Meet the world’s best designers

5 years ago

Meet the designers behind some of the world’s most legendary fashion houses…. plus a few who are paving their own way.

Isabel Marant

Famous for her eponymous fashion line, Marant is the master of French, bohemian chic. She pioneered the “cool girl” uniform of such style stars as Sienna Miller and Alexa Chung with her luxurious lounge wear, sweatshirts and expertly cut military jackets. Oh, and the ubiquitous wedge sneakers we all know and love? Merci, Isabel!

"You can't put together a formula for how to look gorgeous - it's a question of personality. You shouldn't just become a hanger for a label."

Sarah Burton, creative director for Alexander McQueen

SarahBurton bears the bittersweet honor of succeeding her mentor and friend, Alexander McQueen, as creative director of his London-based fashion house. A highly honored designer in her own right, Burton has received the prestigious Designer of the Year award from the British Fashion Awards, and an Order of the British Empire by the Queen. And, you might recall a little white dress Burton made in 2011 for a young bride named Kate Middleton.

Raf Simons, creative director for Christian Dior

RafBelgian designer Simons honed his skills at Jil Sander during the minimalism of the mid 1990s, eventually taking over creative direction at Dior after the disgraceful departure of John Galliano. Critics agree Simons is bringing back the mood of the early days of Dior in the 1950s with his ladylike, refined aesthetic.