After generations of lone female designers, women have infiltrated the field. In our upcoming issue of GRAVITAS Magazine, we feature the women in fashion currently making waves around Sarasota and Tampa—out later this month!
In the meantime, we’re listing our top 5 female fashion designers of the moment, from across the globe:
Tabitha Simmons, Footwear Designer, Stylist, Fashion Editor
Often referred to as “The Queen of Shoes,” Simmons has garnered a hoard of dedicated fashionistas with her much-coveted footwear line. In addition to running her own accessary line, the ambitious New York City-based Brit is a contributing editor at Vogue, stylist for both Tory Burch and Dolce & Gabbana and a mother of two. Often, her styles have delicate floral details or other girly touches. Simmons summarizes her style aesthetic simply as, “feminine with a touch of English quirk.”
Aurora James, Designer & Founder of Brother Vellies
Brother Vellies was founded with the goal of introducing the rest of the world to James’ favorite traditional African footwear, while also creating and sustaining jobs within Africa. A Toronto-native and New York transplant, James first had the idea for her line while backpacking across Africa in her 20s. Now, she travels throughout the continent, particularly Kenya and Morocco, every few months to work with the local artisans, experience the diverse culture and discover new inspirations for her brand.
Rosie Assoulin, Womenswear Designer
This Brooklyn-native is well known amongst the red-carpet and street-style sets with her bold, eccentric designs. Not advised for wallflowers, these designs are personality-rich as Assoulin aspires to invoke an emotional from those who wear her fashions. For Assoulin, all aspects of life are rich with beauty and meaning, and her collection incorporates a variety of textures with voluminous fabrics to reflect her deep connection with mother nature.
Jennifer Fisher, Jewelry Designer
With A-list celebrities like “Bad Girl” Rihanna and Super Model/Socialite Cara Delevingne sporting her styles, Fisher is at the peak of her career in jewelry. At the birth of her first child, she wanted a piece of jewelry to commemorate the moment and had zero luck in her hunt. As a result, she designed her own special piece. Friends, family, and strangers saw the piece and began requesting their own, leading to the creation of Jennifer Fisher Jewlery in 2005.
Rosetta Getty, Designer
Hardly a newcomer to fashion, Getty was first introduced to the runway as a model when she was just 14 and shuttled between Paris and Milan regularly to pose for the elite designers of the time. By the age of 19 she had enrolled in the Otis College of Art and Design to study fashion. First, Getty launched a luxury children’s line, which she ran up until the birth of her own children with actor Balthazar Getty. Then in 2006, she introduced Riser Goodwyn, a cocktail dress line that gleaned notable fans like Kirsten Dunst before it was sidelined by the birth of her fourth child. Once she sent her youngest off to kindergarten she chose to once again indulge her passion with her new, eponymous line.