina magazine is the bilingual lifestyle magazine for today's Hispanic woman. Created with a special understanding of her unique identity and values, each month Latina features the hottest trends in fashion & beauty, health & fitness, food & entertaining as well as profiles of today's achievers and celebrities.
Lucky magazine is your ultimate shopping guide, spotlighting thousands of incredible finds in fashion, beauty, home and more. Each month, the Lucky editors hit the streets to find the best new looks AND the best deal...PLUS incredible Lucky Breaks on the hottest items! If you love to shop, you'll adore Lucky!
Marie Claire magazine offers solutions for the woman whose time constraints demand one resource to respond to diverse aspects of her life. From global and cultural issues to fashion and beauty coverage, Marie Claire is for the woman of substance with an eye for style.
Redbook magazine is the must-read magazine for today's young, married woman: an individual as passionate about her own needs as she is about those of her family. Each issue offers exciting, provocative features that address the all aspects of her life - everything from stylish fashion and beauty portfolios to scintillating stories on keeping her marriage fresh, to ideas on balancing home and career demands.
Fashion and beauty are simply about image. It is a story that you have to tell visually. Runway brings fashion to life with the picks that highlight the designers best work. Other aspects include interviews, shopping, romance, beauty tips and self-improvement.
Tatler magazine is a society magazine with a mix of fashion, beauty, and sensational features providing insights into the lives of the world's most glamorous and leading celebrities. Also, presents the social comment of the day with style and wit.
Nobody knows more about star power than VANITY FAIR magazine, where you get access to people, personalities and power like no other magazine. From unmasking Deep Throat to intimate interviews with Jennifer Aniston, Martha Stewart and Lindsay Lohan, VANITY FAIR scooped the competition and gave its readers the must-read exclusives everyone has been talking about. Your subscription includes must-see special issues like the Hollywood issue and the Music issue, and monthly coverage of the movers and shakers in entertainment, media, politics, business and the arts.
Slicker and more uptown than competitors The Source and XXL, Vibe magazine covers hip-hop culture in its many forms. The primary focus, of course, is music, but urban fashion also receives lavish treatment, and each issue contains a least a dash of movies, technology, sports, and politics.
Vogue magazine is the fashion authority. Setting the standard for over 100 years has made Vogue the best selling fashion magazine in the world. Each issue delivers the latest in beauty, style, health, fitness and celebrities and your subscription will include the must-have Spring and Fall Fashion editions. Before it's in fashion, it's in Vogue!
Go behind the runways with W magazine and sit front row at the world's hottest shows to get the first looks at the most fabulous fashion. In each issue of W, you'll discover fashion that is elegant, opulent, and colorful, plus people, parties, and Hollywood -- all like you've never seen them before. And with your subscription, you'll get the must-have, super-sized Spring and Fall Fashion Issues!
The series has ended as of Nov 2017. Over 200 episodes were filmed. Hosted by Joan Rivers and featured panelists George Kotsiopoulos, Giuliana Rancic, and Kelly Osbourne commenting on celebrity fashions.
What Not to Wear was an American makeover reality television series based on the British show of the same name.
Makeover series about mothers and daughters who are at war over their wardrobes and their relationship.
Heidi Klum hosts a reality series where aspiring fashion designers compete for a chance to break into the industry.
Launch My Line features 10 well-known fashion designers matched with 10 industry professionals that have always dreamed of having their own clothing line.
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Adrienne Vittadini launched her sportwear brand in 1979, reinventing knitwear as a viable sportswear category proving consumers with fresh and feminine styling appropriate for the office or a more casual setting. Ms. Vittadini's design technique emphasized rich textiles and the utilization of luxurious textured yearns. Adrienne designed collections that evoked a sense of casual ease and sophistication. Adrienne Vittadini is designed for the woman who possesses a sophisticated sense of style and enjoys expressing herself through fashion.
More than forty years of solid experience in the footwear sector, strong synergy among all company sectors, and, last but not least, great determination to make each product a creation, thanks to the craftmanship of the processes and the details used, the selection of top quality materials and constant stylistic research, have all been responisible for the Alberto Fermani's development from a simple workshop to a business that is wellknown all over the world.
