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Published on March 8th, 2015 | by Rebecca Swift


Influential Women Designers

In honor of international women’s day, we’ve gathered a list of the top influential women designers in 2014. The following women¬†have made a large impact in much more than just the fashion industry. See their impressive achievements in 2014 below.

1. Diane Von Furstenberg


In 2014, DVF was ranked by Forbes as #68 among the world’s 100 most powerful women! 2014 marked the 40th anniversary of the globally recognized designer’s claim to fame – the “wrap dress.” In 2014, Furstenberg also launched her new TV show on E!, House of DVF, a competition to become her next Brand Ambassador. In response to popular demand, the series has been signed on for another season. The 68 year-old Belgian designer has stayed strong over the years, with over-the-top gorgeous runway shows that never fail to impress.

Picture Source: DVF Facebook Page

2. Tory Burch


In just over a decade, Tory Burch took the world by storm. From her classic Reva ballet Flat, to her classic leather handbags, Tory Burch is one of the top designers of this decade. In September 2014, Obama named the billionaire designer as an Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. In 2009, Burch founded the Tory Burch Foundation, which helps empower American women entrepreneurs through loans, education, mentoring, and networking.

Picture Source: Tory Burch Facebook Page

3. Carolina Herrera


In September 2014, Herrera was honored with the Couture Council award for Artistry of Fashion by the Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology). The museum, which as over 100,000 visitors a year, aspires to educate the world about fashion through exhibitions, and publications. Herrera put on an excellent show at New York Fashion Week last year, with gorgeous silhouettes that are still being talked about today.

Picture Source: Carolina Herrera Facebook Page

4. Victoria Beckham


In 2014, Victoria Beckham was named Britain’s top entrepreneur by Management Today, for her fashion brand, Victoria Beckham. The high-fashion brand can be found on luxury brand websites like NET-A-PORTER. The mother of four, has major support from her family in her business pursuits, who always sit front row in her fashion shows. In other achievements, Beckham was voted by the UN as a Goodwill ambassador for UNAIDS, where she has been actively trying to stop the spread of AIDS.

Picture Source: Victoria Beckham Facebook Page

5. Stella McCartney


The popular English fashion designer had an honorable year in 2014. She was honored by the PETA-Approved Vegan Fashion Awards earlier last year, for her cruelty-free fashion brand. The designer is no stranger to animal prints, but all of her designs are fur-free and even leather-free (including her handbags)! McCartney also designed a children’s clothing collection this year, based on the Disney’s film Maleficient.

Picture Source: Stella McCartney Facebook Page

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