a closer look at the most coveted names in fashion
The designer showed his first collection in 2007 and received immediate recognition for his supreme craftsmanship and unparalleled attention to detail. His distinctly sophisticated aesthetic has caught the eyes of effortlessly stylish women, such as First Lady Michelle Obama.
“I live by the motto ‘quality over quantity’ so the heart and soul of my designs lies in their craftsmanship and timeless quality.”
Since 2005, Giambattista Valli has consistently created collections that break all the rules — think experimental silhouettes that blend sharp lines with ladylike flourishes and hi-fi hues. His pieces are a fixture on red carpets for their elegant drama.
“I like things that are kind of eclectic, when one thing doesn’t go with another. That’s why I love Rome. It has a touch of everything. That’s my style, and that’s what my work is about.”
After collaborating at some of the world's top fashion houses, Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco created KAUFMANFRANCO in 2004. The line is marked by sensual cuts that at first seem simple. A closer look reveals more thoughtful elements like lush fabrics and a supreme attention to fit. The result: a collection designed to captivate.
“Our clothes are always made for the woman who rides the stylish line between refinement and rebellion.”
—Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco
Known for his use of feminine fabrics, calculated simplicity and luxurious construction, Derek Lam has been a fashion industry staple for nearly 15 years. The former Michael Kors designer similarly gives American sportswear a modern twist season after season.
“The Fall 2015 collection is a modern interpretation of American style designed for the individualist woman with a cut-to-the-quick elegance.”