Most Famous French Fashion Designers
French fashion designers have always been looked up to by everyone around the world. One of the leading countries in the industry of fashion, they have always remained to be a big part of the French culture and lifestyle. Well known for always looking chic and dressing up well, French men and women are considered to be the most fashionable people on the planet.
With this sensibility and an innate skill for great taste, it’s no wonder that French fashion designers have ruled the fashion world.
Here are 5 of France’s most highly known and successful fashion designers and fashion houses:
Credited for liberating women from the restricted corset silhouettes of the 19th century, Coco Chanel was the designer and founder of fashion house Chanel. She popularized the sporty, casual chic look of the post World War I era, when women were heavily covered in Victorian garb. Today, Chanel is a highly coveted fashion brand that has included haute couture, jewelry, handbags, accessories, and the brand’s most iconic product – the Chanel No. 5 fragrance.
Yves Saint Laurent
Considered to be one of the greatest names in fashion, Yves Saint Laurent is credited in the fashion world as the innovative designer behind the tuxedo suits for women, the beatnik look in the sixties, the safari jacket for both men and women, and for using non-European inspirations in his clothes. The first French designer to launch a full RTW line during his time, the YSL fashion house today is a brand that is synonymous with elegance and luxury.
One of the most influential designers during her heyday in the 20’s and 30’s, Jeanne Lanvin was an exceptional couturiere who had a global and modern approach to her clothes. She was highly skilful in intricate trimmings, exquisite embroidery, and beaded details in floral and bright colors, which became her highly recognized trademark. Today, the Lanvin fashion house is one of the most looked-up to brands in France, with its complete line of apparel, accessories, perfume, and jewelry.
A French designer with Italian roots, Nina Ricci was born Maria Nielli, who worked for a fashion house for 20 years before opening her own fashion brand in 1932, together with her son Robert Ricci. Beginning as an apprentice at only 13, she soon became a talented designer who, when starting her fashion house, created gowns that were refined and romantic. Defined as being always feminine, Nina Ricci, the brand, has expanded to leather goods and accessories, as well as perfumes, but still offering their one-of-a-kind couture gowns made in Paris.
A French designer with Russian and Romanian roots, Sonia Rykiel is dubbed as the “Queen of Knits.” She single-handedly reinvented knitwear from being drabby oversized pieces of clothing to fashionable pieces that the fashion world has completely embraced. She started with a piece of knit sweater that she had customized for herself when she was pregnant, which was later featured on the cover of Elle magazine, catapulting her to fashion stardom. At over 80 years old, she is still coming up with collections every year with a style that celebrates the much –adored Parisian style – chic,sexy, casual, fluid, and elegant.