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Threads for Her: Rachel Zoe

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” – Rachel Zoe

Fashion Fierce:

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From being a mother of two sons and a renowned fashion stylist and designer, Rachel Zoe is a huge and influential name in the fashion industry. Born in New York, Rachel Zoe Rosenzweig found fashion to be her calling. She dropped her last name when she began her fashion career. Starting out as an editor, she now works with high end celebrity clients. She has no formal fashion training and actually studied psychology and sociology before finding the fashion word to be her place. Her clients reach from Miley Cyrus and Kate Hudson to Anne Hathaway and Keira Knightley. Zoe became the pioneer for the “boho-chic” look with the help of Nicole Richie and is now known for her own recognizable style. Rachel Zoe has a line of luxury bags, was the face of Samsung’s BlackJack cell phone campaign, launched an exclusive collection of handbags, jewelry, scarves, sunglasses, and outerwear on QVC, began a salon in New York called DreamDry, and is a co-author of the book Style A to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty and Everything Glamour as well as Living in Style: Inspiration and Advice for Everyday Glamour. She was the star of the Bravo TV show, The Rachel Zoe Project, from 2008-2013. She has a daily newspaper titled “The Zoe Report.” Her clothing line and accessories collection is available in over 275 stores. Being a regular with fashion houses, celebrities, magazine editors, beauty firms, and advertising agencies, Rachel Zoe still has plenty to over the fashion industry.

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Credit: Rachel Zoe

Marc by Marc Jacobs

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“Life is a fashion show, the world is your runway.” – Marc Jacobs

Fashion’s Finest:

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This native born New Yorker was able to establish a name for not only himself, but a brand that’s known universally. Even though he came from troubled parents, Marc Jacobs didn’t let anything hold him back. His education includes the High School of Art and Design and Parsons School of Design. He sold his first line of sweaters while attending Parsons. He formed Jacobs Duffy Designs Inc. in the 1980s. The first Marc Jacobs labeled collection was designed in 1986. The Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Perry Ellis Award for “New Fashion Talent” was awarded to Jacobs in 1987 and he was the youngest designer to ever receive it. He also received The Women’s Designer of the Year Award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1992. By then, he was vice president of the Perry Ellis design unit. The Marc Jacobs International Company, L.P. was launched in 1993. The following year, Jacobs produced his first line of menswear. Louis Vuitton appointed Marc Jacobs as their creative director in 1997 and he remained in that position until 2013. Marc by Marc Jacobs was introduced in 2001. He started a fragrance line in 2006 and a film called Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton was made in 2007. Diet Coke named Marc Jacobs as their creative director in 2013. He was ranked 14th on the 2012 Out magazine’s list of the “50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America.”He has a cancer campaign titled “Protect the Skin You’re In” which features celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Victoria Beckham, Kate Upton and Heidi Klum. Jacobs has over 285 stores worldwide. Marc Jacobs also on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world’s “2010 Time 100” and throughout all controversies, Jacobs will continue making a name for himself and his brands in the fashion Industry.

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Credit: Marc Jacobs

“Dammi Gucci”

Elegant Inspiration:

Guccio Gucci was a young lift boy in London in the 1900s when his creative ideas sent him returning to Florence to design bags and accessories. Born in Florence, he eventually founded one of the biggest names of the fashion industry: The House of Gucci. The company originated in 1921 and sold leather bags. When his business went to Rome in 1938, it became a family business and he ran it with his sons. A store in Milan was open for Gucci in 1951 and then in 1953, it expanded to Manhattan. Even though Guccio Gucci sadly passed away the same year, this self-made Italian fashion designer was able to create an empire that still continues successfully today.

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The House of Gucci:

Being part of the Gucci Group owned by the French company Kering, this brand is known globally. Gucci was listed by Forbes as the 38th most valuable brand in 2013. The company is also the biggest-selling Italian brand. It started off with leather: accessories like handbags, shoes, loafers, and knitwear in his signature pattern. When Gucci became international in 1953 with a store opening in New York, celebrities and film stars also starting bringing more notice towards the brand. The double-G logo was first used in 1964 and accessories such as eye wear, ties, jewelry and watches were added. Gucci was sold to Investcorp in 1988 after family disputes. Designer Tom Ford was hired for Gucci in 1990. Gucci is also linked with Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga. Frida Giannini was appointed the creative director for the entire label in 2006. A Gucci Children’s Line was introduced in 2010. The brand is also associated with automobiles, like AMC, Cadillac, Ford Lincoln, and Ford Fiat. Gucci has been partnered with UNICEF since 2005. Gucci has also funded for over 210 projects for the “Chime for Change” campaign. Artists such as Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, and Beyonce have worked with the campaign. The Gucci “Genius Jeans” were titled the most expensive pair of jeans by Guinness World Records in 1998. This luxury brand is unstoppable.

Frida Giannini and Tom Ford:

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Credit: Gucci

Ralph Lauren: The American Dream

Not Your Average New Yorker:

“Style is personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever.” – Ralph Lauren

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Born in New York in 1939, Ralph Lifshitz (currently known as Ralph Lauren) created a global multi-billion dollar enterprise. He has a collection of rare automobiles, was named Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2010, and is the 191st riches person in the world (according to Forbes in 2012) by having a net-worth of seven billion dollars. He always knew he would be a successful millionaire and had role models like John F. Kennedy. After going through some post-secondary schooling and serving in the United State Army, he became a salesperson for a tie company. He then left the company to start his own continuously growing empire, starting with menswear. In 1972, Ralph Lauren introduced his first collection for women and the first use of the Polo logo. He was also well recognized for designing the clothing styles of the 1974 film, The Great Gatsby. The company now has over 35 stores in the United States. He is married and has three children. In 1987, he went through surgery to remove a brain tumor and went through a full recovery. He is well-known for his philanthropic charities including the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown University, the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation, the New York based Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention, and the “Pink Pony Fund.” Ralph Lauren has previously described himself by saying, “I don’t design clothes, I design dreams.” This incredible designer continues to rock the fashion industry, even at 74 years old.

Ralph Lauren Corporation:

This high-end, New York based company produces men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, accessories, fragrances and home furnishings to customers worldwide. The corporation brands the famous Polo Ralph Lauren along with Ralph Lauren Black Label, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Ralph Lauren Blue Label, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Club Monaco and Chaps. The Upper East Side of New York City is home of the headquarters. Ralph Lauren went international in 1981 by opening a store in London, England. The Polo Sport line was introduced in 1993 and the company went public on the New York Stock Exchange in 1997. Although being originally called the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, the Polo title was eventually dropped but the original Polo line remained as the flagship brand of the company. Ralph Lauren is in partnership with United States Olympic teams and designed the uniforms for the London 2012 Olympics. The Ralph Lauren Corporation will definitely be a continuously talked about fashion company as it expands.

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Credit: Ralph Lauren