As the world becomes an ever more affluent place, the world
of women’s fashion has grown in leaps and bounds. It is no longer about
pandering to the whims of the traditional fashion capitals of the world, the
likes of New York, London and Millan. The consumer culture has caught on around
the globe. The following list pays homage to the 5 most influential women’s fashion designers
of our age.
1. Miuccia Prada
The quintessential Italian queen of style has mesmerized
many with her minimalist designs which nonetheless have offered fashion
inspiration to many for well over a generation. The chief designer at the Prada
fashion house may be in her sixties but she is still as creatively prodigious
as ever. It is testament to her enduring sense of style that in 2013 The
Guardian listed her as one of the top 50 best dressed women over 50 years of
age. And in 2014, Forbes listed Miuccia Prada as the 75th most powerful woman in
2. Christian Louboutin
When it comes to designer shoes, there are few names which
can claim the same pedigree as Christian Louboutin’s. With over 20 years worth
of creative genius, Louboutin has churned out masterful creations which women
of style all over the world crave and cherish in equal measure. Although not as
well known as his shoes, Louboutin’s signature women’s bags are testament to
creative elegance quite unlike any other. With fame and fortune attending his
illustrious career, the French fashion prodigy is certain to continue on offering
objects of desire to women of style for many years to come.
3. Phoebe Philo
Phoebe Philo is currently the creative director at the old
French Fashion house, Celine. Her creative genius has served to reinvent the
iconic label and she is redefining the style of a modern woman with
quintessential pieces and fashion accessories. Her growing influence has won
her honors from the British monarchy and she was also named one of Time
magazine’s world’s 100 most influential people. She was named the International
Designer of the Year by the CFDA in 2011 and also won the British Designer of
the year twice (2005 and 2010).
4. Donatella Versace
It is not easy being the sibling of a prodigious creative
designer but Donatella Versace has taken the expectations laid on her with easy
grace and exceptional flair to boot. After her brother Gianni was murdered in
1997, Donatella took over the reins of the Versace brand and has taken the
iconic brand to new heights of fashion excellence. Under her leadership, she
has made certain the Versace brand is the most sought after label in top
centers of fashion from Milan to New York.
5. Donna Karan
Donna Karan, affectionately known as DK, is undoubtedly the
greatest women’s fashion designer alive today. Donna Karan began her fashion
career in the 1960s and has gone on to be very influential to the modern day.
Her ‘Seven Easy Pieces’, a collection of seven fashion items which could always
be mixed and matched became a signature trademark of her creative genius. She
created the DKNY (Donna Karan New York) line targeted at younger women in 1988.
While she quit the CEO position at DKNY in 1997, she continued working as a