I’ve been wanting to write about inspirational women in fashion since we received an order from a line that promotes women and positive choice. Their company is founded on the premise that women can choose to be positive or negative and that the power of positive choice is an empowering way to live. Here are a few tops from the collection:
I am not one to parade around talking about women and power, but at the same time women throughout time have inspired me to go for my dreams and to make positive choices along the way. I have always loved women entrepreneurs and find their stories motivating and hope to be able make my mark in the fashion world much like they did in their respective careers.
I started thinking about inspirational women mainly focusing on women in the fashion world and it’s amazing as we have had some truly fascinating iconic women dating back to the 1800’s. Starting with french fashion designer “Coco” Chanel. Her extraordinary influence on fashion was such that she was the only person in the couturier field to be named on Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century. Another famous Icon was British actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn remains one of the world’s most famous actresses of all time, remembered as a film and fashion icon of the twentieth century. Redefining glamour that inspired designs by Hubert de Givenchy, she was inducted in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.
And here we are in the modern day world and are blessed with the talent of many inspirational women who continue to conquer the world with their artistic and creative talents. The following women are just a few listed on the Forbes Top 100 Most Powerful Women.
Tory Burch # 88
Tony was the 2008 CFDA winner and paid her dues working with designers Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren and Narciso Rodriguez before launching her own brand out of her Manhattan apartment in 2004. Her self-titled lifestyle lines range from accessories to ready-to-wear, and she benefited early from an endorsement by Oprah Winfrey in 2005. Merchandise is now available in 31 shops in the U.S., three international stores and over 500 department stores worldwide, with four additional boutiques opening this year in Europe and Asia.
Vera Wang # 91
Fashion designer Vera Wang, best known for her chic bridal collections that are celebrity favorites for red carpet events and weddings—this past year she dressed Chelsea Clinton, Hilary Duff and Alicia Keys for their big day and spent 16 years as an editor at “Vogue” before starting her own business. Like many designers today, Wang has expanded beyond her foundation of bridal and high-end ready-to-wear. In 2002 she dipped into the mid-priced home fashion industry, selling bath, bedding and house wares. Since 2007 she has also produced a mass-market line, Simply Vera By Vera Wang, for chain store Kohls.
Donna Karen # 96
Last year marked the 25th year of business for the designer widely credited with changing the way working women dress regardless of age or size-despite stepping down as CEO and head designer in 1997, the company is now owned by LVMH. In 2008 she also created the Urban Zen Foundation, meant to raise awareness and inspire change in the world through preserving cultures, empowering children and promoting well-being by incorporating Eastern philosophies with Western medicine. Her campaign to better the world in 2011 includes opening health-minded restaurants in health care facilities in New York City.
These inspirational women have obviously made a name for themselves and are inspirations to all. I am excited to see what the future holds for ChiChi Collections!