Top luxury clothing brands for women
Fashion is a way of life – the kind of clothes you wear dictates the kind of person you are. Fashion is also expressive of your mood – when you are in a good mood, you will pick your best clothing, when you are annoyed with life and just want to be comfortable, you will choose your sweats and oversized tee shirts. While high fashion is not for everywhere – budget and style wise, every woman should have one fashionable piece of clothing in her wardrobe at all times, that she can fall back on when she wants to look her chic best.
There are many luxury brand names that are thrown around in the world of fashion but not everyone has access to them because of the astronomical price tag they come with. Since it is always good to be abreast with what the best in fashion is, let’s look at some of the high end brands ruling (rich) women’s wardrobes today. And even if you think that they are way out of your budget, save up and invest in one item from anyone of them if you can – these clothes are always high in quality and very durable, in fact, they are considered vintage – if your grandmother’s closet is still accessible and she was one for high fashion, chances are there will be a Chanel or Dior dress, carefully wrapped in tissue, hanging from a padded hanger in the closet – looking as beautiful as it did the first time she wore it.
Here is a look at 4 of the best luxury brands.
Chanel: This is a classic brand that is a favourite of the high fashion connoisseurs. According to them, if you profess yourself to be a fashion diva and you don’t own anything from the house of Chanel, then, well, you are not a fashion diva! The French designer – Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, started her own shop in Paris ( of course!) in 1913. She chose the jersey material to make her clothing and this was well favoured by all and sundry – so she opened more stores in quick succession, rapidly becoming the face of chic fashion during her time. Chanel styles were simple and practical and said to draw inspiration from men’s wear – and more so – the uniforms of World War 1. The Chanel tweed suit with a nipped in waist remains an oft copied outfit. In shades of beige, nudes and blacks mostly, her clothing and later her line of accessories and perfume – are now a must have for every fashionista worth her sea-salt. A black, quilted Chanel bag is the hallmark of style – go buy yours!
Dior: Another big name in haute couture is Dior. Founded in 1945, the company shocked the world when after World War II, in times of limited rations for everything, they used large and opulent swathes of material for their designs. Now a company which rakes in revenue to the tune of €24.62 billion, Dior is a sought after name for clothing, accessories and perfume. Again, the silhouettes promoted by this brand feature nipped in waists and attention to detailing so as to make a woman’s figure look full and curvaceous.
Versace: Now who doesn’t know of Donatella Versace – the flamboyant face of Versace couture today. However, the brand was founded by her brother Gianni in 1978, who was then killed in 1997. Donatella stepped in and is now the hand holding the helm of the brand which is known for its signature, flashy style, with its plunging backs and emphasis on cuts of the dresses rather than the bling factor. Versace was forever ingrained into the minds of the fashion conscious public world-wide when Elizabeth Hurley wore the famous black Versace dress, slit at the sides and held together with a number of large gold safety pins. Liz Hurley famously defended her choice of wearing the daring, revealing dress by saying that Versace chooses to enhance the beauty of the female form, not eliminate it. Go buy one ( or an imitation) if you dare!
Yves Saint Laurent: Or YSL as this brand is popularly referred to, is known to be the first fashion company which launched women’s ready-to-wear clothing. This is the more ‘affordable’ luxury brand and it was launched with the selfsame ideal – to reach out to those women –and men- with less heavy pockets. It is said that the designer Yves Saint Laurent started designing dresses for his mother and sisters very early on in life and evolved this passion into a full time career as soon as he came of age. His mentor was Christian Dior – and he says that he owes all he knows about fashion to him. Knitted dresses, trouser suits for ladies, the beatnik look, safari jackets for women, pants which were tall and fitted like second skin, worn with thigh high boots and the famed ‘Trapeze dress’ styles are all signature styles of YSL who tragically died after prolonged illness, mental health problems and lastly brain cancer, on 1st June, 2008.