5 of the Top Fashion Designers in the World

Isabelle Huppert and Anthony Vaccarello in Cannes, France. Photo: tanka_v / Deposit Photos
Isabelle Huppert and Anthony Vaccarello at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Photo: tanka_v / Deposit Photos

There are so many clothing designers out there in the world. Some are well-known while others are more obscure. But which top fashion designers produce looks that are here to stay? Here’s a list of influential names from the glossy world of fashion.

Naming the today’s top fashion designers is no easy feat. Fashion, like beauty, is often in the eye of the beholder. Opinions can change from season to season.

What is praised today can receive the wrath of the fashion critics tomorrow. There is no doubt that there are some designers that will go down in history for their resilience in the industry. Others are icons whose contributions will live on through eternity.

Having Kendall Jenner strut your wares on the runway during fashion week is definitely a win. But is it enough to guarantee you the title of the top fashion designers in the world?

Here are five of today’s top fashion designers, in no particular order that you should keep your eye on. 

1. Anthony Vaccarello

This 36-year-old Italian-Belgian designer is the creative director for French fashion brand Saint Laurent. He claimed the role in 2016 and hasn’t strayed from the rock designs from Saint Laurent or its loyal client base. For spring 2019, Vaccarello designed a collection with a 1960’s and 1970’s inspired aesthetic. 

The designer presented a lot of black, mod dresses, mini-skirts, and leather as well as suede jackets. 

2. Kerby Jean-Raymond

This Haitian-American fashion designer is the founder of the fashion house Pyer Moss. One of the top black designers on the scene, this year he debuted his, ‘American Also: Lesson 2’ spring-summer 2019 collection at New York Fashion Week.

Jean-Raymond considers himself a thought leader in the fashion industry. He is currently working on collaborations with urban brands Cross Colors and FUBU.

The 31-year-old’s recent successes include being awarded the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award. 

Donatella Versace with supermodels at Versace runway show in Milan. Photo: fashionstock / Deposit Photos
Donatella Versace with supermodels at Versace runway show in Milan. Photo: fashionstock / Deposit Photos

3. Donatella Versace

Is it possible to mention famous fashion designers and not include the name, Versace? Donatella Versace hasn’t missed a step since the death of her brother, Versace founder, Gianni Versace. 

The Italian fashion designer holds the titles of artistic director of the Versace fashion house and vice president of the Versace company. She has been instrumental in the success of the top designer brand’s fashions, accessories, fragrances, and home furnishings lines. 

4. Marc Jacobs 

American designer is the founder of Marc Jacobs, and Marc by Marc Jacobs which ended in 2015. The former creative director of French fashion house Louis Vuitton is highly decorated in the fashion industry worldwide. 

In 2015, the designer launched his cosmetics line, Marc Jacobs Beauty. The Marc Jacobs retail stores are located in over 60 countries worldwide.

5. Raf Simons

Raf Simons is a Belgian clothing designer who originally started out as a furniture designer. Not only does he run his own fashion company, but he is also the chief creative director for the Calvin Klein brand.

He has made his mark by being named both the Menswear and Womenswear Designer of the year in 2017 by the CFDA. He also won Womenswear Designer of the Year in 2018. The title was previously held by Marc Jacobs.

Who are your top five favorite fashion designers?

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