For more than 40 years, Diane von Furstenberg has designed beautiful, covetable dresses and ready-to-wear pieces for a strong, stylish, independent woman. Among her other chic milestones? Giving us a plethora of signature wrap-dress prints, being honored with the CFDA lifetime achievement award, moonlighting as a judge on America's Next Top Model, and committing millions of dollars to New York City's High Line public park. That said, each season DVF delivers a runway collection that celebrates bold femininity via print, color, and ultrawearable silhouettes. There's a sense of playfulness, with a sophisticated finish, that evolves with the ebb and flow of trends. Click through for our runway retrospective — and get excited for what's to come for Spring 2014.
Vera Wang has an affinity for making women look like the most gorgeous versions of themselves. Whether through simple, stunning makeup, soft hair, or perfectly crafted updos, the womenswear and bridal designer never fails to put on a flawless show. In celebration of her upcoming Spring 2014 showing at New York Fashion Week, click through to see Vera Wang's most stunning runway beauty looks.
—Additional reporting by Jessica Cruel
Looking back at Marc Jacobs's catwalk shows, it's not hard to see how much he enjoys taking risks and changing things up. No two collections are ever the same — and whether it's through the use of exaggerated layers, futuristic shapes, nostalgic undertones, or feminine silhouettes, he always delivers an array of fresh, covetable pieces. We can trace Marc Jacobs's chameleon tendencies with just a glance at his two-plus decades worth of design, high-profile accolades, and side projects (read: Louis Vuitton). It's a wonder this man ever sleeps. Click through to see some of his most memorable looks from seasons past.
Tracy Reese is known for her feminine, vintage-inspired designs, and over the years, she's created collections of flirty frocks and relaxed travelwear enough to make anyone swoon. Her shows evoke a spirit of easy, gorgeous glamour, and she never fails to send models down the runway looking natural, fresh, and ridiculously pretty. So in honor of New York Fashion Week, which officially starts Sept. 5, click through to get inspired by the loveliest looks from Tracy Reese's runway shows.
— Additional reporting by Jessica Cruel and Jaime Richards
Over the years, Marc Jacobs's runway beauty looks have ranged from ultrafeminine to modernly minimalist to beautifully bare. He's experimented with white makeup, space-age hair accessories, and teased updos, but one thing remains the same: his models' hair and makeup always makes an unforgettable statement. In honor of his much-anticipated show coming up during Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week, take a look back at the best looks he's sent down the runway.
Prabal Gurung has made such a mark on the runway that it's hard to imagine Fashion Week without him. But it was only a few short years ago that the Nepalese designer debuted his Fall 2009 collection at the FLAG Art Foundation. He moved his show to the tents by Fall 2010, had a stint with the CFDA Fashion Incubator, and the rest is history. Once Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton, and Sarah Jessica Parker started sporting his prints, he was a household name (and that's not to mention his highly coveted Target collaboration). It's no wonder why so many women flock to Prabal, the harmonious designer — who's also at the helm of ICB — is fearless in experimenting with hues while toeing the line between strength and beauty in everything he does. Take a look back with this runway retrospective of Prabal Gurung's colorful career.
By now, the Wang girl is totally iconic. It's hard to imagine the world without Alexander Wang's vision of the downtown, edgy-cool chick. While urban street style existed before 2007, the California-bred designer took that unmistakable look and refined it into something so insanely chic and wearable that every girl wanted a piece. Whether it's his slouchy denim, killer pebbled-leather bags, or body-con dresses, his creations never fail to impress with a unique brand of It factor. Currently, Alexander Wang is a globally recognized brand while also at the helm of the Balenciaga, where he infuses his aesthetic into the established brand. Take a look back with this runway retrospective of Alexander Wang's relatively short — but unstoppable — career.
Tory Burch has mastered a simple yet chic beauty look that's easy to pull off. From slicked-back ponytails and voluminous blowouts to wearable smoky eyes and glowing skin, the hair and makeup she sends down the runways are just as covetable as her iconic accessories. To gear up for Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week starting next week, take a closer look at the designer's best-ever runway beauty.
Rodarte — we can't say the name without having images of fashion-forward dresses float before our eyes. Designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy have taken the concept of a gown and turned it upside down, in the best way possible. Their designs manage to be both ethereal and completely funky — not to mention the fact that celebs eat them up! The sisters have even dabbled in the movie industry, creating the Black Swan costumes, which were inspired by Edgar Degas's "Little Dancer" statue. Since Fall of 2006, Rodarte's ready-to-wear has gotten more and more sophisticated and elaborate. Click through to see their runway retrospective.
Looking for classy, yet cool-girl beauty? Look no further than 3.1 Phillip Lim. Season after season, Phillip Lim sends a similar style down the runway: the Upper East Side girl with an edge . . . and maybe a rocker boyfriend. Hair that doesn't try too hard, makeup looks that seem attainable at home, and an overall aesthetic that the eclectic women of the world scream for. In preparation for Fashion Week, where Phillip Lim shows his collections every season, peruse some of the best beauty from seasons past.