As you know, France has been notorious as one of the most artistic countries for many years, and it is obvious that fashion isn’t excluded. Are you a fashion lover taking a trip to Paris? One Hundred Edition has selected the best contemporary, classic and famous French fashion designers and brands that deserve to be known!
Christian Louboutin is a French brand which work has incorporated shiny, red-lacquered soles that have become his signature, that is recognized in the entire world.
Christian Dior (Dior)
Iconic fashion designer Christian Dior founded the house of Dior in 1946. Christian was always interested in art. After working for designers Robert Piguet and Lucien Lelong, Christian created his own label: he made a huge impression with his first collection with an exclusive design: the New Look – a very feminine line, with a narrow waist and knee-length skirts.
Lacroix’s dresses have been characterized by extravagance and lavishness. He is known for his 18th century-inspired pouf dress and other Fin de siècle robes. He founded his luxury lifestyle couture house in 1987and studied at the Sorbonne and the Ecole du Louvre. For his creations, Christian Lacroix lets himself be inspired by the traditions of Provence where he grew up, his passion for the England of Oscar Wilde, the Beatles, Barcelona, and Venice.
Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel learned the skill of sewing from the nuns in the orphanage, a skill that proves to be useful as she opens her first store in 1910. At first, she started off with hat making, but soon enough made comfortable clothing for women, a revolution for that time.
Givenchy was founded in 1952 by the couturier “Hubert de Givenchy” and is a luxury French brand of haute couture clothing, accessories and, as Parfums Givenchy, perfumes and cosmetics. Initially entered the market with perfume as its main product, they then began to get involved in the skincare, cosmetic and clothing industries.
Hermès International S.A., mostly known as Hermès Paris, or just Hermès, is a French high-end brand that was founded in 1837. The company is one of the most expensive and luxury brands in the world. This luxury fashion brand specializes in leather, lifestyle accessories, home furnishings, perfumery, jewellery, watches and ready-to-wear.
Beginning his career in 1970 at Pierre Cardin, Jean-Paul Gaultier launched his own label in 1976. In a move characteristic of his position in French fashion as something of an enfant terrible, in 1997 Jean-Paul Gaultier entered the world of haute couture and become a fashion icon and master.
Founded by French pro René Lacoste in 1933, the label was responsible for creating the crisp, white pique-cotton polo we all know and love today. The brand’s crocodile logo featured on those first shirts and has continued to do so ever since, becoming every bit as iconic as Nike’s Swoosh or Adidas’ Three Stripes.
Louis Vuitton started to work was trunk-maker and packer. At first, he developed revolutionary trunks, made from the canvas in the iconic monogram. Son Georges introduced the first Louis Vuitton bag with an exclusive design, the Keepall. From one thing came another and soon enough a smaller version of the Keepall was released, the iconic Speedy.
Yves Saint Laurent (YSL)
This fashion designer left for Paris at the age of 17, where he was able to show Michelde Brunhoff, director of French Vogue, his drawings and she published them directly. During his time at fashion school, he was introduced to Christian Dior and Yves worked at Dior for a long time. In 1961 he set up his own house as a French clothing brand and introduced his famous ‘Le Smoking’ only five years later.