Lagerfeld, Karl

Lagerfeld, Karl Pronunciation: Ka-ral La-ger-fell-d Karl Lagerfeld is perhaps the most influential fashion designer alive today. The German born designer has transformed the design house of Fendi , Chloe , and most recently Chanel, with his keen mixture of classic and street styles. An accomplished artist and photographer, he has also created lines for H&M […]

Lam, Derek

Lam, Derek Pronunciation: Derr-rik La-m Chinese-American fashion designer Derek Lam‘s interest in the world of fashion grew out of a childhood surrounded by garments. An alumna of Parson’s School of Design, Lam founded his own company in 2002 after 12 years of extensive design experience both at Michael Kors and retail brands throughout Asia. Devoted […]

Lang, Helmut

Lang, Helmut Pronunciation: Hell- Mut Lay-ng Helmut Lang’s razor-sharp lines and high-tech fabrics are especially catered to those with specific body types (okay, to REALLY skinny people). He was one of the first designers to turn t-shirts into expensive couture pieces, spawning a whole generation of over-priced tees. His razor lines and use of high […]

Lanvin, Jeanne

Lanvin, Jeanne Pronunciation: John La- vin From her storied feud with fellow french fashion visionary Coco Chanel to building one of the first haute couture fashion empires, Jeanne Lanvin is the greatest designer you never heard of. Starting out as a milliner late 19th century Paris, Lanvin used the dresses she designed for her young […]

Laroche, Guy

Laroche, Guy Pronunciation: Gee La-row-sh French designer Guy Laroche rose from an assistant position at Jeans Dresses in Paris to starting his own eponymous brand in 1956. Laroche was known for being a great cutter and tailor. He won great exclaim by critics and patrons after featuring vibrant colors, plunging neckline, low back lines during […]

Lauren, Ralph

Lauren, Ralph Pronunciation: LORE-in Designer Ralph Lauren was one of the first designers to build his brand into a “lifestyle brand” and is credited with bringing the preppy blue blood look into mainstream American fashion. The Polo brand, and its iconic logo of a polo player, symbolizes American wealth and leisure (think summers in the […]

Lepore, Nanette

Lepore, Nanette Pronunciation: Na-net LA-pour Mixing femininity with wearability, Nanette Lepore is like the “chick lit” designer of fashion. Her clothes are fun (they often feature embroidery, lace or other detailing) and accessible (most of the pieces are well under $500). According to her bio, Lepore’s designs are “suitable for a tea at The Ritz […]

Lhuillier, Monique

Lhuillier, Monique Pronunciation: Mo-nee-ck Loo-lee-ay Philippine born fashion designer Monique Lhuillier captured the bridal couturier industry as the bridal gown designer to the stars. A graduate of LA’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), Lhuillier launched Monique Lhuillier & Company in 1996 with the help of her husband Tom Bugbee. Lhuillier’s designs are noted […]

Lim, Phillip

Lim, Phillip Pronunciation: Fill-lip Lem Lim is known for taking ordinary fashion and giving it some extra bling—case in point; the Swarovski-encrusted headband or the silk blouse with an oversized self-tie below tacked on below the chin. Stars such as Natalie Portman and Kate Hudson are frequently seen sporting his cutesy designs. Phillip Lim hasn’t […]

Louboutin, Christian

Louboutin, Christian Pronunciation: KRI-shtaan Lu-bu-TAHN If you are a fan of the movie “Sex and The City” you know about footwear specialist Christian Louboutin, whose high heel shoes are often compared to a work of art. His styles range from Georgian and Oriental to Wedgwood porcelain and Louis XV. You can identify Louboutin’s by their […]