Although he’s one of the world’s finest designers, Valentino Garavani’s original plan was simple. He wanted to design beautiful gowns for wealthy, beautiful women. For more than 50 years, Valentino has made his dream come alive. Simply known as “Valentino,” the Italian courtier’s luxurious designs are a common thread for a vast range of famous women including Elizabeth Taylor, Iman, Adele, Audrey Hepburn, Serena Williams, Princess Diana, Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Lopez, Zoe Saldana and even Jackie Kennedy. Despite their various personalities, backgrounds and careers, Valentino’s designs highlight two things that bind them altogether: they are beautiful, wealthy women serving as living trademarks of Valentino’s A-list designs.

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It’s extremely hard to break into the fashion world and leave your mark on an industry that has so many hard-hitting contestants, that have been around for quite some time. Up and coming fashion designers have one chance to either become legendary or see their last runway. Newcomer, Tanya Taylor has no intentions on seeing her last runway any time soon. With a classic feminine feel and an artistic flare, Taylor has hit the nail on the head.

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The world is ever-changing, which is even more obvious in the fast-paced fashion industry. No one is more aware of this than fashion designer, Amy Smilovic. Smilovic’s creativity and ingenuity have led her to find success in the fashion industry with her fashion label, Tibi, for the past 20 years, but Smilovic’s success was not without its challenges.

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Models from all walks of life graced the “runway” for the 2018 Global Runway Atlanta fashion presentation—sporting pieces from well-known brands like Brooks Brothers, Spanx, Sean John, and ExOfficio. Each model had their own distinctive style giving you a wide range of vibes from suburban, preppy to the latest chic, effortless fashions.

“My team wanted to ensure we embodied the essence of each brand. For example, ExOfficio is a travel apparel brand, so when we styled the models selected for this show, we ensured [that] we included key accessories that really told the story about why the brand exists. Our team also styled the selected items to ensure they were on trend, giving the audience a sense of what is cool to wear in the marketplace today,” explained Fashion Entrepreneur and Wardrobe Stylist Robert “MiddleMan Fresh” Flood, of the Middleman Styling Firm.

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Band of Outsiders is a preppy clothing line. But hold your horses, shouldn’t their brand be named something like ‘band of insiders,’ due to the fact that top designers tend to be elitist and make their clothing for the in crowd? After all, fashion is all about setting the standard for what everyone should be wearing.

However, this is not the case for Scott Sternberg’s brand. His company seeks to be something other than fashion. By paying homage to the classic American preppy style, Band of Outsiders doesn’t overtly hit you over the head with flamboyant colors, plunging necklines and big shoulders. Rather, they casually understate their uniqueness through ironic pop culture references that are consciously veiled within their marketing materials and the design of the clothing. Sternberg is the whispering rebel behind this preppy movement and his focus is on a careful hand in the production of his garments. His sardonic vibes have gathered quite a following, including celebrity fans Kirsten Dunst, Aziz Ansari and Karlie Kloss, while obtaining a new idea of preppy.

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Composed of outerwear for women, men and kids the Carhartt brand has been dominating the retail industry for almost 130 years.  They carry something for everyone, including accessories like wallets, gloves, safety glasses, caps and knit hats with many colors to choose from.  They even carry dog beds. With very affordable options, there’s no way a shopper wouldn’t be able to find something they like.

Established in 1889 Carhartt has been able to make a name for themselves.  In 1910, Carhartt was able to expand to multiple cities in the United States as well as Canada and Europe.  Because Carhartt supported the war during international conflict, several facilities were able to create uniforms for the U.S. military during World War I.  Coveralls for soldiers and support personnel were produced along with jungle suits for Marines in the Pacific and workwear for women on the home front entering factories, during World War II.

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How can anyone forget that stunning dress Beyoncé wore at the 2014 Grammy Awards? She looked absolutely gorgeous in her white lace mermaid styled dress. Her dress had a simple flower design that simultaneously added a layer of sexy to her look by exposing her back and elegantly showing off her beautiful complexion and curvaceous shape. It wasn’t a look that most of us could pull off and it wasn’t a gown that just any designer could put together. This one-of-a-kind look is the work of designer and child prodigy, Michael Costello.

Costello was a contestant on season 8 of the popular design competition show, Project Runway. He was also a finalist on Project Runway’s All-Star Season. Unlike most contestants of competition shows, Costello’s fame has exceeded past 15 minutes. Costello is making his mark in the fashion industry and within the next 10 years it wouldn’t be a surprise if he is ranked with fashion kings such as Donatella Versace, Michael Kors and Giorgio Armani.

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If you’re a woman looking for clothes designed to accentuate the female form, Mrs. Susie Cave is someone you should pay attention to. Cave’s collection, The Vampire’s Wife, features many long “flowy” dresses and skirts that emphasize femininity and delicacy. The collection’s name derives from an unfinished novel by Cave’s husband, Nick Cave, front man of the band Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. The novel details the relationship between a muse and the creative process, Mrs. Cave is a muse for her husband’s writing.

“Nick wrote a book called Vampire’s Wife that, in the end, he decided not to publish. He said: ‘Well, why don’t you use that as the name?’ The book that Nick was writing, it was sort of about me – not exactly me, but about his idea of me. I don’t know if it’s really who I am exactly, but it kind of works,” Susie Cave said in an interview with fashion blog/shopping website Matchesfashion.com.

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“Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

-Coco Chanel

Fashion is reflective of life. Fashion Designer Yang Li used his experience skateboarding and playing basketball to create an avenue for his passion. Li is originally from Beijing, but he was raised in Perth, Australia. He credits growing up in the skateboard world as a way to stand out. He used his experience with sports to design a spring 2012 fashion collection.

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