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Designing the globe

Despite what part of the Earth an individual may come from, creativity and imagination are the languages that bond the world of fashion together. Across the globe, a multitude of unique designers have extended their reach beyond their roots, transforming themselves into household names. Here are 10 of my favorite designers who have distinguished themselves due to their unparalleled originality.

Elie Saab

From originally designing wedding gowns to dressing A-list celebrities, the empire of Elie Saab has withstood the test of time. The Lebanese designer debuted his first collection at just 18-years-old during a time where Beirut was in the midst of war. Since then, Saab’s designs have been a staple of class and elegance, creating legendary looks such as Halle Berry’s burgundy dress she wore to the Oscars in 2002.

Guo Pei

Born in China, Guo Pei is one of the most brilliant crafters the industry has ever seen. Incorporating a modern twist to her traditional Chinese heritage, she would create elaborate pieces such as Rihanna’s intricate, yellow ensemble that she wore to the Met Gala in 2015. As one of the most influential designers in the world, Pei has maintained a legacy of extraordinary craftsmanship that can’t be duplicated.

Iris van Herpen

Gaining inspiration from architecture, human anatomy and the elements of nature, Dutch designer Iris van Herpen intertwines these concepts creating multi-dimensional designs as ethereal as they come. Details such as the shape and movement of the body have influenced van Herpen’s distinctive approach to her collections. Instilled in all her pieces is the element of fluidity, transforming ordinary garments into enchanting designs.

LaQuan Smith

In spite of being denied by fashion schools FIT and Parsons, LaQuan Smith would not let these setbacks deter him from becoming the superstar fashion designer that he is today. Making his official debut in 2013, the New York native’s designs have become regulars on the red carpet worn by elite clientele. Thanks to his resilience and authenticity reflected throughout his collections, Smith has rightfully stuck his claim in the industry, increasing his power throughout the years.

Ralph and Russo

London-based designers Ralph and Russo are known for their timeless creations and are established as one of the most notable names in couture. Founded by Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, the renowned duo’s designs embody the true essence of grace and style. The fashion house has produced unforgettable looks such as the embellished, white dress worn by model Leila Nda on the runway during their Spring 2020 Couture Fashion Show.

Roberto Cavalli

Hailing from Florence, Italy, prolific fashion designer Roberto Cavalli has been unstoppable for over half a century. Known for fusing animal prints with fabrics such as denim and leather, these unlikely pairings were created as the signature style of the noted luxury fashion brand.

Omar Salam

Naming his brand after his late mother, Omar Salam created Sukeina specifically for women's clothing. Born in Senegal and spending most of his childhood traveling and exploring Europe, Salam continues to push the boundaries with his progressive approach while maintaining elegance.

Tony Ward

Lebanese fashion designer Tony Ward is well known for his quality tailoring and refined designs. After gaining experience in Paris, the visionary established his own self-titled company launching exclusive showrooms in Moscow and Paris. Through his rare artistry and craftsmanship, Ward has consistently been in high demand, including royal families across the world.

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Representing the epitome of glamor and mystique, Versace has reigned as one of the most acclaimed luxury brands over the past several decades. Founded by Gianni Versace in 1978, the Italian fashion house rose to prominence providing fresh takes on their signature look season after season. After the devastating passing of her brother, Donatella Versace has continued the maison’s legacy with nothing left to prove.

Zuhair Murad

Opening his first atelier in 1997, Zuhair Murad is notorious for his intricate designs and exceptional tailoring. Born in Lebanon, the esteemed designer is best known for crafting celestial designs featuring rich embroidery with stores across the globe, including Istanbul and London.

Every single one of these designers is a leading example that no cultural or language barrier stops authenticity and vision from translating through their creations.


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