Meet the women who created trends with their designs, and succeeded in expressing our feelings and giving us a place in the world. Let’s celebrate them on our day!
Although there are many male and female stand-outs in the world of fashion, some of them deserve our eternal gratitude. Fashion creates, and at the same time, reflects the culture of an era. These ladies were able to interpret the trends of their time and turn them into designs, which is why we honor them on International Women’s Day.
• Gaby Aghion,
creator of the famous brand Chloé, was born in Egypt and settled in France. She revolutionized fashion standards in the 1950s with her clothing line. This designer wanted to show women that it was possible to have a “luxury ready-to-wear” line; she combined informality and a cosmopolitan spirit with the greatest refinement, a concept that still endures in current collections, where a woman is not merely “an ornament on display,” but can be a worker or an executive without losing her feminine magic. Her designs are very accessible, not only in terms of price, but because they can be worn in daily life, meaning that they are not solely clothes for gala events.
• Agatha Ruiz de la Prada
This aristocratic Spaniard, who could have lived a tranquil, predictable life of ease, caused a real schism in the world of fashion with her first collection. It showed her very personal style, which she called “happy clothes”, comfortable garments for mind and body. Cuttingedge, with a sense of humor, this designer decided to play with ‘childish’ colors and designs that have bright tones and loud colors like fuchsia and neon yellow, dots and broad stripes; she showed us how to proudly and elegantly wear designs with hearts and flowers, or outsize accessories. Her distinctive touch influenced Spanish and Latin fashion in the 1980s, and still returns year after year to keep the nostalgia alive.
• Carolina Herrera
This Venezuelan designer is one of the most revered in the world, and a true symbol of luxury and good taste in dress. She showed us the powerful charm of a feminine esthetic without brashness, one that is classic, sophisticated and cosmopolitan, and pays attention to details. “Something complicated should look simple,” is how Carolina sums up her always elegant style. She had the privilege of dressing very famous clients like Jacqueline Kennedy, a timeless fashion icon.
• Stella McCartney
Being the daughter of one of the Beatles automatically put her in the public eye, but Stella has earned the limelight in her own right in the world of fashion as a representative of the new generations, or perhaps of the irreverent spirit of eternal youth. Maybe that is why she has designed wardrobes for tours by Madonna and Annie Lennox, who definitely do not blend into the woodwork. She is willing to try anything: she has designed undergarments, sports clothes, coats and accessories. She has even created garments for popular brands at accessible prices. Her distinctive stamp is simplicity for daytime clothes, and a sexy vibe for cocktail models. But this young lady with the famous last name is not just concerned with fashion: she doesn’t use animal skins, and she makes her beauty products line with organic raw materials.
• Coco Chanel
We have left her for last, but only because she is one of the true greats. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel suffered as the daughter of a very poor family and her life was marked by privation and difficulties. She learned to sew at a young age out of necessity; however, her dream was to sing, and she worked in a cabaret for a few years. Seeing so much of life and having so many experiences in so short a time prompted a revealing vision that showed her the needs of women in show business, working women and society ladies: everyone needed comfortable clothes! The clothes should be as comfortable as men’s clothes, but with feminine magic. Coco fought against the fussy and exaggerated fashions that suffocated women in the first decades of the 20th century, the fashion that corseted women in garments that made it difficult to breathe and move; in contrast, Coco gave us the charm of simple, straight lines. She showed us the elegance of androgynous designs, the refinement of the color black and the charm of informal clothes, but ones that were always accented by subtle touches of elegance. Her concepts have endured to the present day, and they have been, and will continue to be, a source of inspiration for designers of any era.