When it comes to fashion, we choose clothes that represent our moods, the footwear that describe a little about our personality, and the hairstyles that add value to our overall charm and attraction. Those who have their wedding ceremonies right the next corner must be looking for excellent American fashion designers. In Europe, however, the fashion industry has flourished as much as in the USA and Canada. Here is a roundup of top 10 best European fashion designers. They are ruling our hearts, brought revolutions in the fashion industry, and are really hard working.
From Dutch Iris van Herpen to English Phoebe Philo, the fashion designers of Europe have been behind Europe’s position as the leading fashion continent the world over.
10. Isabel Marant
Isabel Marant is a fashion designer from France who founded a French house of fashion in 1994.
This excellent personality launched the brand initially in 1990 under the name “Twen”, before it was renamed as Isabel Marant in 1994.
The fashion house has come up with unique lines of jerseys and knitwear, shoes, as well as other accessories.
Isabel’s creations are given high preference by big celebrities such as Kate Bosworth, Katie Holmes, Anne Hathaway, and Hilary Duff.
Marant came up with the first runway collection during Summer 1995, followed by “Etoile” in 2000.
Nowadays, her company is running its shops successfully across Paris, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Los Angeles, Beijing, Madrid, Beirut, and London, with retail stores in over thirty five countries.
Isabel even collaborated with H&M for expanding her fashion designing business.
This contemporary designer has the coolest, urban approach in Europe and that is what makes her distinctive.
9. Haider Ackermann
Haider Ackermann (born 29 March 1971) was born in Bogota, Colombia. This designer is widely known for ready-to-wear fashion.
Ackermann, in his childhood, was adopted by a French Alsatian family, and he was raised in Ethiopia, Chad, Algeria and France before he moved to Netherlands with his family.
This European man studied fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, and was an intern with John Galliano, followed by working as the assistant of Belgian designer Wim Neels.
During those days, Haider occasionally kept on working for brands such as Bernhard Willhelm, and Patrick Van Ommeslaeghe, as well as Mayerline.
It was in 2001 when Ackermann created his own label and came up with his unique women’s wear collection during Paris fashion week.
A year later in 2002, he draw the attention of house Ruffo towards his work.
In 2005, he contracted with the Belgian group bvba 32 and initiated his studio in Paris.
Ackermann has been one of the only European designers who have highest level of success graph.
Being influenced by different cultures, Haider always came up with contrasting fashions.
His creations have been worn by big personalities such as Tilda Swinton, Penelope Cruz, Victoria Beckham, Janet Jackson as well as Kanye West.
8. Jonathan Anderson
Northern Irish Jonathan Anderson first rose to prominence after the launch of his London-based brand J.W. Anderson, back in 2008, along with a menswear collection.
He, from then, kept on expanding his routes and soon came up with women’s wear as well.
Now he is popular as one of Britain’s most prominent designers, who is widely famous for his post-gender attitude.
The secret of his success lies in his abilities to breaking the boundaries and exploring beyond.
Anderson, outside his company, worked in collaboration with Donatella Versace on the label Versus in 2013.
Jonathan is known to have loyal following not only in London, but also New York, and Paris.
The art directors Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag of M/M (Paris) were actually brought to scene because of Jonathan Anderson.
7. Tomas Maier
Tomas Maier (born in April, 1957) is a German fashion designer as well as creative director.
He is one of the most influential personalities of fashion world.
Maier was born in Pforzheim, Germany, and raised in a family of architects.
He attended a Waldorf school, and later on received training at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.
His portfolio has designing experience of prestigious fashion and luxury goods houses in France, Italy, and Germany; most of them are Guy Laroche, Sonia Rykiel, as well as Revillon.
With Revillon, he worked as creative director for almost four years.
In 1999, this man quit all of his contracts and moved to Florida, USA.
He is widely known to be the man behind growth of Bottega Veneta into the luxury lifestyle brand.
Tomas opened stores of his fashion house in London, Paris, Milan, and New York.
The first women’s ready-to-wear show had taken place in 2005’s winters, and the first men’s runway show was held in 2006’ summers.
Today, his brand is world renowned for top notch jewelry, fashion accessories, desktop, luggage, porcelain, eyewear, fragrances, watches, as well as clothes.
The U.S. based label has stores across Palm Beach, East Hampton, and Bleecker Street in New York.
The awards he received are many, but a few ones include 2004’s GQ Germany Award, 2006’s US Luxury Institute Award, 2007’s DNR Award, and 2009’s ACE Award.
6. Jonny Johansson
Jonny Johansson is one of the most fabulous designers of Europe.
He is popular as the creative director and co-founder of Acne Studios, the Stockholm-based fashion company.
Johansson was raised in Sweden.
It was in 1996 when he, in collaboration with three of his friends, founded ‘Acne’ company.
Jonny, in his teenage, was heavily influenced by arts, designs, literature, and music.
Over the years, he worked in collaboration with various artists, photographers, as well as designers including Lanvin, Lord Snowdon, and others.
Swedish Jonny was originally a guitarist, but his great fashion sense led him to become the founder of Acne Studios.
His brand today stands for ’Ambition to create novel expressions’, and has presented contemporary clothes that combine urban lifestyle with high fashion.
5. Iris van Herpen
Iris van Herpen (born 5 June 1984) is a Dutch fashion designer. She had been the student of Fashion Design at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts Arnhem.
