10 iconic fashion designers showing during NY fashion week
February 4: Diane von Furstenberg: Bursting on the fashion scene in the mid-70s when she sold 5 million wrap dresses, von Furstenberg went on to create and sell cosmetics, books, home furnishings, launch a French-language publishing house, become a pioneer in TV shopping and served as a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. Her line is now geared to a younger, more sophisticated customer and includes soft separates and accessories.
February 5: Carolina Herrera: Born in Venezuela, Herrera founded her company in 1980 after being on the International Best Dressed list for over a decade. Bringing her personal style and intrinsic good taste to her work, Herrera is known for classic easy elegance that appeals to tasteful women of all ages. Marc Jacobs: Currently the artistic director for Louis Vuitton, a position he assumed in 1997, Jacobs also designs for his own clothing labels, Marc Jacobs and the less expensive diffusion line Marc By Marc Jacobs (which he created in 2000). His handbags as well as clothes are extremely popular among hip young Hollywood and Jacobs is never afraid to push the envelope and present collections going against current trend. Nicknamed “The Guru of Grunge” by Women’s Wear Daily, Jacobs is known for layered looks, oversize prints, bows and buttons.
February 6: Derek Lam: After graduating from Parsons School of Design, Lam worked under mentor Michael Kors for 12 years before launching his own line in 2005. Lam’s collections reflect a precise classic silhouette and a simple sophistication. Known for feminine, dainty and lady-like designs, Lam is immensely popular with well-dressed ladies from coast to coast. Narciso Rodriguez: Known for structured but sensuous designs, Rodriguez began his career as a designer with the Cerruti label in Paris, and went on to work for Donna Karan and Calvin Klein in their respective brands. Rodriguez obtained international fame when Carolyn Bessette asked him to design her wedding dress. Two years later, in 1988, Rodriguez launched his own label and has since been a two-time winner of the CFDA Best Designer award.
February 8: Vera Wang: After a 16 year tenure at Vogue here she was senior fashion editor, Wang served as a design director for Ralph Lauren before bringing high-fashion to the bridal market. Branding a signature look of flowing, elegant, and feminine ready-to-wear, Wang made a successful transition from preeminent luxury bridal designer into a highly sought after ready-to-wear designer. Wang has now expanded into fragrance, fine jewelry, eyewear, footwear and a home collection that capture her vision for the future. Francisco Costa: The current creative director for Calvin Klein Collection for women, Costa was recently named CFDA’s Womenswear Designer of the Year. Brazilian born Costa is known for his skilful tailoring and attention to minute detailing on dresses ranging from power suits to chiffon gowns. Zac Posen: Known as much for his charismatic charm and young Hollywood following as for his bias-cut nostalgic and sweeping evening gowns, Posen was backed by Sean Combs in 2004. His internship at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute seems to have influenced his work, which is often draped or ruffled and elaborately constructed with a nod to the 30s siren.
February 9: Donna Karan: Karan designed for Anne Klein before founding her own company in 1985. She was quickly known for her Essential Line, which offered seven easy pieces every woman should have. The Essential Line has expanded to 200 essential pieces, and along the way, Karan launched DKNY, which caters to the needs of young modern women living in the city. Chado Ralph Rucci: The first American in fifty years (since Mainbocher) to be invited to show his couture line with the Paris Haute Couture collections, where he has showed regularly since, Rucci is a master of construction. Rucci’s ready-to-wear line is called Chado Ralph Rucci, after the Japanese tea ceremony, which is reflected in the quiet grace of his exquisitely crafted collections.