Tunisian-born couturier and shoe designer Azzedine Alaïa is revered for body con designs that sculpt women’s silhouettes. Intricate footwear, statement bags and laser-cut belts are his signature showstoppers. The classicist studied sculpture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and the fuchsia, hooded bandage creation that Grace Jones wore in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill was one of his many that defined the ’80s Parisian aesthetic.
His eponymous label is renowned for its urban downtown style and grunge rock that belies an exquisite tailoring. His slouchy rolled-out-of-bed feel caught the eye of Balenciaga, where he also holds a role as creative director. Wang is a firm celebrity favourite.
Delicately embroidered gowns in signature shades of gold sum up the work of this Lebanese fashion designer. Fluttery lace appliqué, mink detail, tulle, crepe de chine and jewel tones inspired by ancient Byzantine Palaces make this a romantic, fairy tale brand to fall in love with. Born and raised in Beirut, Saab rose to fame in 2002 when Halle Berry wore his red gown to receive her Oscar award, making him the first Lebanese designer to dress an Oscar winner.
Linen jersey tees, ‘Dicker’ ankle boots and no make-up, Isabel Marant makes clothes that blend seamlessly into women’s wardrobes, with an undone-done look that ladies love, and the kind of French effortless cool you can buy into. Her autumn/winter 2015 runway was defined by lean silhouettes with high-rise pants, skirts shaped by curved waistbands and admiral buttons. But her classic breton stripes, bold ikat prints and wedge sneakers remain much-loved staples.
Who knew fresh-faced American child stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen would launch a gothic ultra-luxe label whose use of crocodile skin and fur would inspire the Miss Havisham look for young women the world over? Somehow, unwashed waves and demure, oversized coats have never looked so good. We love the outsized, soft leather handbags.
She never smiles in public, but Victoria Beckham has the last laugh. She’s a study in style transformation; her days as Posh Spice usurped by a sparkling career as a Vogue cover girl and serious designer. Her sleek silhouettes, asymmetric necklines and elegant draping win plaudits from Anna Wintour and numerous celebrities.