The fashion historian Valerie Steele once told us that she wears "a kind of uniform, like many people in fashion." But in particular, designers' daily outfits tend to go beyond simple guidelines for dressing and become artistic statements that are almost as important as the clothes they send down the runway.
Case in point: most photos of Prabal Gurung feature him wearing a t-shirt and slim-fitting jeans that make him look like nothing so much as a certain rebel without a cause. Carolina Herrera has done more for the crisp white shirt than any woman of our time, and Karl Lagerfeld almost single-handedly preserves the relevance of a six-inch collar.
A look at some of our favorite designers sporting some of their favorite pieces of clothing, here in the gallery.