Wednesday, 16 January 2019

πŸ‘— My 3 Favourite Designers πŸ‘ 

As a part of a feature with Cosmopolitan magazine - the Cosmo Scholarship edit in their February 2019 issue, I thought that I would get involved in the fashion section by answering this extremely hard question - Who are your 3 favourite designers? And I thought that to be creative, I would also throw in why. So without any further hesitation, here are my personal three favourite fashion designers ever, counting down to my number one - and why I love them so much!
3. Karl Lagerfeld
(German fashion director & designer)


So at number three is German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, aged 85 and born September 10th. Karl originates from Hamburg however now resides in Paris, France. In 1983, Karl followed the footsteps of Coco Chanel when he became creative director of the luxury brand Chanel - a classy, vintage brand that I absolutely love. He also became the first designer to collaborate with fashion store H&M which is my go to clothing store when it comes to wanting the latest fashion trends at affordable prices. But, most of all, Karl Lagerfeld actually has his own brand named after himself, which I think is such a unique and elegant take on fashion - from shoes, to bags, to glasses, his brand really has that boujee look.

I actually own my very own, top of the range pair of Karl Lagerfeld glasses! I got them from my local Specsavers (four eyes and proud over here!), and they are really, really sophisticated and classy; and even though they're 'only glasses', they are 100% my favourite pair, because they are so chic and really add to my outfits. Who knew that being short-sighted would make me look so fashionable. The pair I had before were quite clunky and really didn't suit my face shape! But these Karl Lagerfeld glasses are so flattering and dainty, and they compliment my facial structure so well. They are thin but sturdy with a clear brown frame and rounded square shape; they make me look smart so I'm all for it.

2. Rihanna
(Creative fashion director & musician)


Okay, so everybody knows Rihanna, whether it's for her old classics like 'Rude Boy' and 'Love The Way You Lie', or her more modern and raunchy songs like 'Work' and 'Wild Thoughts'. But, what a lot of people don't tend to realise is that Rihanna is actually an iconic fashion figure, and a very talented one to say the least. I'm not personally a die-hard fan of Rihanna's music, but I absolutely adore and admire her work in the fashion industry as a creative fashion director and designer.

Rihanna became creative fashion director of Puma in 2014, where she now oversees the women's fashion line selling shoes and clothing. Over the next few months, she released her own line of shoes which sold out within days. Only two years later in 2016, Rihanna officially released her first clothing line collaboration with Puma, which she debuted at the New York Fashion week. Since then, she has released many, many more Fenty x Puma collaborations which are all high-end and extremely well sought after - she was even named as one of the best dressed women of 2018 according to Net-a-Porter!


1. Roy Haylock (Bianca Del Rio)
(Costume designer & drapers assistant)


At number one, is my favourite person EVER. Period. This is none other than the extremely talented and successful Drag artist, Bianca Del Rio (Roy Haylock). Roy Haylock began designing costumes in his teen years, even going on to win a 'Big Easy Entertainment Award' for the Best Costume Design for the Snow Queen at the extremely young and impressive age of 17! 

In 1996, Roy began his debut as a Drag artist in a local play called Pageant. From this, then became his Drag Queen alter-ego, Bianca Del Rio. Originally from New Orleans, Haylock moved to New York after Hurricane Katrina hit his hometown, and there he continued to work as a costume designer for high-end Broadway shows. 

To this very day, Bianca Del Rio is one of the most famous and well-known Drag queens, after winning season 6 of Rupaul's Drag Race. In this season she was known for her amazing looks all handmade by herself, and also for her generosity and helpfulness towards the other contestants when helping construct their costumes. But above all, she is mostly known as being the most shady and hateful b*tch to walk the earth, and we love her for it.


So there it is - my top three favourite fashion designers of all time; all amazingly talented in their own special and unique ways! These icons will always have an impact on my wardrobe no matter how little. Who are your top 3 fashion designers? Let me know.




