The Most Inspiring Women in Fashion
If there is any industry that should be dominated by women, it’s the fashion industry. From models and muses, to designers and superstars, there is no shortage of inspiring women in the world of style. These leaders are savvy, stylish, inspirational, and have taken over the industry. Whether it was for their creative flair, eye for business, or innovative thinking, this line up of motivating women is something to celebrate. From Clare Waight Keller and Diane Von Furstenberg to Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham, here’s to the ladies in fashion who never fail to inspire us.
Diane Von Furstenberg
This fashion trail-blazer became a style sensation in 1973, thanks to the debut of her iconic “wrap dress”, which soon came to symbolize independence and power for an entire generation of women. Decades later, in 2005, Diane Von Furstenberg received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) for her impact on the industry.
Natalie Massenet is a former journalist and the founder of the designer fashion portal, Net-a-Porter. Massenet is credited with bringing haute couture to the world with her e-commerce site, allowing people to buy the pieces they covet on the runway with just the click of a mouse.
From Spice Girl to fashion icon and daring designer, Victoria Beckham has taken fashion to another level. Not only inspiring the world with her cutting edge style, Beckham has become internationally recognized for her hugely successful fashion line . Following high-profile collaborations with other brands, she launched her own line in 2008 and was named designer brand of the year in the UK in 2011.
Clare Waight Keller
As the creative director of Chloé, Clare Waight Keller is known for her romantic designs while staying true to the French brand’s narrative. Honing her design skills at Gucci and Calvin Klein before reinventing Chloé, her success comes from her deep appreciation of what makes the brand resonate with its buyers.
This fashion risk taker was known for her friendships with the late stylist Isabella Blow and designer Alexander McQueen. Since 1994, Daphne Guinness has been on the International Best Dressed Hall of Fame. Seeking to inspire young women through her intensely cultivated style and elegance, Guinness is also a muse for many designers around the world. Courted by many of the best-known names in fashion such as Karl Lagerfeld, NARS and MAC, working with them artistically, as a model or both.
A woman who needs no introduction, Kate Middleton won over the hearts of the United Kingdom and the world when she became the Duchess of Cambridge. After being spotted on the arm of Prince William in 2004, she has become an ambassador for British fashion. Starting her look as a preppy college student, the Duchess’ style has evolved into the timeless, elegant, and classic look that she is now known for.
Notorious party girl and muse for some of the biggest names in the industry, Kate Moss has been captivating us with her style since the ‘90s, when she became the face of Calvin Klein. Since the age of 18, Moss has graced the covers of over 300 magazines. In 2007, the model launched a collaboration with Topshop that was inspired by her own street style. Moss once said “I don’t follow a trend. I just have a thrown-together look people can relate too, not too ‘done.’ ” It’s no wonder why women all over the world want to dress like her.
Global style icon, all-American girl, business woman, and philanthropist. These are the words that come to mind when thinking of the fashion sensation that is Tory Burch. With a style that has been described as a preppy-boho, this designer embodies her brand in its entirety. Her lifestyle brand, Tory Burch, has dominated the scene with its modern day take on American sportswear. Known for being extremely versatile and easy to wear, her styles are popular with women of all ages.