The Most Influential Designers of 2012
Designers may have more influence than you may realize. The best designers are privileged to dress celebrities for red carpet appearances, which can give a label more publicity than it would receive otherwise. They will also dress models for magazine covers, and the designers with the best selling covers will be called on again and again for more glossy layouts. Many designers are even turning to Hollywood for work on actual movies and TV series, and viewers are more and more savvy when it comes to the wardrobes and costumes being worn by those on the silver screen.
Designer Marc Jacobs is known for his influence and power in the industry and even made Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” list in 2010. His influence stems from his crowd-pleasing designs that make him in demand the world over. Jacobs has been the creative director of the Louis Vuitton label since 1997 and has received numerous awards over the years for his creations. He also has an extensive perfume line, sold in his 200 retail stores that stretch across 80 countries. With this much success, it’s no wonder that he’s considered one of the most influential designers working today.
Karl Lagerfeld is still considered a great influence on the fashion industry, despite the odd fit he’s found at Chanel. He created a crystal mine for his 2013 show at Fashion Week, something that not every designer could manage. Perhaps part of his influence is seen in how his biting criticisms of other designers and even individuals is often taken seriously, and how his endorsement of someone’s look can give them headlines they wouldn’t get anywhere else. When Lagerfeld complimented Victoria Beckham on her look back in 2009, rumors began swirling that the two would begin a collaboration together, although in the end it was nothing but rumor.
Prada is another designer that had quite a bit of influence on fashion this season. Her bold prints that were showcased for the 2013 shows would be over the top for any other label, but as one fashion critic put it, they grow on you the more you consider them. Prada has been one to design for the form rather than for the clothes alone, which puts her in a very rare class for designers today.
Sarah Burton helms the late Alexander McQueen’s fashion line and she too is considered one of the most influential designers of the past year. She opted for a feminine, ruffled design for most of her pieces and this was a nice departure for many from the tough, square lines seen on the runway. That she could introduce pieces so old-fashioned and classic in today’s modern fashion world and see such success shows her influence on the industry.