The city of love. Perhaps that’s why we’re so helplessly besotted with these six standout brands. Proving fashion à la française means so much more than a Breton stripe, our names to know need little introduction...
The low-down: Exuding the kind of insouciant soignée that Parisians do so well, this brand considers classic silhouettes through a contemporary lens.
Known for: A street-style stalwart, sculptural silhouettes, south-of-shoulder drapes and voluminous ruching are what propelled this Sydney-based brand to fame.
What to carry: There’s a story behind every one of Olympia Le-Tan’s clutches and totes. The last word in wow-factor accessorizing, they’re no shrinking violets.
The 411: Established in 1938, this iconic house has shapeshifted through time, remaining as relevant today as it was then. Fall’s spotlight shines on sequins and silk.
The story: In a movement termed ‘Rykielism’, this left-field designer has sought to liberate women through fashion since the late ‘60s. It’s Parisian to the core.
What you need to know: A pioneer of the deconstructionist movement, the Belgian brand continues to chime with a contemporary, boundary-pushing philosophy.
If ever there was a city to embody la dolce vita, Milan would be it. Our advice? Swap pasta for prêt-à-porter and peruse the brands you should really be following.
The scoop: Music is the food of fashion at this contemporary Italian brand, where Massimo Giorgetti uses inputs from his favorite indie bands to inform each collection.
The story: Famed for an ethical philosophy and luxe cashmere creations, Brunello Cucinelli’s versatile palettes and considered details nod to the brand’s Umbrian heritage.
What you need to know: Established in Germany in 1968, this designer was among the bellwethers of minimalism, accruing acclaim with her stripped-back sensibility.
Lauded for its experimentation, creativity and nurture of new talent, this capital is the second hot ticket on the fashion calendar. Be sure to dress the part in the buzziest Brit brands.
The scoop: Delivering an instant hit of personality, these award-winning accessories are the fashion set’s secret styling weapons. We won’t tell if you don’t.
What to carry: Executed using all-natural materials, this Brit brand’s luxury leather bags are designed to improve with age and patina: the forever investment.
What you need to know: After training in furniture design, Mary Alice Malone found her feet (pun intended) in footwear – each pristine pair is crafted to a T.
The low-down: The dramatic structures and ornate fabrications of this London-based designer secure her place on our It-list and in our wardrobes.
The color: Unexpected hues, trims and trinkets transform the nostalgic silhouettes of this Dublin-born brand into something new and utterly contemporary.
Known for: Sports luxe meets bucolic print: each season sees designer Amy Powney translate flora, fauna and the natural world across her whimsical designs.
Accessorize this: Born from a manifesto to ‘reinvent the scarf’, these tactile creations can be found draping the necks and shoulders of the industry A-list.
Perfect for now: Unlike anything we’ve seen before, menswear and womenswear tropes collide in the Northern Irish designer’s pioneering philosophy.
The story: After studying at Central Saint Martins, the Sicilian designer launched his namesake brand, earning worldwide recognition for its flattering silhouettes.
New York: the first stop of fashion month. From Adam Lippes to Cushnie et Ochs, ring in the start of the season and shop the brands that have everyone talking.
The 411: Fuss-free silhouettes meet feminine flourishes via this all-American brand’s beautiful offering.
The scoop: This younger sibling to the designer’s mainline collection launched in 2011. Expect classics with a twist.
What you need to know: Flirting with texture, cut-outs and glamour galore, this NYC label promises a sexy sartorial update.
The low-down: Synonymous with vibrant hues and eclectic design, this NYC brand is alive with print.
The color: Bright and beautiful, this youthful designer’s collection is primed and ready to invigorate your wardrobe.
Known for: Styles that stand up and get noticed. Each form-flattering silhouette demands to be donned with confidence.
What to carry: Think glitter, think gold - Brett Heyman's glorious hand-crafted hand candy has personality in the bag.
A family affair: Maximum personality with minimum effort: this wife-and-husband-led label proves you can have it all.