*Images from: Wikipedia, Google, Evening Standard.



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  1. H&M is my go-to store for clothing shopping too. They are so trendy and the price is affordable, but I have no idea it was founded by Karl Lagerfeld. Now it gives me one more reason to love H&M.

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    1. Mine too, it's so affordable and they actually do amazing ranges! Yeah he was actually the first designer to collaborate on a line with the store, founded by Erling Persson!

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  2. I love H&M. They have such awesome looks. The best part is that you can actually wear them out in the world. A lot of high fashion is TOO high fashion.

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    1. I love H&M too, so affordable! And I know what you mean, I think that some of the things that are considered as 'High fashion' these days really need to be reconsidered, haha!

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  3. Great list! I LOVE BIANCA!!!! I finally got to cross drag con off my conference bucket list, and it was literally *EVERYTHING*

    I follow my body more than I do trends, Calvin Klein tends to fit me like it was custom made for my body, and I like Marc Jacobs as well.

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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    1. Hi Tracy! Thank you!
      Omg, I love Bianca too - she's an actual Queen and I aspire to be just like her hahah!! That's amazing that you got to go to Drag Con, it's definitely also a bucket list goal of mine :))

      Calvin Klein is actually a really good brand, and it was so hard to only pick 3 brands lol, otherwise it would have been up there on the list, so good choice! X

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  4. These are all fantastic designers. I'm really interested in H&M! They have incredible outfits.

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    1. I know right, so talented in their own ways!! Yeah I agree with you Danielle, H&M seem to be really popular here x

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  5. I didn't know Rihanna was a fashion guru! I love her style!

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    1. Yep she is! This is what I mean by a lot of people don't actually realise what an involvement she has in the fashion community. Her style is amazing isn't it :)

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  6. My wife would love to check out these designers. Some of these outfits are right up here alley.

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    1. You should definitely send her my way, haha! She sounds like she has good fashion taste, then.

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  7. I never knew Rihanna was a fashion designer! I love her music. I'll have to check her pieces out!

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    1. Yep, so many people don't realise! Definitely give her fashion ranges a Google Brianne, they're so chic x

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  8. These three are awesome designers! I love Rihanna's unique fashion sense, her style is so unique and beautiful!

    Kileen
    cute & little

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    1. They are, especially Rihanna as you say! She's got such a unique taste but can really pull it off.

      Thanks for the comment Kileen :)

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  9. I did realize that Karl owned H&M...no wonder I love their styles so much! All great designers here.

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    1. Karl was one of the first major designers to work on a collaboration with H&M, which was founded by Erling Persson! :) H&M are definitely a go-to store!

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  10. Such interesting choices! I definitely agree with Karl, of course. He's a classic!

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    1. Thank you :) I like to look for the underdogs in the fashion industry! Other than Karl, obviously, because as you just said, he is such a classic x

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  11. i love karl lagerfeld too! so good! you have a great sense of style x

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    1. Who doesn't, haha! Thanks so much for your lovely comment, and I'm sure you do too! X

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  12. H&M always have great styles and amazing deals. I like brands like Gucci, Calvin Klein and Guess too.

    XO
    CANDACE
    HTTP//WWW.THEBEAUTYBEAU.COM

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    1. They do don't they, they're actually so reasonable which is one of the main reasons why I love them so much!!

      Gucci are an amazing brand, and I also love Moschino! I'll definitely do some more research on Guess as I know they do some amazing things.

      Thanks for the comment, Candace Xox

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  13. I LOVE Rihanna! Her makeup line, her style, everything!

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    1. Yes, yes, yes!! Fenty Beauty is everythinggg - I may even do a Fenty Favourites post in the future if you'd be interested :) x

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  14. I do have a few designer pieces but I don't usually splurge on them. I love the Guess brand of clothing. They are more my style.

