by Remi Betesh
WOMEN'S READY-TO-WEAR DESIGNER
When a man’s main objective of his brand is driven by the desire to make a women feel beautiful, you know it will be hard to find fault..… Some say Maxwell’s career started when he started styling Lady Gaga, but truly it started long ago in his home town. Maxwell would buy clothing from Goodwill, restyle them along with creating his own hair and makeup looks and photograph them on his sisters. When he finally moved to New York, stylist Deborah Afshani gave him the chance he was longing for. More than that, she imparted some wise words including, “Come early and stay late!” and “Be nice to people”. These two lived by phrases have aided to his longevity.
Having worked with Edward Enninful (British Vogue Editor) and later shadowing Nicola Formichetti (Italian-Japanese fashion director) more than two years, Maxwell became the creative director for Lady Gaga - and as we know once you’ve gone Gaga - you’ve officially made it! This is what put him on the map, grateful for her trust in allowing him to recreate her style into a more sophisticated look compared to her past styling choices such as the famous meat dress. In 2005 Maxwell finally gave everyone else a piece of his talents to take home. He showed his first Spring collection at NYFW. Calling the collection “American Luxury” with a focus on lean tailoring geared towards evening wear. Today Maxwell’s pieces have been worn by some of the most stylish and famous women in the world such as Oprah Winfrey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michelle Obama of course Lady Gaga and more. He hopes that his story helps those out there who also came from the middle of no where to make it, and to show a lot has changed in such a short period of time!
California born and bread, Jennifer Fisher started off her career as a wardrobe stylist on films, television shows and commercials. When Jennifer gave birth to her first child, Shane, she started to look for a piece of jewellery that was personalised and that would fit with her style. Unable to find anything she created a piece with ‘Shane’ stamped across the front and styled it on a thick long chain and hey presto! Her brand was born!
With a fanbase that includes Rihanna, Michelle Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Lopez, her name grows daily with a list of accolades her under belt including member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (2013), and Influencer Of The Year award at the 2016 Annual Accessories Council ACE Awards. Most surprising she launched her own table salts in 2017 which typically have been sold out numerous times, in some of the trendiest New York markets and loved by every magazine editor. So, whilst jewellery shopping on her site, check out her life style section for some amazing recipes that will become staples in your home.
Jennifer Fischer gold globe cuff £880
Keeping millinery alive by her creative know-how she is a big one to watch. Gigi Burris knows what today’s modern women want to wear and more importantly how they want to wear it. Such women include Madonna, Lady Gaga and Rihanna. With a deep and connected interest in millinery starting from when she was studying at Paris Parsons, on her move back to New York she shadowed couture milliner Leah Chalfen, who happened to be her professor in her millinery Parsons class.
After graduating from Parson’s with a BFA in 2009, Burris was nominated for the Designer of the Year Award for her hats. Her company now consists of both custom couture pieces as well as a growing wholesale brand. In 2013 she was listed for Forbes 30 under 30 and the following year was a finalist for the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund. She’s a star on the rise and we’re just so excited to see what creative idea she comes up with next.
WOMENS READY-TO-WEAR DESIGNER
Though Rosie always knew fashion was her true calling, she spent a majority of her teenage years shadowing her mentor, who now happens to be her mother-in-law, famous jewellery designer, Roxanne Assoulin. Having grown up in Brooklyn, this true “New Yorker” started out at the Fashion Institute of Technology like many other famous designers today. After dropping out after two years, she quickly took her talents to Oscar de la Renta, learning the importance of draping, cutting and pinning from the talented Mr. Oscar de la Renta himself. Rosie’s next career move brought her to Paris, where she worked alongside Alber Elbaz in Lanvin’s design studio.
A few more career changes, ranging from events to floral designer, all helped shape her perspective of what her brand represents today. Resort 2014 marked the date where Rosie finally debuted her first women’s ready to wear collection and each review was better than the next. Moda Operandi even said “Rosie Assoulin showcases a deftness of craft that is well beyond her design years” some saying she was tributing to Mr Oscar de la Renta himself. She earned herself the CFDA emerging womenswear designer award in 2015, which quickly put her on the map. She now dresses a wide range of famous women including Beyonce for her visual album of ‘Lemonade’, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwyneth Paltrow and more. WE HEART ROSIE.
WOMEN'S SHOE DESIGNER
What is the one thing people look for when it comes to shoes? Style? Well yes of course but aside from that, comfort! It may sound a bit Mum like but let’s face it, the better your shoes feel, the longer you know you’ll have them on your feet. Designers of the brand Malone Souliers say “Comfort is where we start!”. Mary Alice Malone, one of the founders started her career in furniture making. Crafting furniture by welding, carpentry and upholstery, she took her talents along to create shoes, learning her craft by enrolling in the Cordwainers course at the London College of Fashion and then working at other ateliers before founding her own brand. Malone once explained how fashion and furniture are similar “Both items need to be functional before they can be beautiful. You’re bound by functionality, and there is technology to adhere to before you can come to the pretty lines and pretty colours.”