Besides this, Herpen did internships at Alexander McQueen, London, and Claudy Jongstra, Amsterdam.
It was in 2007 when she began her own label. Since 2011, she has been one of the guest members of the prestigious Parisian Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.
Iris van had great sense of fashion and art during her teenage and eventually her passion took her to choose this field as career.
She completed graduation in 2006 from the fashion design department of ArtEZ. This is the department that has gifted the world with notable names like Viktor & Rolf, Alexander van Slobbe (SO; Orson+Bodil), and Lucas Ossendrijver (Lanvin Homme).
Under her fashion brand, Iris van Herpen focuses much on creating women’s wears.
Throughout her career, Herpen has collaborated with Isaie Bloch, Irene Bussemaker, Carlos van Camp, Zach Gold, Bart Hess, Stephen Jones, and Daniel Widrig.
In 2010, this lovely lady, at the instigation of ARCAM (Architecture Centre Amsterdam), collaborated with Benthem Crouwel Architekten.
The awards she has received include 2015 Marie-Claire Prix de la Mode, 2014 ANDAM Fashion Award, 2013 Golden Eye Award, 2010 Dutch Accessory Awards, as well as 2009 Dutch Media Awards.
4. Simone Rocha
Simone Rocha is the winner of the 2013 British Fashion Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear.
It would not be wrong to say that she took very little time to become a fashion sensation.
The Irish designer began career at London Fashion on-schedule with Fashion East in 2010. The same year she completed her graduation from Central Saint Martins.
Before that, she did BA at The National College of Art and Design in Dublin.
Simone is the daughter of Hong Kong-born, Dublin-based designer John Rocha. Her mother’s name is Odette.
Following the footsteps of her dad, Rocha became a fashion designer.
Her tomboy-feminine collections have received appreciations in London, Chicago, and Ginza.
Apart from this, in Paris she displayed her Autumn/Winter 2011 collection, followed by launching her very unique six piece capsule collection.
Simone has really proved herself to be one of best contemporary fashion newcomers of Britain.
3. Olivier Rousteing
Olivier Rousteing was born on September 13, 1986 in Bordeaux France.
He got adopted by a couple when Olivier was only of 1. He moved to Paris with parents and there he studied at ESMOD, the Ecole Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode.
In 2003, Rousteing completed graduation and started career as a fashion designer at Roberto Cavalli. Soon he got the chance to become the head of the women’s division.
He served for almost five years as a creative director, and then in 2009, he became a part of Balmain.
During that time, Olivier got the chance to closely work with Christophe Decarnin.
On April 26, 2011, he became the replacement of Christophe Decarnin as the creative director for Balmain.
Rousteing opened a Balmain store in London, and stores of New York and Paris were scheduled to be open soon.
With the help of celebrity friends such as the Kardashian clan, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Rousteing became abel to attract millions of followers on the social media towards his French label.
Today, he is known to design outstanding menswear and womenswear. His approach is basically glamorous, but he focuses on couture and other incredible designs as well.
2. Henrik Vibskov
Henrik Vibskov (born 1972) is a Danish fashion designer.
He is known to be an accessory and interior designer, and has also been a musician.
His work is remembered as a part of the “New Nordic Movement”, describing 21st century designs.
Born in Kjellerup, Jutland, Vibskov completed graduation from the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, during 2001.
Then he moved to Denmark and established his fashion label under his own name.
Some of his most amazing works have been showcased in publications like The Face, Brutus, Dazed & Confused, i-D, and Wallpaper.
Henrik’s 2012 Paris Men’s Fashion Week presentation caught the attention of everyone, and after this event he was named for his incredible craftsmanship by The Los Angeles Fashion Magazine.
His flamboyant designs are popular in Sweden, and his fashion company has stores across Paris, New York, and London like big cities.
He is the winner of the Beck’s Futures prize, 2000, which he received for his film The Monk.
As an interior designer, he designed for the Royal Danish Horticultural Society’s Garden. Besides this, Vibskov has worked as drummer for the band Trentemøller.
1. Nicolas Ghesquière
Nicolas Ghesquière tops this list of 10 best European fashion designer, and the reason is his immense contribution to fashion industry.
He was born on May 9, 1971. This French fashion designer has also been one of the creative directors of the house of Louis Vuitton (owned by LVMH).
Ghesquière’s place of birth is Comines, Nord. He is the son of a Francophone Belgian golf-course owner. He was raised in Loudun, Vienne.
From a young age, Nicolas had interest in sports especially horse riding, fencing, as well as swimming. Even his equestrian-inspired fall/winter 2006 ready-to-wear collection has been inspired from sportspersons.
Because of his contacts with that of Marie-Amélie Sauvé and Nathalie Marrec of Balenciaga, Nicolas got the chance to have a job as designer for the Asian market.
In 1997, at 25, he became the surprise choice of Paris fashion house Balenciaga. Soon he got popularity for his great sense of contrasts.
It was in November, 2013 when Ghesquière officially became the replacement of Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton as creative director for the women’s collections.
All of these fashion designers, either studied fashion or arts or not, have truly been remarkable. Their perfect use of luxurious fabrics, feminine silhouettes, and smart cuts make them distinctive.
Moreover these European designers’ neutral color palettes, and effortlessly wearable designs make them world famous. What do you think?