The fashion houses of Paris have been dominating world of haute couture since its very inception. Designers such as Lavin and Christian Dior were trailblazers of female fashion since its very infancy. French design has always been about focusing on the beauty of women and to augment a glamorous look and silhouette so that women were admired all over the world. After WWII fashion really started to become popular, the women of Paris wanted to shed their old drab clothes and once again feel feminine and beautiful, and that is when the Paris fashion houses really started to develop.
Top fashion is not only about clothes, just as important are the accessories that augment the gowns, suits and dresses. And in the world of handbags things do not get much more glamorous than Louis Vuitton. Vuitton is in a league of its own when it comes to bags, and hardly surprising as they have been making them since 1854. Supposedly the young Louis Vuitton had as one of his first clients Napoleon III’s wife, and as the company became more popular his son designed the world famous interlocking LV monogram which continues to this day. The famous color design of chocolate-brown with caramel trim is now as famous as the label itself.
1997 was a momentous year for Vuitton as Marc Jacobs took the helm as the new creative designer for the brand. And it was he that resurrected the old hatbox-style of bags that we see huge fashion stars now carrying around, people such as Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. Vuitton now designs and manufactures jewelry, sunglasses, clothing, shoes, and perfumes as part of their ever expanding range.
Another famous Paris fashion design house that is recognized instantly with bags is the silk scarf empire of Hermes. Their range of Birkin and Kelly bags can be seen all over the world. And their range of jewelry and perfume has expanded rapidly over the past three decades. Way back in 1837 the fashion firm was founded by Thierry Hermes who really produced fine leather riding accessories for French nobility. But it was his son, Charles-Emile saw the potential in fashion accessories and the famous old shop on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore opened and still remains.
Over the years Hermes have expanded their luxury leather bag range into many different accessory lines. But still one of their most famous designs has to be the Sac a Depeches, which was named especially after the Princess of Monaco who was at the time of course Grace Kelly. Other famous names such as Jacqueline Kennedy had Hermes commissioned to make elegant silk scarfs for her. This famous luxury Parisian brand is still going strong, and you can see their exclusive outlets from Asia, Europe, to North America. There is no doubt that Paris fashions are still some of the ultimate designs in the world, their popularity has never really waned and part of this success has been their adaptability to new fashion demands.