The Power Women of Fashion
Donna Karan is celebrating twenty five years as the working womans go-to designer as the creator of Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels. In addition, the 61-year-old fashion mogul, Barbra Streisands BFF, has founded many charities which have contributed most notably to cancer research. A believer in holistic medicine, she has donated $850,000 to New Yorks Beth Israel Medical Center to test whether yoga, meditation, and aromatherapy can enhance traditional cancer treatments.
Anna Wintour is the icy editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine who rules the fashion world with an iron fist in a haute couture glove. Former personal assistant Lauren Weisberger wrote the bestselling novel The Devil Wears Prada, later made into a film starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, purportedly about the British-born nuclear Wintour. Regardless of the 60-year-olds famed difficult personality, her aggressive, no-nonsense approach and great sense of style has influenced fashion trends the world over.
Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg could have just been another socialite when she married Prince Egon von Furstenberg. Instead, the marriage motivated her to have a career, so that she could be someone of my own, and not just a plain little girl who got married beyond her desserts. Her first great design in the 70s was the wrap dress, so influential a look that an example of it is included in the collection of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Now 63, von Furstenberg continues to produce sold-out collections that women young and old love. He also serves as the President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Carolina Herrera never fails to look understated and classy! After all, she has been named to the worlds best dressed list innumerable times. The Venezuelan-born fashion designer and entrepreneur is the founder of her eponymous company which specializes in luxe clothing. She has dressed everyone from Jackie O to Renee Zellwegger. At 71 years old, the ever radiant Herrera is showing no signs of stopping she recently launched a lifestyle brand CH Carolina Herrera and opened a new store in NYC.
Although she has designed a variety of collections in recent years, including one for Kohls, no one knows weddings like Vera Wang. For the perfect wedding dress, Wang is the designer celebs and other lucky brides go to. Chelsea Clinton, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, and Victoria Beckham have all walked down in the aisle wearing Vera Wang. Wang, who is 61, has received numerous awards for her work including the Council of Fashion Designers of America Womenswear Designer of the Year in 2005 and the Andre Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award.