Over 15 years we have met some of the fashion industry’s biggest names, discovering what inspires them and uncovering the depths of imagination that spur their collections. For some, such as Maria Giulia Maramotti, fashion is a family matter; others, like Salvatore Ferragamo creative director Massimiliano Giornetti, rose through the ranks. Michael Kors has become synonymous with jet-set style, Jean Paul Gaultier ‘s banner spans haute couture, accessories, ready-to-wear ladies’ and men’s, junior, baby, and fur lines, and Max Azria created an expansive empire with BCBGMAXAZRIA, Max Azria Collection, and Hervé Léger by Max Azria.
Felipe Oliveira Baptista has given Lacoste’s iconic crocodile even more bite; Christian Louboutin’s signature red soles have been red-carpet fixtures for more than a decade; and at 31 rue Cambon in Paris, petites mains—little hands—fastidiously realize Karl Lagerfeld’s renditions for Chanel haute couture each season. Herewith, their stories.