Grace Jones and designer Azzedine Alaïa, All Over Press.
The ten coolest designer muses
Alongside every great designer is an amazing muse: an inspiring, creative friend whose close collaboration with the designer can help both reach their full fashionable potential.
VANESSA TRAINA AND ALEXANDER WANG
Close friends since high school, stylist Vanessa Traina and Alexander Wang have kept their friendship intact over the years, with Traina acting as a consultant to the downtown designer and helping him get the cool-girl chic he has become known for.
LADY AMANDA HARLECH AND KARL LAGERFELD
Style maven and consultant Lady Amanda Harlech considers herself an “arch assimilator”, who works with Lagerfeld in Paris to turn his idea into something tangible. Her contract with the house of Chanel has famously included a piece of couture from each season she works on.
AUDREY HEPBURN AND HUBERT DE GIVENCHY
With a friendship that spanned 40 years, Givenchy first met Audrey Hepburn when he dressed her for Sabrina in 1953. After that he designed clothes for her in Funny Faceand that famous little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Definitely a fashion friendship with benefits.
CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG AND NICOLAS GHESQUIERE
Often together on the red carpet, Gainsbourg has followed Ghesquière through his career, starring in ads during his time at Balenciaga and now wearing his wares from Louis Vuitton, showing that her allegiance to her friend is not flagging.
DAPHNE GUINNESS AND ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
As a long-time friend to McQueen, Daphne Guinness has done much to preserve his legacies since his passing in 2010. In particular, her support for the Met’s 2011 exhibition of his work helped it to achieve huge success, as she loaned her rich collection of Alexander McQueen to the museum.
ISABELLA BLOW AND PHILIP TREACY
After discovering young milliner Philip Treacy in 1989, the fashion editor Isabella Blow supported him, ensuring everyone wore Treacy’s fantastical hats. He became a close confidante during her troubled life, and she in turn built a collection of his headgear.
GRACE JONES AND AZZEDINE ALAÏA
The King of Cling ruled the runways in the 1980s, and Grace Jones was a crucial part of that – the singer and actress carried him on stage to accept an award from the French government in 1984, and brought those bandage dresses to life in the James Bond 1985 flick A View to a Kill.
LOULOU DE LA FALAISE AND YVES SAINT LAURENT
Parisian model Loulou de la Falaise’s partnership with Yves Saint Laurent was a fruitful one – the designer was inspired by his inimitable Rive Gauche muse to create his iconic Le Smoking tuxedo suit.
MADONNA AND JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
This friendship is summed up in a simple cone bra: Jean Paul Gaultier’s costumes for the star’s 1990 Blond Ambition and 2006 Confessions tours have helped make Madonna’s on-stage persona, and in return she gave him greater worldwide recognition and adoration.
SOFIA COPPOLA AND MARC JACOBS
This pair met when Coppola was only 18, and since then she has worn Marc Jacobs everywhere, even to accept an Oscar in 2004. Coppola and Jacobs are good pals as well as collaborators on accessories during his tenure at Louis Vuitton – a friendship fashion dreams are made of.