Haute Couture Designers

In France, the term haute couture is regulated by law, and a fashion house must follow a very specific set of rules in order to qualify for the criteria that grants them couture house status. While the term haute couture may get thrown around all too much today, the official haute couture designers continue to produce the highest quality and most exclusive pieces seen by the fashion world each year.

Chanel dress

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Chanel
First established by Gabrielle Chanel, Chanel is a French couture house that has revolutionized the fashion industry on more than one occasion. Chanel has branched out over the years, but their couture collections are still an integral part of the brand, and are one of the most highly anticipated couture collections each year. Unlike what many other couture designers are experiencing, Chanel’s couture collections have seen a significant rise in sales, and this is largely due to the fact that the average age of a couture customer has fallen, with younger generations now wanting to acquire their very own one-of-a-kind piece.

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Kenzo
Kenzo Takada launched his couture house in Paris in 1970, and was part of a new generation of designers who wanted to push the boundaries when it came to couture’s traditional conventions, not liking the strict rules that seemed to be so set in stone. Kenzo did exactly this, shaking up the rules of couture with his colorful and exotic prints, and the way in which he mixed unique elements of his Japanese heritage with the Parisian elegance that haute couture is known for helped him to quickly gain a strong loyal following and a sturdy reputation.

Vivienne Westwood

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Vivienne Westwood
British designer Vivienne Westwood has had a huge influence over the fashion industry with both her haute couture as well as her ready-to-wear. The designer’s trademark eccentricity results in collections that are fun and quirky, and the fact that she now considers herself to be an eco-pioneer in the fashion industry, and is never shy with her political viewpoints, has only earned her even more respect from critics.

Christian Dior dress

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Christian Dior
Christian Dior founded his couture house in 1946, and showed his debut couture collection in 1947. The house was over-run with orders from world famous stars, and even members of royalty, cementing his reputation as one of the best couturiers in the world. In 1949, Dior was the first couturier to license his name to a range of luxury accessories, quickly spreading his brand all over the world. While the French Chamber of Couture disapproved of this move, it was not long before the profitable practice of licensing was adopted by most of the other couture houses.

Haute couture is an important tradition in the fashion industry, and while couture may not be the main revenue stream for the majority of designers, it is still a way for them to showcase their most spectacular ideas, with couture pieces trickling down the fashion chain and influencing the very same clothes that you are likely to purchase in the next couple of seasons.

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Most Exclusive Fashion Labels

Fashion is all about individuality, creativity and personality, with the very best fashion brands being the ones that are able to convey this with their clothes. While some brands may cater to the mass market, there are others that focus on creating garments of the best quality possible, making their collections highly sought after. When it comes time to splurge on updating your wardrobe, take a look at this list that OROGOLD has compiled, featuring some of the most exclusive fashion labels in the world.

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Louis Vuitton
Originally founded in 1854, Louis Vuitton is synonymous with luxury, exclusivity and style. For six consecutive years, from 2006 to 2012, Louis Vuitton held the title of being the most valuable luxury brand in the world, with over 460 stores in 50 different countries. Although the brand does create ready to wear collections, they also design exclusive pieces, and collaborate with artists and other designers to come up with limited edition collections.

Gucci store.

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Gucci
Gucci’s beginnings can be traced back to 1920, to a small shop in Florence that sold classic leather goods. Today, Gucci is the biggest selling Italian brand with over 450 stores around the world, as well as a variety of franchise deals and upscale department store outlets. Gucci’s distinctive style has made it one of the most copied brands in the world, but this hasn’t deterred its high-end clientèle, and the label continues to stand strong as one of the most exclusive fashion brands in the world.

Versace store.

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Versace
Founded by Gianni Versace in 1978, Versace is one of the newer brands on OROGOLD’s list, but it didn’t take long for the label to become one of the most influential fashion labels in the world. With sharp cuts, vivid prints and offbeat colors, Versace consistently pushed the boundaries of fashion, integrating contemporary culture and fine art in many of their collections. While it may be one of the most expensive luxury fashion brands, Versace’s loyal customers are willing to pay any price for an exclusive Versace piece, but with such exquisite style on the line, it is not hard to see why.

Chanel store

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Chanel
Chanel first gained popularity in the 1920’s, when Coco Chanel’s unique creations were the opposite of mainstream fashion at the time. Known for the invention of the Little Black Dress, as well as for the Chanel Suit and the Chanel No. 5 perfume, Chanel has become one of the most popular fashion houses of our time. Their collections are loved by celebrities and models, from Marilyn Monroe to Nicole Kidman, helping to elevate the brand’s status. While their ready to wear collections are always stunning, it is Chanel’s haute couture that OROGOLD loves the most, with these exclusive pieces being especially sought after.

From Louis Vuitton to Chanel, these fashion brands are not only some of the most exclusive in the world, but also some of the most well known. While the fashion industry may always be evolving, it is great to see that these luxury brands are able to hold their own, and continue to creatively innovate, significantly influencing the fashion industry as a whole.

Timeless Fashion Buys to Invest In – OROGOLD Reviews

Trends will always come and go, but there are certain items that you will be able to use season after season, year after year. OROGOLD brings you the timeless fashion buys that every woman should invest in.

A Pair of Chanel Cap Toe Flats
The iconic Chanel cap toe flats need no introduction, as they have taken the world by storm, spawning many lookalikes from other brands. These classic flats can be worn with almost any outfit, be it a casual look, with shorts or jeans, or a more elegant look paired with a dress. Not only do they come in a variety of colors, but many styles also feature an adjustable leather tie, that alters how snugly the flats fit around your feet.

An Hermès Bag
An Hermès bag, a Birkin or a Kelly bag in particular, is the ultimate status symbol, and is sought after by women all over the world. Each bag is handmade in the finest leather, and sells for anywhere between $9000 to $150,000, depending on the exact materials used. Although there are usually long waiting lists to endure before you can purchase one of the bags, the wait is worth it as you will then own an investment piece that will last you a lifetime. Once your bag starts to show signs of wear and tear, you can take it in for a Birkin spa treatment, where it will be refurbished and will look as good as new.

Classic Louboutin Pumps
Over the last two decades, Christian Louboutin’s trademarked red soles have become iconic when it comes to classy and stylish shoes. Louboutin pumps come in all shapes and colors, with many styles adorned with crystals or spikes, but a classic pair, such as the Pigalle or So Kate styles, are what OROGOLD believes to be a truly timeless pair of shoes. The shape and cut of each shoe accentuates the leg and urges women to stand up straight, improving their posture, and the splash of red underneath is a confidence booster to anyone who wears them.

Chanel Pearls
Coco Chanel launched her first line of costume jewelery in 1924, and it was a huge success, being described by Harper’s Bazaar as ‘one of the most revolutionary designs of our time’. The beauty of pearls transcends age and culture, and can be worn in so many ways, whether you are heading to work in the middle of London or dining out on sushi in downtown Tokyo. Pearls are also extremely versatile, and look great either worn on their own, layered with other pieces of jewelery, or worn tighter like a cuff or a chunky choker. Many styles of Chanel peals are often interspersed with glass or crystal beads, adding texture, interest and a modern yet timeless quality.

Investing in timeless pieces is always worth it, as it is something that you will love all through your life, whether you’re in your 20s or your 60s. Although you may end up spending more than you usually would, don’t forget that the items will be of the highest quality and made with the finest materials, and will give you a huge boost of style and confidence no matter what you wear them with.