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    1. Me too, I'm exactly the same - I have a few Michael Kors, Moschino and Karl Lagerfeld but I don't go insane like some people, haha! :)

      Guess are quite a popular brand, I'll definitely have a look about the history of Guess because I find it so interesting! Sounds like you have great style Eileen :))

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  15. I am basically the least fashionable person ever! I am not sure I own any designer things really. My of my clothes are from Target or Kohls.

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    1. Don't be silly - that can't be true because that's me, haha!! My fashion isn't all that great, tbh it's pretty basic but that's because clothes are so expensive. Primark is an amazing go-to for affordable clothes, just like Target!

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  16. Karl Lagerfeld is an icon! We went to his boutique in Paris a few years ago, and the staff said he was such a lovely person. He would walk from his apartment to the store weekly to check in on them.

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    1. He is an I C O N.

      That's so cool, omg! You're so lucky! That's such a cool experience, and it's so nice to hear that he's such a genuine person, I've read online that he's supposed to be really humble, which is always refreshing to know :) Thanks for sharing such a nice experience!

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  17. Love what Rihanna is doing in the makeup industry. Her line has changed lives.

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    1. Me too, it's iconic!

      She has so many ranges for different skin colours and tbh I'm living for it because it's so diverse and inclusive (:

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  18. All of these are definitely so beautiful! Thank you for sharing them with us so that we can enjoy their designs as well.

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    1. Sure are (:

      You're so welcome, I'm glad that you've been able to take something from my post! Thanks for the lovely comment Becca Xx

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  19. What great designers! I won't argue with Karl Lagerfeld's designs because they're amazing but I will say I don't like his history of fat-shaming women. I do LOVE Rihanna both as an artist and a designer. My favorite designer is Stella McCartney for her commitment to sustainability and ethical manufacturing processes.

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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    1. They are aren't they!

      I had no idea about the controversy with fat-shaming but that's a very valid and interesting point to make. Rihanna is so, so talented at what she does, which is pretty much everything, haha! I love Stella McCartney too, that's such a good choice and you clearly have great taste and knowledge of the fashion world! Xox

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  20. love all of these so much! i LIVE for Bianca del Rio - so much talent!

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    1. Yaaay I'm so glad you do!! And YES TARA!! We should be friends, hahah!! Bianca is fierce and literally my spirit animal lol, she's so talented in many, many ways :)

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  21. All three are amazing designers. Great picks!

    xx,
    Steph
    www.urbanblonde.com

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    1. Thanks so much Steph, I'm so glad you liked them.

      I'm heading over to your blog now to check out your posts! Xx

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  22. OMG! I didn't know that Rihanna is a designer too. I thought she is just an award winning musician! I should definitely check her designs soon!

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    1. Yep! Ikr, so many people don't actually realise how heavily involved she is with the industry! You definitely should, check out Fenty x Puma :)

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  23. Great list of inspirational designers! Always good to learn more about the faces behind the brands

    https://www.bunnybernice.com/

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    1. Thank you so much, it definitely is! I'm glad my post was informative to you (:

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  24. Yes!! Great choices!! LOVE H&M - definitely one of my favorites :)

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    1. Me too Megan! H&M will always be a top pick of mine, haha x

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  25. Karl is a genius. And yes, Rihanna is talented in her own right. I'm not familiar with Bianca del Rio but I will look into her designs! xo, Suzanne

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    1. !! So true !!

      And yesss, you should definitely check out Bianca's work - most of her dresses are made by herself xo

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  26. What a top three combination! I feel like they hit all different aspects of the designer spectrum. I have never heard of Bianca Del Rio, but after a quick Google search I love her vibes. I think they're all very talented in their own ways. Great idea for a blog post girl!

    Sara Kelley
    www.mindovermango.com

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    1. Thanks! I tried to be as varied as possible, hahah!

      Yeah she is so talented at what she does. Aw, thank you so much :) X

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  27. So good to know them! Love what they do!! I specifically love your first choice!

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