The Alexander McQueen label is known for its dramatic, gorgeously constructed pieces, combining elements of British tailoring with French couture. Signature looks include billowy dresses cut in hourglass silhouettes, frock coats paired with skinny pants, sharp, angular suiting, and darkly romantic gowns covered in intricate embroidery and lace. McQueen has flagships in London, New York, Milan, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, as well as franchised stores in Istanbul and Moscow.
Anne Klein was born as Hannah Golofski in New York City on August 3, 1923. She studied art at Girls' Commercial High School in New York and later went to the Traphagen School in New York from 1937 to 1938 to study fashion. Beginning as a sketcher she later rose to prominence as a designer of women's sportswear and apparel, establishing Anne Klein and Co. in 1968.
Armani Exchange makes statements, in more ways than one. It's the voice of urban youth, a fashion conscience, an incubator for Giorgio Armani's new ideas and the street barometer of his fashion directions. Armani Exchange is a translation of Mr. Armani's pure sense of design to an innovative, interchangeable mix of edgy separates for men and women.
Baby Phat was launched by Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons in 1999 as a brand extension of their Phat Farm hip-hop lifestyle empire. The label embraces the girly "ghetto glam" look and is a favorite of club girls and bootylicious celebrities alike. Now encompassing jeans, cocktail dresses, handbags, outerwear, shoes, and childrenswear, the line is also known for its lavish fashion shows, so packed with rock stars they resemble official MTV events.
Mark Badgley and James Mischka have been hailed by Vogue as one of the "Top 10 American Designers" and as the darlings of the Hollywood set. The design duo have made their mark over the past two decades with glamorous, stylish and wearable evening wear and accessories. Badgley Mischka timeless designs appeal to a range of fashionable women, including celebrities like Madonna, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Lopez, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Garner, Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Sarah Jessica Parker and Ashley Judd.
BCBG Max Azria Group is taking the world by storm. With critically acclaimed collections, a loyal following of Hollywoods top celebrities, and a strong worldwide presence, this fashion powerhouse has evolved into one of the hottest names in the fashion industry today. Continuously expanding while defining trends, Max Azria has let the industry know that he is indeed building a global empire.
bebe designs, develops and produces a distinctive line of contemporary women's apparel and accessories. Founder Manny Mashouf founded bebe as a San Francisco boutique in 1976, a time when three categories dominated the women's wear market: junior, bridge and missy. Having discovered a demographic that was neither junior nor bridge, Manny aimed to break the mold by offering this under represented population of stylish women distinctive and inspirational fashion bearing an unmistakable hint of sensuality. His concept stuck and bebe reaped early success.
Founded in 1924 by Eli Belovitch and his son in law Harry Grosberg in Staffordshire, Belstaff produced all-weather jackets for motorcyclists, and was the first company to ever use waxed cotton. The company later created weather-protective jackets for other uses, goggles (primarily for the growing aviation market), gloves and several other garments intended to keep the wearer warm, dry and safe. Today, Belstaff markets products to the Far East, Russia, the United States, Australia and South America.
Bill Blass became synonymous with elegant sportswear, unfussy, glamorous clothes in luxurious materials that could transition from work to evening. Blass sold the company and retired in 1999. Former Blass assistant Peter Som was brought on as creative director of the Blass label in 2007, staying for little more than a year before leaving to focus on his namesake label in October 2008. A month later, the brand filed for bankruptcy, and by December 2008, menswear company Peacock International Holdings LLC picked up Blass ready-to-wear and couture divisions for a cool $10 million.
Burberry is a luxury brand with a distinctive British sensibility, strong international recognition and differentiating brand values that resonate across a multi-generational and dual-gender audience. The Company designs and sources apparel and accessories distributing through a diversified network of retail, wholesale and licensing channels worldwide. Since its founding in England in 1856, Burberry has been synonymous with quality, innovation and style.
