Supermodels Turned Fashion Designers

Supermodels are so immersed in the fashion world, so it only makes sense that many of them decide to strike it out on their own, creating their own clothing lines and collections. From Alessandra Ambrosio to Lily Aldridge, here are a few supermodel fashion designers that are worth taking notice of.

Alessandra Ambrosio

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Alessandra Ambrosio
A Brazilian supermodel and actress, Alessandra Ambrosio made a name for herself after modelling for Victoria’s Secret, and was the first model chosen to represent the brand’s PINK line. When it comes to her own personal fashion style, Ambrosio has always favored a more bohemian, laid-back vibe, and this is what led her to launch a debut collection for Californian brand Planet Blue. With soft, flowing silhouettes and lush, sensual fabrics, the Ale by Alessandra collection is absolutely perfect for the warm summer months.

Lily Aldridge
Velvet by Graham & Spencer is a fashion brand that was founded in 1997, and focuses on elevated basics that are inspired by the West Coast lifestyle. Lily Aldridge, an American model, has worked for the brand for over ten years now, making it no surprise that they eventually turned to her to create her own capsule collection. Aldridge has now released two of these for the brand, consisting of pieces that are incredibly versatile and wearable, from plaid shirts to sheer knitwear, but all of which feature a unique twist from Aldridge.

Kate Moss

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Kate Moss
Kate Moss is a British model whose name has become quite mainstream, as she has been in the industry for several years now. In 2007, Moss designed her very first collection for fashion chain Topshop, and, after the huge success that it experienced, she then went on to design 14 more collections for the company. This then led to the end of her fashion design career for a while, but Moss has now reunited with this much-loved brand, creating a whole new collection for them, which, as was expected, has done extremely well.

Sophie Dahl
Former model, and author, Sophie Dahl has always had a passion for fashion, so creating her own capsule collection was a natural progression for the model. She did this in collaboration with Brora, a British cashmere brand, in 2013, with a collection titled The Lost Weekend. Dahl designed 13 pieces for the label, taking inspiration from gaps that she was experiencing in her own wardrobe, coming up with everything from soft, stunning cashmere cardigans to feminine tea dresses. In order to stay true to her own personal style, the color palette that Dahl chose for the collection is predominantly pale and neutral, but this just means that the items can be worn in so many different ways, and will work with just about every outfit.

Supermodels spend so much time in the fashion industry, so it only makes sense that they end up coming up with several exciting ideas of their own. From the beautiful cashmere pieces by Sophie Dahl to the down-to-earth collection of Lily Aldridge, each of these models have managed to bring an elegance and sophistication to the designs that they have created.

Fashion Week Nederland

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Fashion Week Nederland is held twice a year, in January and July. While the events have been hosted for over ten years now, they have only recently gained international recognition, and this is all thanks to the way in which the organization has managed to reposition itself in the marketplace. Rather than focusing on established international brands, Fashion Week Nederland puts an emphasis on true originality and exclusivity, with the majority of showcased designers being Dutch or Belgian. By doing this, Fashion Week Nederland serves as a platform for fashion talent for the new generation, bringing them a contemporary approach to luxury that is very much in demand.

Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam
In order to really be able to bridge the gap between commerce and creativity, Fashion Week Nederlands has four different programs, with Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam being one of the most highly anticipated ones. This is where you will find the hottest catwalk shows from both established and up and coming designers, attracting the attention of buyers and press from all over the world. For those of you who are hoping to catch some of the shows but do not think you will be able to make it to Amsterdam this July, Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam makes use of the latest technology, with all of their shows available in real time via live streaming.

Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam Off Schedule
MBFWA Off Schedule is the side of Fashion Week Nederland that focuses on culture, merging this with fashion at a variety of venues around the city. From theater to dance to photography to history, different events are hosted all over the city over a period of ten days, making this an extremely exciting time to be visiting Amsterdam.

Fashion LAB
One of the missions of Fashion Week Nederland is to make a contribution to the fashion innovation that occurs within the country, and Fashion LAB is their way of doing this. In collaboration with Vodafone, Fashion LAB is a program that runs throughout the year, consisting of lectures, seminars, workshops and presentations to assist and encourage young designers. This all culminates every January and July with catwalk shows, giving the public the opportunity to see this inspiring raw talent for themselves.

Fashion in Business
Fashion in Business focuses on companies that are passionate about fashion, whether they are actually in the fashion industry or not. Fashion in Business aims to bring together professionals from a wide range of disciplines, but each with a shared interest in the fashion business, and does this by organizing a variety of events throughout the year. By creating this exclusive fashion business community, Fashion Week Nederland is able to introduce entrepreneurs to a network that could prove to be crucial in determining their ultimate success.

Fashion Week Nederland puts a huge emphasis on supporting the Dutch fashion industry, and has gained worldwide recognition for its efforts. From facilitating inter-disciplinary collaborations to showcasing the work of young talented designers, Fashion Week Nederland has succeeded in putting Amsterdam in the running for becoming one of the next big fashion capitals of the world.