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  • Writer's pictureClaudio Fibonacci

Empowering Women Through Fashion: 12 Designers Share the Most Meaningful Pieces in Their Wardrobes

Fashion to Empower: 12 Women’s Designers on the Most Meaningful Pieces They Own

Fashion to Empower: 12 Women’s Designers on the Most Meaningful Pieces They Own


Clothing often carries more than just fabric and thread; it embodies personal stories, inspirations, and aspirations. This is especially true for women’s fashion designers, whose creations are deeply influenced by their experiences and perspectives. In celebration of our Women Dressing Women issue, we delve into the stories of 12 distinguished women’s designers and the pieces that hold a special place in their hearts.

The Connection Between Fashion and Empowerment

For many women in the fashion industry, certain pieces go beyond their aesthetic value, embodying empowerment, creativity, and kinship. These designers share a mutual admiration for each other’s work, drawing inspiration and strength from the pieces created by their peers.

The Essence of Meaningful Fashion

  1. Amy Smilovic: Adores Aisling Camps’ designs for their integrity and the connection she feels as an entrepreneur and mother.

  2. Anna October: Finds inspiration in Rei Kawakubo’s limitless dreaming and the enduring charm of Ann Demeulemeester boots and Bode dresses.

  3. Alex Eagle: Cherishes the timeless staples created by the Olsens and the considered elegance of Le Monde Béryl footwear.

  4. Olympia Gayot: Values the modern yet classic designs of Repossi rings and the emotional color palettes of Maryam Nassir Zadeh.

Inspiration Across Generations

  1. Elizabeth Giardina: Draws inspiration from personal connections to jasper stones and the simplicity of shared family clothing.

  2. Sophie Bille Brahe: Admires upcycled denim and the iconic simplicity of The Row’s knitwear, alongside the elegance of Prada tulle skirts.

  3. Meg Strachan: Embraces the blend of menswear with feminine details and the appeal of practical yet stylish accessories.

  4. Rosh Mahtani: Prefers a minimalist wardrobe complemented by timeless Toteme loafers and Cou Cou’s nostalgic cotton tops.

Empowering Through Design

  1. Noura Sakkhija: Sees empowerment in Diane Von Furstenburg’s designs and the timeless elegance of Tove Studio’s cream coat.

  2. Jenni Lee: Finds strength in the versatility of pearl necklaces and the functionality of High Sport’s “power pants.”

  3. Talia Loubaton: Appreciates the femininity of Le Monde Béryl mules and the bold statement of Khaite boots.


The pieces that these women designers hold dear are testament to the power of fashion as a form of expression and empowerment. They not only showcase the creators’ talents but also their connections to one another, highlighting a shared journey of inspiration, creativity, and empowerment.

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