The Most Popular Fashion Brands of 2012
- Next1 of 11J.Crew; Michael Kors; Louis Vuitton S/S 2013: Imaxtree
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- Previous Next4 of 11Courtesy of Juicy Couture
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The Style Files1 of 11
As 2012 winds down, we're paying homage to the ten most searched fashion designers and brands of the year on Bing. Take a peek inside these famous lines to learn more about the visionaries behind them.
10. Tory Burch2 of 11
Before launching her bohemian-preppy line in 2004, Tory Burch worked in fashion, picking up the tools of the trade at Harper's Bazaar, Vera Wang and Polo Ralph Lauren. The following year, Oprah Winfrey publicly endorsed the brand and Burch now has 68 of her own stores worldwide—in addition to the over 1,000 department stores that carry her designs.
9. Burberry3 of 11
British fashion house Burberry is best known for its trademark tartan pattern—which is often imitated—and its classic trench. In recent years, celebrities like Emma Watson, Kate Moss and Rosie Huntington-Whitely have been the faces of the brand, which recently expanded to include a fragrance line in 2010.
8. Juicy Couture4 of 11
Founded by Los Angeles-based pals Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor in 1996, Juicy Couture skyrocketed to popularity when Madonna stepped out in one of the brand's velour tracksuits, causing the clothing item to be one of the most sought after of the decade.
7. Prada5 of 11
Originally a leather-goods shop founded by two Italian brothers in 1913, Prada as we know it today was shaped largely by Miuccia Prada, who took over the company in 1978 and created the first Prada backpack using the tough military spec black nylon her grandfather once employed to make travel trunks. The line's basic lines and colors continue to make it one of the most coveted brands today.
6. Chanel6 of 11
Coco Chanel, who founded the brand in 1909, set out to create versatile, figure-flattering pieces that a woman could wear every day. She more than accomplished this task: Among the many ways Chanel was a pioneer in the couture world, the brand is credited with creating the ubiquitous "little black dress"—the quintessential fashion staples.
5. J.Crew7 of 11
Although J.Crew was technically founded in 1983, it actually began in 1947 under the name Popular Merchandise, Inc. (Doesn't quite have the same ring to it, huh?) Under the direction of Jenna Lyons, who became creative director in 2007, the brand has gone from preppy to positively posh.
4. Ralph Lauren8 of 11
After serving in the army—and working as a salesman at Brooks Brothers—Ralph Lauren opened a necktie store, where he started selling his own creations under the Polo label. Quite humble beginnings for a designer whose net worth is now estimated at $7.5 billion by Forbes, huh?
3. Gucci9 of 11
One of the most high-profile names in fashion since it was founded in Florence in 1921, Gucci recently teamed up with fellow Italian brand Fiat to create a couture-lover's dream ride. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the unification of Italy and Gucci's 90th anniversary in 2011, the companies released a special-edition Fiat 500 outfitted with Gucci detailing for $23,750.
2. Louis Vuitton10 of 11
This French fashion house was founded in 1854 and has been named the world's most valuable luxury brand for the past seven years running. Because of this, perhaps, the brand is actually one of the most counterfeited in the world—which is why it might come as a surprise that Louis Vouitton's signature monogram canvas was actually created to prevent forgeries.
1. Michael Kors11 of 11
As a teenager, this American designer began selling his style creations from his parents' garage (what do you expect from the son of a fashion model?). Michael Kors launched his first line, for women, in 1981 and has since received various honors for his work—including a stint as a judge on the Emmy-nominated reality TV show Project Runway.
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