When I discussed the many switches fashion designers have made amongst labels lately, I noticed that the overpowering majority of designers in power positions are men. There are plenty of talented women in the industry, but it seems like most of the coveted power players are men. This striking imbalance seems outdated today, especially in an industry that caters mainly to women; why are our fashionable fates still being dictated by men? I'm celebrating the very talented women who are at the very top of their fashion game.
Diane Von Furstenburg
Since popularizing the iconic wrap dress in the early 1970's, Diane Von Furstenburg has remained a household name and continued to produce work that keeps her at the top of the fashion world. Her colorful prints and fabrics are the centerpiece of each design, giving classic silhouettes and must-have pieces a standout element coveted by all.
While Stella McCartney may have originally been known for her famous parents, Sir Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney, her prolific fashion career has made her a force to reckon with on her own. McCartney brings an animal-friendly element to her design work, as she publically opposes the use of fur and leather in fashion, but her garments have in no way suffered. Her bold and poppy designs keep her a celebrity favorite, and along with her work for Chloé, she is continually recognized and shows no signs of slowing down.
Donna Karan just announced that she's leaving her eponymous label to focus on DKNY, which is bittersweet news for shoppers and fans alike. DKNY, her inexpensive sister label, has grown tremendously in success and fame over the years. Karan is beloved because she does not only cater to the younger women of fashion, but appeals to a range of ages and tastes, from more conservative of style to young, fresh, and fun.
Laura and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte
Sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy are somewhat new in the fashion world, emerging in 2005. Since the inception of their hauntingly romantic line, the sisters pour meticulously over every detail of every dress, which is why they are left with such intricate products. The Mulleavys have designed for many collaborations, including with Target, Gap, and Superga, and their work has been met with consistent critical acclaim and recognition.
Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen
When beloved designer Alexander McQueen took his own life in 2010 to the shock and grief of many, fashion audiences did not know who would inherit the avant-garde artist's legacy. Since Sarah Burton has arrived as the new creative director, she has exceeded all expectations in carrying on his daring artistic vision. Burton has been named on Time's list of 100 most influential people, and is celebrated for doing the unthinkable and succeeding in keeping a top fashion line as innovative as ever.
Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig of Marchesa
Chapman and Craig, design partners for Marchesa, have mastered high-end womenswear, churning out look after look that is each red carpet-worthy to say the least. Their glamorous, feminine gowns maintain a sophistication and elegance without being resistant to trends or innovation.
Miuccia Prada took over the Prada family line in 1978, and has not dropped the ball since. Her work reflects a knowledge and fascination with the arts, producing an ecclectic mix of standalone statement pieces and sleek staples, both of which are equally coveted by fashion lovers. Today, Prada remains one of the top designer labels, and Prada's sister label Miu Miu is not far behind.
Pheobe Philo of Céline (previously Chloé)
Pheobe Philo started off at Chloé as a design assistant to Stella McCartney, where she gained recognition for her design talent. After moving to Céline in 2008, Philo has been praised for her clean lines and ability to produce artistically influenced garments that are ready-to-wear all the same.
This is just a mere selection of the powerful women of fashion; I hope to continue my list and remind you all of the minority on top of the fashion game!