Coco Chanel in 1965, TT.

Coco Chanel in 1965, TT.

The 10 best-dressed designers

Considering they’re responsible for the trends we see on the catwalks, you would think that fashion designers are a well-dressed bunch, right? Correct! Here, our top 10.

1. CAROLINA HERRERA
Growing up in Venezuela with fashion in the family, Carolina Herrera spent her teens collecting couture and attending shows in Paris. Today, Herrera’s designs resemble her own iconic style, with plenty of trouser suits and crisp white shirts.

2. RICK OWENS
With his streetwear-meets-couture style, Rick Owens represents the perfect halfway point between Californian cool and Parisian chic. And the designer wears his sculptural black designs like the most avant-garde uniform imaginable.

3. MARC JACOBS
Pyjamas. Skirts. Sheer black lace on the red carpet. It’s only right that Marc Jacobs, the man who has given us such desirable designs, is unafraid to push the envelope in his own wardrobe, too.

4. YVES SAINT LAURENT
The original streetwear don, Yves Saint Laurent spent his career revolutionising simple items like leather jackets and peacoats, and off the runway, he summed up that Gallic nonchalance his initials have become known for too.

5. TOM FORD
His work at Gucci made his name as a master of charismatic, sexy style, and nowadays Tom Ford is known for looking impeccable in a suit almost as much as he is for his amazing creative output at his eponymous label.

6. STEFANO PILATI
With a dapper sense of dress and a little flamboyance, Stefano Pilati epitomises classic Italian style. During his tenure at YSL he cut a dashing figure in masculine tailoring, and always with an extra flourish in the form of a necktie or jaunty scarf. 

7. VIKA GAZINSKAYA
Vika Gazinskaya will be a familiar face if you’re a street-style follower – the Moscow designer wears her own beautiful designs to the shows in Paris, landing herself on top blogs and earning her label some free publicity on the way too.

8. VIVIENNE WESTWOOD
From her roots in London’s punk scene on the King’s Road to Paris Fashion Week and the red carpet, Vivienne Westwood has come a long way. But the grande dame’s radical personal style is still intact, along with her distinctive flame-red hairdo.

9. PHOEBE PHILO
She’s the patron saint of fashion for the refined woman, and Phoebe Philo wears her own wares with absolute aplomb. In her own minimal manner, that may be a mannish coat, wide trousers or a simple shirt, but always with an enviably elegant signature.

10. COCO CHANEL
Dedicating herself to freeing the female form from corsets and fashion’s other restrictions, Coco Chanel introduced a modern way of dressing which she too embraced: boyish tailoring, boxy jackets and of course, those all-important pearls.

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