Fashion is a multimillion-dollar business that has some of the best of the best designers. On a regular basis a designer is coming up with something new in hopes of taking the design industry by storm. Men fashion designers have contributed to the fashion industry for centuries and are not slowing down at all.
Michael Kors is a famous fashion designer that promotes Sportswear Fashion Design. The company that bears his name also is famous for the likes of men’s and women’s accessories, footwear and watches. He first fell for fashion at early age and had a role in redesigning a wedding gown for his mom’s second marriage when he was 5. The teen years saw him designing and utilizing the basement at his parent’s home as a storefront. During the year of 1981 is when he saw his dream come true as he showcased his line at Bergdorf Goodman.
Michael Kors became the 1st women’s ready-to-wear-designer in 1997 for French house Celine at which he would remain until October 2003 as he left to embark more on his own brand. His menswear line took the stage in 2002 and 2004 saw him adding MICHAEL Michael Kors line that includes handbags for women to his portfolio. Jennifer Lawrence and Heidi Klum are just 2 of a vast amount of celebrities he dresses.
Oscar de la Renta
Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oscar de la Renta became increasingly popular in the 1960’s when he became one of many designers that had the honor of dressing Jaclyn Kennedy.
Originally starting out as a painter, he dived into designing more when asked by the wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Spain to create a dress for her daughter. This dress would go on to grace the cover of Life.
Oscar de la Renta saw his works becoming more and more sought after by celebrities, dignitaries and others and in 2006 he increased his portfolio by adding Bridal to his already extensive collection. In 2014 he was honored for 5 Decades of his style. Sadly that year in October he lost his battle with cancer at the age of 82.
Ralph Lauren, born in New York, New York, at the age of 28 while working with Beau Brummell, successfully convinced the president of the company to let him start his own line of ties and the groundwork of him in the fashion industry was laid.
Interested sports, he named the 1st full line of his menswear “Polo” in 1968. He also delivered all his items himself to the stores that sold his collection. He saw his line go exclusively in 1969 at Bloomingdales. His line of women’s tailored shirts came out in 1971 and allowed the world a firsthand look at his Polo Player emblem for the first time being featured on the cuff of the shirt. Also, during this time his store on Rodeo Drive opened, making it the first time an American designer had a free standing store.
In 1972, Ralph Lauren’s signature cotton mesh Polo’s in different colors came out. The look was to embellish the “Preppy Look” and to this day continues to be a popular signature style.