I was asked today by Sophia Triantafillou, EDITOR of Emirates Woman Magazine, who my favourite designers are…For many reasons I often don’t state particular designers by name, instead, I find pieces that talk to me, that reach out and grab my attention for one reason or another, and quite often, these are by an eclectic collection of designers.
I did however offer an answer, I stated my style icons of inspiration and some designers were touched upon.
Who are your favourite designers, and why?
Always with a relevant and touching theme, Mcqueen delves deeper than other designers. His key pieces, right now – for me, include the skull print scarf and skull and jeweled clutch purse.
His pieces, worn by celebrities such as David Bowie, Björk, Lady Gaga and Rihanna, win him critical acclaim for his originality and quirkiness. Yet his structures are also very bold, tailored and dare I say it…Corporate in its basic format.
A fan of his ‘bumsters’ (who wouldn’t want an instantly smaller bottom in appearance!?), I appreciate his dedication and focus on the female form and his ability to dress it stylishly, chicly and with a certain edge often missing in other pieces.
From humble beginning, McQueen’s work reflects that of someone possessing a certain amount of streetsavvy, and I think that comes across in the wear ability, practicability, yet funkiness of his clothing.
Dressing ‘the McQueen way’, however, isn’t about trying to beat the ‘competition’ by wearing the most trendiest outfit you can lay your hands on. Instead, it’s about choosing your moment to stand out from the crowd.
It’s about knowing how and when to make a statement. And I respect this greatly.
I kind of like it the way it is right now, … I believe in that one-on-one sell. I don’t really believe in flooding the market with loads of goods that don’t mean much, and (you) lose your identity. Alexander McQueen
Quirky, fun, bright and young are all words I use to describe Anna Sui’s pieces. Often boho mixed with party-glam in all its glory, Sui’s pieces reflect the innocence and fun connected to clothes and why we wear them. Plus, her website is adorable! And I have one of her ‘little doll’ visuals as my FireFox add-on Persona!
If you’re going to live with it, you have to love it, … Everything that comes into my apartment, I have to use. Anna Sui
However cliché it may be to feature Chanel here, you can’t argue that it rightfully deserves a place.
Classic and timeless are definitely two words that describe Chanel’s overall theme. A certain amount of luxury exudes just the logo, vintage, beautiful and chic.
Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. Coco Chanel
Although perhaps a little too structured and stern for my everyday preference. Victoria Beckham’s form-fitting, ultra-flattering range is elegant and glamorous.
“I’ve always been drawn to structured designs that enhance and flatter the shape of a woman’s silhouette”. Victoria Beckham