Fashion designers are first and foremost artists and creative minds, and we all think outside of the box in order to come up with new and revolutionary concepts. Recently, I have been thinking about all the fashion designers who have expanded their brands into other mediums besides clothes and accessories. Because we’re such creative people, you can’t keep fashion designers in a (fashionable) box. We like to think about ways to make everything around us beautiful and diverse—not just shoes, dresses, and shirts.
For instance, I have been in the fashion industry for over twenty years, with True Religion, Babakul, Bella Dahl, consulting with new designers, and much more. But I love interior design too and, in the past year or so, have begun using my creative and stylish insight to construct stunning and stylish interiors in homes.
Which other designers have expanded outside the fashion box and moved into different mediums?
Giorgio Armani. Although we are all aware of Armani as a fashion powerhouse, he and his company have extended the Armani brand to include makeup, housewares, books, and even luxury hotels.
Diane von Furstenburg. Who doesn’t love the iconic DVF wrap dress? Although we adore her clothing designs, it should also be noted that DVF also designs luggage, cosmetics, a home collection, and wrote several books.
Karl Lagerfeld. Known for being the head designer of the Chanel brand (and Fendi before then), Karl Lagerfeld is known for much more than just his fashionable insight. He is also a well-known artist and photographer, and has photographed for magazines and the advertising campaigns for the fashion houses under his direction.
Oscar de la Renta. Although predominately known as a fashion designer, de la Renta was also involved in designing fragrances, homewares, and home furnishings including dining room tables, chairs, and couches. He also designed the Tortuga Bay boutique hotel at Puntacana Resort and Club.
Stella McCartney. The daughter of Paul McCartney has proven herself as a creative being with her own fashion brand (and having worked with several big names before launching it). An animal lover and vegetarian, McCartney also launched a skin care line that is 100% organic.
When it comes to being a creative person, think outside the box! These fashion designers didn’t let themselves be labeled as “fashion-only” business people—they expanded their imaginative ideas to include products from fragrances to housewares to even hotels! Let your originality run rampant with new ideas, products, and designs—you never know where your imagination will take you!
Sources: Biography.com, Wikipedia