Top Haute Couture Fashion Houses
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Fashion follow-up ladies! And this one is not just about shoes, it is fashion period! These top designers are known all over the world for their creative couture. Some have been around for decades getting more trendier every year, while some have that newbie vibe but a brilliant reputation. Either way, their label is loved by many, they are legendary, and inspiration to wannabe fashion icons. Whatever your taste and style may be, I am sure there is a designer perfect for you!
From makeup, to handbags, to fragrances and clothes, Chanel is everywhere. Founded by Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, this is a French fashion house located in Paris. Dresses, suits, and costume jewelry were her specialties. She was also a singer where she gained her nickname Coco. Chanel took fashion to a whole new level with her casual elegance flair. But what she mostly became famous for was her "little black dress," such a common piece was made a masterpiece by her. Marilyn Monroe brought her famous perfume Chanel No. 5 to fame!
The recent suicide of this fantastic designer has hit the hearts of many who loved him dearly. He is most recently seen as the fabulous designer in which Kate Middleton made tribute to on her wedding day by wearing a dress designed by his label. And those creative, talked-about pieces Lady Gaga wears? All Alexander McQueen.
Named Britain's most famous young designer, he earned his masters degree in fashion design where his career sky rocketed from there. He was the chief designer of French fashion house Givenchy before leaving and creating his own Alexander McQueen label at Gucci. Later he was made a Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II herself! Despite his success, McQueen was having love troubles and had a hard time coping with his mother's death. In 2010, he commited suicide by hanging the day before his mother's funeral. His longtime assistant Sarah Burton took over as director.
I think there is beauty in everything. What "normal" people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.— Alexander McQueen
Headed by Miuccia Prada, Miu Miu is a highly trendy brand straight out of the Prada fashion house. It is Prada's nickname and the label holds many famous spokesmodels. Miuccia Prada took over her grandfather's, Mario Prada, business in Italian leather in 1978, and transformed it into what Miu Miu is today. Her designs are eccentric, nerdy, and yet fabulously chic. Miuccia, who was trained in political science, has an intellectual talent of coming up with impossible color schemes, patterns, geometrically cut shapes, and presents her fabric in revolutionary ways, is what has made her label a multi-billion-dollar name. She also makes backpacks, turbans, dirndls, and anoraks!
Created by the Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga in 1918, this fashion house and label has quite the reputation. Christian Dior himself named him "the master of us all." He was known for his odd, yet fashionable bubble skirts. When Balenciaga opened his first boutique in Spain, royals wore his designs, but due to the Spanish Civil War, he was forced to close and he then moved to Paris.
When opening his first boutique there in 1937, it was instant success for Balenciaga. He became known for his "square coat", while people were risking their safety in WWII just to travel to Europe and see his clothing. Later in his career, he tweaked his designs and started liking more heavier fabrics, intricate embroidery, and his use of bold materials. Balenciaga designed the wedding dress for Queen Fabiola of Belgium in 1960 but that was not all of his famous and royal clients. Jackie Kennedy herself famously upset John F. Kennedy when she would buy Balenciaga's expensive line during his Presidency. He was afraid the American public would view them as spending to lavishly. Therefore, her expensive bills then became discreetly paid by Joseph Kennedy, her father-in-law. Balenciaga closed his fashion house doors in 1968 and a few short years later in 1972, he died. Although the house remained closed for a time, it was picked up by Jacques Bogart, but is now owned by the French multinational company PPR, a Gucci Group.
The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price has faded from memory.— Gucci
This Italian fashion house was created by Guccio Gucci in Florence, Italy in 1921. This brand is one of the very top of the line out there and earns billions and billions in revenue worldwide. It is hard to go anywhere without seeing or hearing about Gucci. Since the beginning of the 19th century, the brand has been one of the most successful companies of quality leather goods and clothing. Gucci was inspired by the luxe luggage he seen guests with while working in the hotel business. Alongside his sons, Aldo Gucci, Vasco Gucci, and Rodolfo Gucci, he expanded his business to include more boutiques throughout Italy. His signature pattern of the double G symbol adorns his luggage, handbags, and shoes including his iconic loafer. The loafer is also the only shoe featured in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Gucci was born in 1881 and died in 1953. Since then, Aldo and Rodolfo took over the business and became established in New York City, but by the 1980s, family disputes threatened to tear the company apart. Rodolfo's son Maurizio took it over after his father's death in 1983 and cut out his Uncle Aldo. He was unsuccessful at the business and was forced to sell the company to a Bahrain-based company in 1988. In 1995, however, Maurizio was murdered in Milan and his wife was convicted of hiring his killers. Today, Frida Giannini is now the sole Creative Director.
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There you have it, the first installment of the best of the best out there. With the Fashion Week season approaching, there will be plenty of talk of these designers and their collections. There are many more prestigious designers out there who do make the list. Another article coming soon! Have a label that you think should make the list? Comment down below and let me know!
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