The “TROPICS MAGAZINE” Fashion Moguls List
True geniuses inspiring creativity
Away from the conventional “Fashion Moguls”, the past decade has been blessed with much more talent and the fashion industry is proof to this global genius. It was important for us to celebrate the global fashion designers with creations that have truly stood the test of time and elevate the new legends of global fashion.
The TROPICS MAGAZINE team has listed down the global outstanding fashion moguls. Here’s who makes the real money in the fashion industry – long after the Fashion Week season comes to a close.
1. BERNARD ARNAULT
Bernard Arnault, the chairman of luxury conglomerate LVMH, whose stable of brands includes fashion powerhouse Louis Vuitton. He also owns stakes in Bulgari, Hermes, and Carrefour.
In addition to being the fourth richest man in the world, he’s also the richest man in Europe.
2. LADUMA NGXOKOLO
Under the label MaXhosa, Laduma uses fashion to pay tribute to his Xhosa heritage. His pieces are strikingly modern though with the geometric designs on hip cardigans, fitted dresses, and skirts made out of mohair and merino wool. The knitwear has gotten considerable recognition across Africa and Europe.
3. GRACE WALLACE
Based in Togo and hailing from Nigeria, Fashion Designer Grace Wallace is one of the most successful Business Women Africa will ever know. Ten (10) years ago, she broke into the fashion industry with a dream of launching an african-inspired luxury brand and since, she’s gained much attention around the continent and has built a solid clientele since backed up with a franchise model conquering the west african region (Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo). With her very modern and yet traditional pieces translating the African luxurious culture, Grace Wallace is undeniably the “Madame Luxe” of West African fashion.
4. TAIBO BACAR
A regular fixture at Africa International Fashion Week and African Fashion Week Johannesburg, Mozambique designer Taibo Bacar has earned a place of prestige in the world of fashion, winning numerous international awards and becoming the first African designer to show in Milan. His high fashion and ready-to-wear designs pay tribute to the female form with specialized cutting techniques, flattering silhouettes and high-end materials. There isn’t much not to love. And with fans like Valentino himself, you know this stuff is the real deal.
5. LISA FOLAWIYO
Lisa Folawiyo’s designs are seriously stunning. Her custom prints and impeccable attention to detail — each hand-embellished piece requires around 240 hours of work — have won over the hearts and sartorial sensibilities of women across the globe, including one of our favorite style goddesses: Solange Knowles. One look at her line and we guarantee you’ll be totally smitten.
6. ELIE KUAME
Elie Kuame is a Belgium-born, Ivory Coast-raised, now Paris-based fashion designer and founder of ELIE KUAME COUTURE. Kuame, who is of Ivorian-Lebanese heritage, grew up with a deep respect for and fascination with the femininity, elegance and beauty of the women in his family—especially his mother. In 2006, this admiration for womanhood culminated in the launch of ELIE KUAME COUTURE, an ultra-feminine line of dresses and gowns that are equal parts fairy tale chic and fashion-forward, archi-structure couture.
7. MANOLO BLAHNIK
The Spanish fashion designer is best-known for his collection of high-end shoes. Blahnik started his career in Paris, where he worked at a clothes store. He later worked in London as a buyer for a boutique before finding an interest in shoes. After learning about shoe design, he began crafting his own designs, which lead to his success. Blahnik will not be showing at New York Fashion Week.
8. RALPH LEROY
Multi-faceted and creative jewellery designer, of Haitian origin Ralph Leroy allured the very hermetic world of the fashion design in Montreal in March 2009 with his fall/winter 2010 first collection for men. His vision rhymes with originality and excellence. True craftsman of beauty, he combines the rigor of the cut and his contemporary vision of fashion in a happy set of colors which marry in a festive environment. The style of Ralph Leroy is smart, urban and contemporary. His first collection, presented during Montreal Fashion Week in 2009 in the chicest room of Marché Bonsecours, was greeted as well by the who’s who of fashion as well as the media Quebecker.
9. MANISH ARORA
Manish Arora is also fashion designer who has left his mark on the international circuit in lots of ways. he was among the first to break out to major international fashion shows & is widely known to have brought out the color in Indian fashion out.
10. AKIRA ISOGAWA
Born in Kyoto, Akira Isogawa moved to Australia to study fashion at the Sydney Institute of Technology in the 1990s. He opened his first boutique in Sydney in 1993, and has regularly presented at Australian Fashion Week since 1996. Isogawa’s designs pay homage to his Japanese heritage, often modernizing traditional Japanese clothing such as hakamas and kimonos. The designer focuses extensively on textile design, incorporating techniques like printing, embroidery, and hand painting. The result is a distinct style of flowing silhouettes, sheer fabrics, bold pops of color, and layered textures.
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