Venezuelan aristocrat Carolina Herrera created her first collection in 1981. She expanded into bridal in 1987 and opened her flagship on Madison Avenue in 2000. Herrera founded a diffusion line, CH Carolina Herrera, in 2002, which includes fragrances, menswear, handbags, and shoes. The label is known for timeless ensembles for celebs who crave a touch of class. Tweedy skirt-suits, crisp white blouses, fitted jackets, prim cocktail frocks, and embellished evening gowns keep the glamorous label at the very top.
Originally launched in 1945 as a children's made-to-measure shoe business for petits pieds d'anges, the French luxury house expanded during the sixties with adult footwear, handbags, and a women's ready-to-wear collection of couture sportswear or "fashion for everyone." During this time, Celine was one of the first luxury brands to open up distribution to Japan, and their focus on international expansion continued over the next few decades.
Christian Audigier, born in the city of Avignon, in the South of France, embodies and represents the pinnacle of success in achieving the American dream. He currently resides with his family in Los Angeles, California. His impressive list of accomplishments, shrewd business sense, and charismatic personality make him the global success that he is today in the fashion world. His most recent ventures include the Ed Hardy brand based on the work of Don Ed Hardy; Smet with Johnny Hallyday; and his own namesake Christian Audigier.
Christian Lacroix designs clothes that are glamorous, expensive-looking, and unapologetically dramatic. Such an aesthetic implored fame on the French label, which eventually came to epitomize the eighties through the designer's use of sumptuous fabrics (velvet, satin, taffeta) and overlapping patterns (patchwork, stripes), all of which left buyers clamoring for more. His ready-to-wear, which now includes handbags, fragrance, and shoes, can be found in more than 1,000 international stores, including twenty of his own namesake boutiques, as well as on the bodies of adventurous red-carpet walkers.
During the last decade, Coach has emerged as America's preeminent designer, producer, and marketer of fine accessories and gifts for women and men including handbags, business cases, luggage and travel accessories, wallets, outerwear, eyewear, gloves, scarves and fine jewelry. Continued development of new categories has further established the signature style and distinctive identity of the Coach brand. Together with our licensing partners, we also offer watches, footwear, and office furniture bearing the Coach brand name.
Cole Haan is a fashion label that was founded in Chicago, Illinois, United States, in 1928. The name comes from founders Trafton Cole and Eddie Haan. Originally Cole Haan was a men's footwear label. Today it offers many products, including men's and women's dress and casual footwear, belts, hosiery, handbags, gloves, scarves, hats, outerwear and sunglasses. A wholly owned subsidiary of Nike, Cole Haan has its headquarters in Yarmouth, Maine, and its design center in New York City, New York.
Derek Lam is an American fashion designer. He was born in San Francisco, California and is of Chinese American parentage. Lam is known for his pretty, girly fabrics backed by clean, crisp silhouettes. Signature pieces include raw silk sheath dresses with plunging necklines, wide-leg trousers in various wools and dainty cashmere pea coats cinched with stiff silk belts.
Key features of Devi Kroell's work - diverse design influences and a refined sense of versatility - give nod to her expansive cultural experience: Kroell spent her childhood in Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Israel, France and Italy among other locales. As a result, her signature styles are easily suited to a variety of backdrops and tastes. From her original python hobo bag to her crystal-studded wooden clutches and avant-garde heels, all of Kroell's impeccably crafted designs feature sleek, effortless shapes fused with lush, tactile elements.
Designer Christian Dior launched his first collection in 1947, setting Paris ablaze and establishing a leading brand in the culture of couture. Today, the Dior brand extends way beyond the world of ladies' couture. During the past 60 years, quality skincare and fragrance lines have been introduced, maintaining the brand's highbrow reputation, as well as Dior Homme, the menswear and fragrance lines.
DKNY is a modern, moderately-priced young collection, drawing from the spirit of big city life. Donna Karan is known to support the needs of modern women with her clothing. When designing her clothes, Donna Karan claims not have the top model in mind, but women like herself. The saying goes, that before the production of a piece of clothes is approved by Karan, it has to look good on her. It seems, that with Donna Karan clothing, function comes before styling. Also under the DKNY Jeans label.
