Designers are loved by many. One of the biggest reasons why is the legacy y that a certain name carries into a brand, aside from making one look really good and sophisticated. Here are some of the most iconic designers in history and their contributions to the fashion world.

Coco Chanel

Fashion fan or not, Coco Chanel is everywhere. Her presence is always felt in every style book, fashion blog, TV show or movie. Her signature striped nautical style never goes out of fashion. Her enduring look has always inspired many designers that came after her. While Coco and her style have a unique look, they also carry with them a deep story.

One of her most iconic designs is the “Boy Bag.” Coco Chanel was considered tomboy-ish by many and, in her earlier days, she was inspired by menswear. Her biggest inspirations were her romances and, of course, the love of her life, Boy Capel. Ultimately, it would be Karl Lagerfield who would pay tribute to such men in her life with the Chanel Boy Bag. This became one of the brand’s most sought after pieces and has become a timeless classic for this label.

Karl Lagerfield

“I love classic beauty. It’s an idea of beauty with no standard.” – Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfield is a fashion genius. He is a German designer based in Paris. It is his unique fashion sensibility, trademarks and artistry that made him what he is now. He is currently the creative director and is the head designer of Chanel and Fendi. He also has  his own fashion brand. Lagerfeld is into other related things such as writing and directing fashion shoots. He also designed the cover for Diet Coke.

Before becoming the icon that he is today, Lagerfield immersed himself by working with various high fashion brands. He has been branded as “The Master of Reinvention” as he has an innovative approach to his designs. This is seen in one of his iconic pieces, the Chanel Hula Hoop Beach Bag. The handle of this bag is a huge circle like hula hoop with the bag comprising the half of it. It might not look like a bag at first glance, but this is how Lagerfield shows his craft.

Vera Wang

Vera Wang is one of the most prominent bridal gown designers in the world. Her wedding dresses are amongst some of the most sought after internationally. Her style involves a modern and stylish approach for brides with some hints of pop culture. She is also flexible enough to offer a variety of styles that cater to every taste there is.

Her gowns have been worn by some of the biggest celebrities in their weddings. For Sarah Jessica Parker, she chose layers of tulle for “Sex and the City,” Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge picked a mermaid cut gown, while Victoria Beckham chose a silk one.

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton is a name that has gone from humble roots as a box maker and packer in France to one of the most valuable luxury leather crafters out there. There are a lot of things that make a bag iconic, but few have made it to Louis Vuitton’s level. Most people in the world, handbag lover or not, can identify its logo and unique styles.

The Keepall is a great unisex bag and is one of Louis Vuitton’s most popular pieces, which has a little sister named The Speedy. The Noe is also one iconic piece that was originally designed to keep up to five bottles of champagne.

Christian Dior

Christian Dior’s signature feminine New Look came after World War II, but not everyone accepted it back then. This came after years of military and civilian influence that came with a lot of restrictions, so such a bold move was not embraced quickly. Dior was adaptive and continued introducing iconic pieces as he brought something new every season. Since the New Look had been introduced, it has continued to assert its vision though its structured feminine collections.

The Lady Dior Handbag is its very first piece and it is one of the most iconic and special pieces designed by Dior himself. Another successful and iconic piece of his legacy is the Dior Bar Bag.

There is a good reason why designer pieces cost a lot. Aside from being masterfully made, they make you own a piece of history as well. Do you agree with this list? Share with us your thoughts in the comments below.

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