Our favorite American fashion designers
With the London Summer Games upon us, we wanted to have a little fun with fashion and hold a medal ceremony of our own to honor our favorite American designers. Team USA has tons of promising fashion contenders, as well as quite a few seasoned vets. Who will take home the gold this summer? Read on to find out!
Alice + Olivia
I’m obsessed with the adorable Ashley Hebert’s (former Bachelorette) fashion sense.
So as a result, I am just as obsessed with Alice + Olivia. Alice + Olivia was created by fashion designer Stacey Bendet, a down-to-earth chick who lives a life of fun and fantasy. Have you seen her blog? Check it out -- it is one of my favorites! If I had to guess her mission statement, I would say it is to never stop creating the perfect pieces to make others say, "Where did she get that?!" Alice + Olivia's mod looks can be worn together for a jaw-dropping ensemble or as separates to add in as part of your everyday wardrobe.
World traveler Prabal Gurung hunkered down in New York City to launch his first collection during New York Fashion Week in February 2009. Since then, his vision has flourished and has manifested itself on influential ladies like Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. If I had to describe his designs in one word, it would be empowering. He loves slyly showing off the subtle sexiness of the shoulders, sides or tops of the thighs with his geometric cuts. He then adds in feathers, metallic, lace, ruffles, ropes and fur all together in ways that are fun but still retain their purpose: to make a woman feel gorgeous. His collections are like straight from a celestial dream, consistent yet never boring. Every one of his designs is breathtaking, and this makes him a must-watch American designer.
Known for his plaids and polos, Ralph Lauren is an iconic American fashion designer. And even though he is currently under fire for outsourcing this summer’s U.S. Olympic uniform designs to be manufactured in China, Ralph Lauren still makes my list and here’s why. Of course he consistently hosts good runway shows, and his fall cabin-couture looks and his spring hot-Hamptons attire will never get old to me. But, it's the fact that while doing all of this, he also set out to create two of the most amazing wedding dresses for his daughter, Dylan, and daughter-in-law, Laura Bush. Looking at both of these oh-so-different wedding dresses, you know it was no easy task to take on! Ralph, you're still my man!
Watch: Summer Games fashion
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