Ohh Canada! Helmed by brothers Dean and Dan Caten, the Dsquared label combines outdoorsy details with a glam-rock aesthetic. The attire, and the denim in particular, is a favorite among musicians like Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, and Madonna, who asked the duo to create more than 150 pieces for her 2002 Drowned World Tour. The brothers opened their flagship store in Milan in 2007, complete with an exclusive Champagne bar, and subsequently launched locations in Capri, Kiev, Istanbul, and Hong Kong.
Elie Saab's ready-to-wear line, which launched in 1998 in Milan, heralds the same feminine aesthetic as his couture dresses, with brightly colored silks, chiffons, pearl beading, and embroidered lace. With their Middle Eastern detailing and European sensibility, Saab gowns are also at home on the Hollywood red carpet; Halle Berry famously wore one to pick up her Academy Award in 2002.
See Giorgio Armani.
Escada is an international luxury fashion group in women's designer fashion. It has pursued a course of steady expansion since its founding in 1976 by Margaretha and Wolfgang Ley and today has 194 own shops and 226 franchise shops/corners in about 60 countries. Escada produces and sells women's designer fashions for daytime, evening, business, leisure, wellness and special occasions as well as couture. The range of fashions is supplemented with accessories like handbags and shoes. Fragrances, eyewear and kids wear from licensed partners are also sold under the Escada brand.
Albert Goldberg developed Faconnable by establishing boutiques in keys cities across France, Belgium and Portugal. At the same time, the strong appeal of the brand to International wholesalers lead to the rapid expansion of the brand, now available in more than 500 retail outlets worldwide. The acquisition of Faconnable by M1 group, a diverse holding investment organization, marks the beginning of a new era for the brand.
Fendi is all about high fashion and drama, with innovative creations and collections that never fail to impress and surprise the fashion industry. There are currently over 100 Fendi stores worldwide, with a flagship store on New York City's trendy Fifth Avenue. Although their boutiques are scattered across the globe, Fendi remains faithfully stationed in Rome.
See Salvatore Ferragamo.
The Furla family legacy began over 80 years ago when Aldo Furlanetto started his business as a trader in handbags, small leather goods and other accessories. Luxury Furla handbag designs are based on elegance, femininity, and techno-artisanal details. Each product is handcrafted in all the finest Italian leathers, while at the same time known for their affordable luxury.
G-Star RAW is a Dutch clothing company that produces fashionable urban clothing. It became a very popular clothing brand among students in Europe. Their clothing is frequently used in runway modeling. G-Star specializes in making RAW denim. G-Star is influenced by European fashion trends as well as by military clothing. Inspirations of their designs come from vintage military apparel bought from around the world.
Giambattista Valli is an Italian fashion designer from Rome, Italy. Among Valli's most famous clients are Victoria Beckham and Mischa Barton. In March 2003 Valli introduced a disco flavored line in Paris, France. His designs featured flouncy chiffon minidresses over leggings, cigarette pants, and an ample amount of fur.Spurned by the house of Ungaro in 2004, he introduced an uninhibited collection in Paris after starting his own line with Italian licensee Gilmar, in March 2005. His first solo collection included dresses with polka dots and a bubble skirt which reminded onlookers of the work of Stefano Pilati, a designer for Yves Saint Laurent.
Giuseppe Zanotti has worked in luxury footwear for women for over twenty years, beginning as a design apprentice before making a name for himself as a footwear designer for Italian and international companies. What makes Giuseppe Zanotti pumps, sandals and boots so unique is their consummate synthesis of design awareness and quality. Giuseppe Zanotti shoes feature sleek, innovative designs and are crafted from the finest materials.
Gucci's look was sexy, frilly, and flirty. Body-hugging outfits with sheer fabrics, sexy prints, and revealing hemlines became all the rage. Gucci has continued to be a strong force in the world of fashion. They own boutiques in major cities across the world, and sell their lines through department and specialty stores everywhere. Gucci has always been at the forefront of fashion, and there are no signs of that ending any time soon.
Adventurous. Sexy. All-American with an International flair. This is GUESS. The company's spirited philosophy is conveyed through its design sensibility. GUESS was set up in 1981 and it specialized in jeans, watches, fashion, lingerie, home fashion, swimwear, glasses and home accessories. GUESS products have many markets in 70 countries.
