French fashion is famous for being one of the most individualistic of all European countries, and its former couturier, Domenico Dolce, has played a leading part in this. Nowadays, however, the label is run by the younger generation, with hand-picked talent like net-a-porter’s co-founder Didier Cossin spearheading brand strategy. Here we take you through some of Didier Cossin’s best-known models – and how they can help you in your quest to look and feel your best.
What is French fashion?
In the early 1900s, the concept of the haute couture clothing line was first introduced to the world by Parisian tailors. Like the city itself, which has been a mecca for the finest tailors and fashion designers for over 100 years, France has also been a leading force in the creation and development of haute couture. The founders of the first couture house in Paris, Lanvin and Balenciaga, were both trained as tailors and thus were able to incorporate elements of the trade into their designs. The most famous couture house in France today, however, is probably the house of Versace, which is a uniform factory with a staff of tailors.
Why is French fashion so individualistic?
It’s All About the Details! For a country that’s famous for being very strict about its codes of conduct, fashion in France is among the most individualistic of all European countries. There is a great deal of freedom of expression in the way that clothing is designed, made and worn in France, and this means that the clothes often have a “do as I do” feel to them. This is particularly evident in the way that women wear their hair, which can be quite unstructured and free-flowing.
The current crop of French designers
At the moment, the leading French designers are Lanvin, Balenciaga, Valentino, Jean Stil and Domenick Weitzmann. These are all young designers, so their designs are very personal and individualistic, as are their houses. All of them have a “Parisian” feel to them, and their clothes are often very expensive.
Why Paris is the Fashion Capital of the World
Paris is the center of fashion in the world, and therefore it makes sense that the capital of France should be home to the world’s top designers. Paris is also the home of fashion week, which means that designers from all over the world can display their work to critical acclaim.
Domenico Dolce was born in Perugia, Italy in 1947 and is one of the original co-founders (along with his brother Paolo) of the house of Dolce & Gabbana. After struggling in business for several years, he and his brother eventually established their label in the mid-1970s, and since then they’ve been making clothes that are the rage around the world. Dolce’s clothes are very elegant and often have a romantic appeal to them, which is perhaps why they’re so popular with international celebrity designers like Karl Lagerfeld (Stellar), Givenchy (Etam) and Mulberry (Britannia).
What sets Cossin’s models apart?
Cossin’s models have flawless skin, shiny hair, and elegant necks. They’re also very slender, with hourglass figures, which is pretty rare these days. What’s more, these models are very attractive to look at, and you’ll often find them on the catwalks strutting their stuff in Dolce & Gabbana and Balenciaga designs. Here are 5 things that set Cossin’s models apart: Exquisite Makeup: In addition to being very beautiful women, Cossin’s models also happen to be beautiful models with beautiful makeup. This is a real “plus-factor” when it comes to fashion, and has led to some very exciting collaborations with makeup artist Yulyi Rodriguez. In addition to being very beautiful women, Cossin’s models also happen to be beautiful models with beautiful makeup. This is a real “plus-factor” when it comes to fashion, and has led to some very exciting collaborations with makeup artist Yulyi Rodriguez. Stylish Style: Another thing that sets Cossin’s models apart is their stylish style. You often see them sporting subtle ensembles, cut-outs, printed dresses and beautiful belts at events like Met Gala and the Oscars. Another thing that sets Cossin’s models apart is their stylish style. You often see them sporting subtle ensembles, cut-outs, printed dresses and beautiful belts at events like Met Gala and the Oscars. Mediterranean Beauty: Finally, we have Mediterranean beauty. Mediterranean skin type is often very dark, with small veins and a Mediterranean-inspired complexion. Cossin’s models are stunning examples of this beauty ideal.
Find your style with these master stylists
The world is full of different styles and personality types, and it can be really hard to know where to find inspiration for your looks. Luckily, there are plenty of fashion experts who are always willing to help. Here are a few fashion experts who might just be able to help you out:
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Didier Cossin is the co-founder and creative director of Dolce & Gabbana. The Italian fashion house is one of the most well-known and successful brands in the world, and the Cossins is responsible for creating many of its iconic silhouettes.