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7 Top Fashion Houses and How to Tell Them Apart ...

By Sophia

The top fashion houses often have their own distinctive look. It’s what sets them apart and makes them iconic. However, unless you speak fluent fashion, sometimes decoding the top fashion houses might be a bit confusing. Not sure how to tell the difference between Balenciaga and Burberry? Then take a look at the following list of top fashion houses and how to tell them apart.

1 Balenciaga

Top fashion houses like Balenciaga have always been at the height of haute couture. These days, Balenciaga is still very much high fashion, but with more of a contemporary feel to it. While modern day designs might be much more fashion forward and cutting edge, some design details have stood the test of time. These include Balenciaga’s flamenco ruffles, stark simplicity, and barrel-line shapes.

2 Burberry Prorsum

Burberry is an iconic British fashion brand. We could all probably recognise a classic Burberry trench coat and its signature check pattern. The Burberry brand is a symbol of timeless chic and is well known for the being the best in weatherproof outerwear. You can usually tell Burberry apart because of its classic tailored lines and military-inspired feel.

3 Chanel

Ahh Chanel. It’s probably one of the most iconic fashion brands in the world. The signature look for this top fashion house can probably be summed up with pearls, tweed, and quilted leather. There’s the iconic 2.55 handbag that’s up there as one of the longest lasting it-bags of all time. And then there’s the use of tweed fabric – from classic tweed jackets to more modern shift dresses and skirts.

4 Christian Dior

The house of Dior has always been well known for having a sense of Parisian romance about it. Christian Dior designs are all about embracing femininity and ladylike elegance. Ball gowns, bar jackets, and full circle skirts are all part and parcel with the Dior label.

5 Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton is probably one of the most counterfeited brands on the planet. The brand’s signature Damier checks and LV monograms are symbols of luxury fashion. While the most recognisable offerings from this fashion house come in the form of luggage and handbags, some of the most recent collections have taken the classic check pattern and incorporated it into a range of fun and quirky clothing.

6 Saint Laurent

Originally known as Yves Saint Laurent, this fashion house changed its branding after Hedi Slimane took over the reigns. However, the Saint Laurent look has still stayed true to its roots. Iconic looks such as Le Smoking, La Saharienne, and the secretary-chic pussy bow blouses are still very present in the current collections of Saint Laurent.

7 Valentino

Valentino has long been dressing women in glamorous and elegant fashions. Valentino designs are so famous and iconic that many dresses these days are displayed in museums. One of the most iconic looks for this fashion house is ‘Valentino red’ because of the way that the designer made the red dress his own. The iconic Jackie O was also one of Valentino’s most famous clients and you can even see hints of Jacki O inspired style in collections today.

Apart from the obvious factors such as different names, different designers, and different places of origin, these are just some of the key differences between the top fashion houses today. What’s your favourite fashion house? Are there any other examples you’d like to add to the list?

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