Helmut Lang fashions were sold in upscale department stores and through select retailers, as well as in signature Helmut Lang stores around the world. In 1999, Lang entered into a partnership with Prada Group which resulted in the acquisition of the Helmut Lang brand by Prada in 2004, and Mr. Lang's departure from the label in 2005. Prada, however, struggled with the brand and consequently sold it to Link Theory of Japan in 2006. Link Theory re-launched the Helmut Lang label with nw designers in 2007. Since then, Helmut Lang fashions have been available again at upscale department stores and signature Helmut Lang boutiques worldwide.
In 1945 Hugo Boss was charged with being sympathetic to the Nazi cause and using forced labor, and was denied the right to vote in Germany and ordered to pay a fine. The business turned its hand to making suits. The timing was perfect, as the male fashion industry was just establishing itself and through the 60's and 70's Hugo Boss suits became the benchmark for quality, fashionable menswear.
Hussein Chalayan was born in Nicosia in 1970 and graduated from the Turkish Maarif College of his hometown. He moved with his family having moved to England in 1978, obtaining British citizenship and proceeded to study design in London. His graduate collection in 1993, titled "The Tangent Flows", contained clothes which he had buried in his back yard and dug up again. An instant sensation, the whole collection was purchased and displayed in luxury designer store Browns in London. His achievements have not gone unnoticed. He was crowned 'British Designer of the Year' in 1999 and 2000.
J. Lindeberg (operating as JL), is a Swedish clothing company marketed as a 21st Century lifestyle brand. Currently, J.Lindeberg is distributed in over 20 countries and available at flagship stores in New York, Los Angeles, Stockholm, Tokyo, Kyoto and Hong Kong. J.Lindeberg's clothes are popular among golfers, and are worn by PGA stars
Jones New York is the original brand under Jones Apparel Group, an American designer, marketer and wholesaler of branded clothing, shoes and accessories. Although its headquarters are in Bristol, Pennsylvania, it maintains 4 offices in New York City. The company also markets directly to consumers through their chain of specialty retail and value-based stores. In addition, it markets costume jewelry under the Givenchy brand licensed from Givenchy Corporation.
Judith Leiber is a world-renowned designer of handbags. She escaped the Holocaust of World War II. After the war, she began making handbags at home and then at a friend's small factory. She met and married an American soldier, Gerson Leiber, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1948. Leiber founded her own business in 1963 and quickly established herself as an industry leader at the cutting edge of luxurious fashion. Sold at exclusive boutiques around the world, her handbags cost several thousand dollars and have become a status symbol for many women.
Karl Lagerfeld is a German-born fashion designer and artist based in Paris, France. He has collaborated on a variety of fashion and art related projects, most notably as head designer and creative director for the fashion house Chanel. Lagerfeld helms his own label fashion house, as well as the Italian house Fendi.
Kate Spade met her future husband, Andy Spade, a native of Scottsdale, Arizona, while working side-by-side as salespersons in a men's clothing store, Carter's Men Shop in Phoenix.They were married in 1994. They launched their New York-based design company "kate spade handbags" in January 1993, selling mainly handbags.
Kookai is a French fashion label founded in 1983 by Jean-Lou Tepper, Jacques Nataf and Philippe de Hesdin. It has a simple philosophy: "to supply young women with affordable apparel for their wardrobes". It has stores in Europe, Asia, America and Australia. Its clothing line is generally characterised by French fashion trends.
Throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s, Lilly Pulitzer's bright, colorful, well-made clothes were very popular and continued to be high-prized items. Arguably, Lilly Pulitzer's clothing was at the height of its original popularity in the early 1980s. In 1984, however, Lilly retired so as to spend time with her grandchildren, and closed down her entire clothing operation. Thus, it came as a surprise to the fashion world when in January 1993 Lilly Pulitzer allowed her line to be revived. .
