Karen Millen wasfounded in 1981 by Karen MillenKevin Stanford andKaren Millen. With aloan of just £100 theybegan manufacturingand selling white shirtsto their friends. Aparty plan networkfollowed, and in 1983they opened their firststore in Kent. In March 2009Karen Millen becamepart of AuroraFashions.
Christopher KaneDesign star and Central StMartins graduate. Hequickly cultivatedcelebrities such as KateMoss, Kim Kardashianand many more. Not onlydid his graduate collectionland him the highlycoveted Harrods DesignAward but it also got himnoticed by DonatellaVersace Donatella forwhom he now designsthe Versus collection. Hehas been named ScottishDesigner of the Year twice- in 2007 and 2008.
Fashion designer Naeem KhanNaeem Khan comesfrom a family ofdesigners. His fatherand grandfatherdesigned clothing forIndian royalty; withKhans extensivecelebrity following,it could be said thatNaeem Khan designsfor American royalty.
Anna Molinari is the Anna Molinaridesigner behind thelabel Blumarinewhich she founded in1977 with herhusband GianpaoloTarabini. Anna Molinarisparents owned aknitwear factorywhere the designerhoned his technicalskills. Known for itsmodern and edgyromantic look,Blumarine made itsdebut at MilanFashion Week in1981.
Matthew WilliamsonGraduating from CentralSt Martins in June 1994with a BA in FashionDesign and PrintedTextiles, his first jobfollowing graduation wasa freelance design projectwith Marni. The luxuryfashion house MatthewWilliamson Ltd nowproduces 4 women’sready-to-wear collectionsannually and currentlyhas a customer portfoliowhich includes 170prestigious wholesaleaccounts around theworld.
Nanette LeporeOhio native Nanette Leporehas taken her bohochildhood and used it asinspiration for her criticallyacclaimed designs.Launched in 1992, hergypsy-influenced designsare feminine and youthful.The looks are full of boldcolors and brightprints, with ruffles and lacethat manage to look good-time-girly but not overlyfrilly. Lepore has alsobranched out into shoe andfragrance design.
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