Ozwald Boateng has been one of the most influential menswear fashion designers of all time. He is recognised for his trademark twist on classic Savile Row tailoring. His career began at 14 when he found a weekend job sewing linings for suits. He is now an international success with his own flagship store at No. 30 Savile Row and has been the recipient of the Best Menswear Designer at the British Fashion Awards and an OBE.
In 2005 he was honoured with a 20 year retrospective of his work at the V&A Museum in London. It recognised his fresh and vibrant design philosophy and was critically acclaimed.
Paul Smith is a powerhouse in British design with over 300 shops worldwide and a £200 million turnover. Originally from Nottingham, he left school at 15 to work in a clothing warehouse. Despite originally having aspirations to be a professional racing cyclist, he went on to open his first menswear store in 1970. He now has women, men and kids ready to wear line, as well as home accessories, perfumes and pets accessories.
He coined the phrase “classic with a twist” and it couldn’t be a truer term to describe his designs.
Sophia Webster is one of the most unique brands out there at the moment and it is no surprise she is growing at an exponential rate. Year on year, she continues to surprise and delight with gorgeous designs which never fails to raise a smile. Her colourful, fun and full of life shoes and bags are always eye-catching and beyond unique.
They’ve also managed to capture the social media side with their amazing and very witty Snapchat which is hilarious and you need to follow.
No one has worked as tirelessly as Victoria Beckham at proving people she is a worthy fashion designer. I have unlimited respect for how hard she has worked to build her brand and that she is, at last, receiving the recognition she deserves.
The tailoring and cut of her clothes is always impeccable and so flattering on the female body. Whether it’s her mid length pencil skirt, simple leather tote or oversized aviators, you can always be sure you’ll look put-together and chic in Victoria Beckham’s ready to wear or accessories.
How could I not include the queen of punk and new wave fashion? This woman is a fashion revolution in her own right. She originally shot to fame in the 1970s and has been working tirelessly ever since. She is a beacon in British fashion design.
If all that wasn’t enough, Vivienne Westwood was the wedding dress of choice for fashion goddess Carrie Bradshaw (yes, I know she’s not a real person!) which is considered one of the most iconic features in the Sex and the City film.