Liz Claiborne is a fashion company founded in 1976 by designer Liz Claiborne, Art Ortenberg and Leonard Boxer in New York City that designs and markets a wide range of women's and men's apparel, accessories and fragrance products. The Liz Claiborne Inc. portfolio of brands includes Liz Claiborne New York, Mexx, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade and Lucky Brand Jeans.
Marc Ecko parlayed his graffiti art into a business while still in college, designing handmade T-shirts that landed on the backs of icons like Spike Lee and Chuck D. The company soon expanded into the hip-hop, extreme-sport, and designer-fashion markets and also began producing footwear, leather goods, gloves, outerwear, underwear, bags, and a women's collection. Ecko launched his line of sophisticated urban menswear, Marc Ecko Cut & Sew which is distinguished by its knitwear, attentive tailoring, and dressier fabrics.
Marc Jacobs, born April 9, 1963 in New York City, is an American fashion designer. He is the head designer for Marc Jacobs, as well as the diffusion line Marc by Marc Jacobs. Jacobs is currently the Creative Director of the prestigious French design house Louis Vuitton.
Marciano is the new runway-inspired collection designed for the contemporary "it girl." Daringly sexy, yet highly sophisticated, Marciano represents pure glamour in everyday fashion. From intricately detailed tops, to body conscious party dresses and well-constructed slacks and coats, the collection offers a trend-setting variety of mix-and-match pieces that will take you from morning meeting to cocktail hour in style. Marciano accessories, including boldly-colored leather handbags, stunningly sexy footwear, and attention demanding jewelry, are a key element of this A-lister lifestyle.
Matthew Williamson is an English fashion designer. His collections are shown twice a year during New York Fashion Week, and they often have an Indian influence, perhaps related to the time Williamson spent working in India for the clothing store Monsoon. He counts celebrities such as Cat Deeley, Sienna Miller, Kelis, Jade Jagger and Plum Sykes amongst his friends, but has often been criticised by others in the fashion industry for using them to promote his designs.
Michael Kors designed his first collection for a boutique in New York City at the young age of nineteen. The success of his first line prompted Kors to create his own label, and in 1981 the Michael Kors label was formed. His vision was to create chic, luxurious American sportswear, and since his collection was established, he has never strayed.
The story of Missoni's now-legendary patterned knits of zigzags, waves, and stripes began in 1948 when founders Rosita and Ottavio met at the Olympic games in London (he was a runner and designed the Italian team's uniforms, while she was there studying English). They opened a small knitwear workshop in Gallarate, Italy, after marrying in 1953. By 1965, legendary editor Anna Piaggi took a liking to the designing couple and their bold, geometric patterns, and helped boost their credibility to international status.
Mulberry is a British fashion company known for its luxury leather goods. The company was founded in 1971 by Roger Saul and his mother Joan,and in 1973 they opened a factory in Chilcompton, Somerset, England. Mulberry established itself as a British lifestyle brand, noted for its leather poacher bags including the binocular bag and despatch bag. Mulberry's range now includes womenswear, menswear, and most recently, footwear for women. Mulberry has stores throughout the UK and all over the world including Europe, America and Asia.
Nanette Lepore has taken her boho childhood and used it as inspiration for her critically acclaimed designs. Launched in 1992, her gypsy-influenced designs are feminine and youthful. The looks are full of bold colors and bright prints, with ruffles and lace that manage to look good-time-girly but not overly frilly. Lepore has also branched out into shoe and fragrance design.
Narciso Rodriguez launched hisline in 1997. His sleek, ultramodern collections combine clean colors and strict lines with luxurious fabrics. His notion of femininity abandons frills and excess in favor of strappy, streamlined ease. Embraced by red-carpet staples and dress-to-impress socialites, the line excels at slinky eveningwear as well as daywear with a slightly mod vibe. In 2008, Rodriguez parted ways with backer Liz Claiborne and went the independent route.
Nine West Group has put its footprints all over the shoe industry. The top designer and marketer of fashionable women's shoes sells footwear, clothing, and accessories through more than 420 of its own retail and outlet stores and in department, specialty, and independent shoe stores in the US. Nine West also licenses its name for stores outside the US. The footwear firm makes and markets its shoes and accessories under several brand names. These include Nine West, Easy Spirit, Bandolino, and Enzo Angiolini. Nine West is owned by Jones Apparel Group, which acquired the company in 1999.
