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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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