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A Visual History Of Vivienne Westwood

14/08/2021

British designer Vivienne Westwood had no intent in becoming a world-renowned fashion icon. Her story began as a young woman breaking from the comfortable path prescribed for her. Born Vivienne Swire on April 8, 1941 in a village around Derbyshire, England, Westwood would grow out of her role as a local primary school teacher by following her passions. Her designs were pulled from the pages of history books, modernizing and altering where she believed fit. With a rebel heart, Westwood became one…

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Yves Saint Laurent’s Signature Looks

11/08/2021

Born in Oran, Algeria, Yves Saint Laurent became one of fashion’s foremost designers through the delicate work of his eponymous label and other high-profile stints at major luxury houses. At the age of 17, Saint Laurent moved to Paris, France to attend the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture where his designs would garner major attention. It was also during this time that the young designer would be introduced to couturier Christian Dior and would begin to work for the prestigious French house. In 1957,…

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11 Designers Who Had Other Careers Before Fashion

17/06/2021

While seeming otherworldly and even untouchable, some of the most recognizable designers didn’t have a perfect start to their fashion careers. Surprisingly enough, Miuccia Prada performed as a mime for a few years, and Giorgio Armani initially pursued medicine. Even Vera Wang started as a fashion magazine editor. Among so many more, L’OFFICIEL rounds up 11 fashion designers who pivoted from other careers.   VERA WANG Vera Wang’s path to fashion is far from ordinary. Before designing custom wedding dresses for celebrities like Ariana Grande and Victoria Beckham,…

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The History of Yves Saint Laurent

08/05/2020

Yves Saint Laurent will always be remembered as an amazing designer, who revolutionized the way women dressed. He gave women the chance to wear anything they liked, especially a tuxedo, which at the time was only seen as a menswear. But in Saint Laurent’s vision it was not all about men. He was so innovative and his creations are still remembered nowadays. Yves Saint Laurent was born on August 1, 1936 in Oran, Algeria. He left his home at the…

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Diane Von Furstenberg is officially going fur-free

06/10/2018

Joining the ranks of Gucci, Michael Kors, and Calvin Klein, Diane Von Furstenberg just became the latest fashion house to announce plans to go fur-free. The brand announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with PETA and the Humane Society of the United States in order to put an end to animal exploitation in the fashion industry. “It’s time for us to make this change and accept responsibility to ensure that we don’t promote killing animals for the sake of…

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