Patricia Field is an American Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award winning costume designer, stylist and fashion designer. Field has been in constant demand by some high society clientele and some of her designs have become well-known. Her television credits include Hope & Faith and Ugly Betty. She served as costume designer for the feature film The Devil Wears Prada, for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Costume Design.
Founded in 1980, Perry Ellis built its reputation with casual, elegant sportswear designed specifically for the affluent American male. The collection quickly grew to include womenswear, and by the mid-eighties, the Perry Ellis brand was synonymous with sophisticated, preppy style. When Marc Jacobs took the reins of the women's division after Ellis's death in 1986, tightly knit polo shirts and cable-knit cashmere sweaterdresses gave way to grunge. Today, under the direction of John Crocco, Perry Ellis still aims to embody a classic look.
Phat Farm is a national fashion line created by hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons, the co-founder of the Def Jam record label in 1992. The fashion line is an upscale mix of sporty urban fashions with the classic Ivy League preppy style. For example, argyle sweaters are paired with baggy jeans and crisp white sneakers. Phat Farm expanded to include Baby Phat, a brand that encompasses womens-wear, as well as a line of eyeglasses, fragrances and children's clothing.
Prada. The name alone signifies style and luxury, designer handbags and fabulous shoes. Born nearly a century ago, The House of Prada is recognized worldwide for its simple and elegant creations.
Proenza Schouler's shoe collection is known for sculpted architectural heels, luxurious materials and unique, eye-catching embellishments. The fashion-forward styles have earned Proenza Schouler a loyal celebrity following. Fashion lovers worldwide have fallen in love with the imaginative, innovative and irresistible Proenza Schouler designs.
Rachel Roy's first job in fashion was at a Contempo Casuals clothing outlet in her hometown at age 14. After college, she came to New York City, where she worked as a stylist for magazines and music videos. Rachel Roy became an intern at the urban fashion line Rocawear, where she rose to become creative director of the women's and children's divisions and also met her future husband. In 2005 she launched her own eponymous fashion collection. In early 2006 Rachel Roy received a Bollywood industry award for her contribution to American fashion.
Lebanese-born Reem Acra launched her eponymous bridal line in 1997 in New York. With detailed beadwork and embroidery, her romantic dresses soon earned a cult following among upmarket bridal shoppers. The brand has since expanded to include an evening-gown and RTW collection with an old-world feel and has shown up on the red carpet as a favorite of celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, and Halle Berry.
Rocawear is a clothing line created in 1999 by Jay-Z and Damon Dash. Rocawear expanded its brand through licensing agreements to develop lines for children and juniors; socks and sandals; leather, suede, and fur outerwear; handbags and belts; lounge wear; big and tall; headwear; jewelry; and sunglasses. In March 2007, Jay-Z sold the rights to the Rocawear brand to Iconix Brand Group. Jay-Z will retain his stake in the company and will continue to oversee the marketing, licensing, and product development.
Andrea Bernholtz launched this leather and denim brand with designer Michael Ball in 2002. Amid a sea of blues, Rock & Republic has developed a cult following, becoming one of the most recognizable names in the jean-sphere. The brand has expanded with a full ready-to-wear collection, as well as beauty, eyewear, handbags, maternity, and shoe lines, and has plans for its first three freestanding stores in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York.
Roger Vivier was a French fashion designer who specialized in shoes. His best known creation was the Stiletto heel. He designed extravagant richly-decorated shoes that he described as sculptures. He is credited with the design of the first stiletto heel in 1954. Stiletto heels were certainly around in the late 1800s as numerous fetish drawings attest, but Vivier is known for reviving and developing this opulent style by using a thin rod of steel.
St. John is an upscale, luxury American brand for formal wear, founded in 1962 by Robert and Marie Gray. Headquartered in Irvine, California, the brand has its collections and styles sold in specialty stores in 29 countries and 31 company-owned retail boutiques in the US. Beginning in Spring of 2006, Angelina Jolie became the new face and spokeswoman for St. John.
Stuart Weitzman is the designer of the international, high-end shoe company, Stuart Weitzman. Stuart Weitzman's trademark use of unique materials (e.g., cork, vinyl, lucite, wallpaper, and 24-karat gold), and his attention to detail, garnered him and his company a global following. His shoes are sold in 45 countries. Weitzman began designing shoes for his father's business in the early 1960s, when he was in his 20s. They sold the business to a company in Spain in 1972, but Stuart continued to design shoes for the company. In 1994, he bought back the business, but continues to manufacture his shoe designs in Spain.
t-bags started in 2001 as a handbag line after Shadi, a graduate of Boston University, and Su-Lyn, a graduate of Nottingham University in the United Kingdom, met while completing post-graduate degrees in merchandising and product development at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. They both recognized that there was a lack of affordable yet inventive lines and so, while still in school, they began transforming vintage fabrics, suede and upholstery into stylish, chic and distinctive handbags. Quickly, they began selling to upscale boutiques and department stores, and since then it has evolved into an in-demand clothing line that still reflects their original mission..
Alice Temperley launched Temperley London in 2000 and the label has since veered in a romantic direction and has come to include the Temperley London Black Label, a line of dresses made for the red carpet and a bridal collection. Temperley London has since launched an accessories collection, which includes handbags and sunglasses, and opened up stand-alone boutiques in London, New York, and Los Angeles.
Tom Ford opened the fashion house, Tom Ford, following his departure from Gucci and YSL. Ford began with accessories; his line of eyewear was the first to become successful through a continuing partnership with Marcolin SPA. The Tom Ford line now covers Menswear, Beauty, Eyewear, and both Men and Women's Accessories. In 2006, he also established a fragrance line called Tom Ford Beauty. In early 2006, Ford attracted media attention for appearing fully clothed on the cover of Vanity Fair alongside Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson, both nude.
In 1989, TSE the cashmere label, was founded by Augustine Tse, supporting an idea that this luxury yarn, up to that point, had been greatly under-utilized. The objective of the company was to incorporate this incredible material into all aspects of one's life and make it more accessible to a broader audience. It was this modern adaptation of the traditional commodity that forever changed the luxury cashmere business.
Valentino includes the following brands: Valentino, Valentino Garavani, Valentino Roma e R.E.D. Valentino. It operates in the upper end of the fashion and luxury market, offering exclusive products in the couture, ready-to-wear, designer, diffusion and bridge segments. Its image of glamour, exclusivity and strong style make Valentino a brand well known for the sophistication and elegance of its creations.
One of the world's most notable Italian fashion houses, the House of Versace, began with a simple yet pure love deep within its founder's heart. As a young man, Gianni Versace began his fashion career working with his mother. From pattern buyer to dressmaker to designer, Versace was a quick study in these and many other areas. It was only about six years from starting as a paid ready-to-wear designer in Milan that he designed and launched his very own collection in the same city, bearing his now famous name. The House of Versace was born.
Victoria Beckham has become better recognized as an international style icon, rather than a music artist. Beckham designed a limited-edition fashion line for Rock & Republic called VB Rocks in 2004, consisting mainly of jeans for the high end of the market. After Beckham's departure from Rock & Republic, in September 2006, she furthered her fashion ventures when she launched her own label of which she acts as creative director.
Von Dutch is an American multinational clothing company named after artist Kenny Howard. After Howard's death in 1992, his daughters sold the Von Dutch name to Michael Cassel and Robert Vaughn. The Von Dutch company is now a multinational clothing and accessories company, owned by Tonny Sorensen since 2001.
Yves Saint Laurent frequently uses ethnic themes in his garments, as well as bright colors contrasted with black. His day clothes have a slightly masculine flavor, and his luxurious evening wear is tinged with fantasy. He is famous for "Le Smoking" tuxedo jacket, see-through blouses (1968), peasant blouses, bolero jackets, pantsuits, and smocks. Although a shy person, Saint Laurent believes he is the last true couturier. He maintains the highest standards of classic cut and tailoring, and he receives a standing ovation after every collection is presented.