Women’s Fashion – Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, Zimmermann

Yves Saint Laurent

Image courtesy of YSL

Gianni Versace started out in his mother’s dressmaking business and by the age of 25 was designing for some of the bigger fashion houses. In 1978 he and his brother Santo started up the Versace label.

In 1997 he was murdered which led to his sister Donatella Versace stepping up to lead designer which she has done with immense success. She now designs and leads the direction for the company with her brother Santo still by her side.

The Versace label became a hit because of its wonderfully vibrant colours and prints and sexy designs. It is a massive company with interests not only in fashion but hotels. The Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast in Queensland is a truly spectacular and luxurious six star hotel in a stunning location.


Yves Saint Laurent
YSL showed his first collection in 1962 to wild applause and admiration. He was a very shy and sensitive man, one not really made for the brutal cut throat fashion world. Yet not only did he manage to prosper but he survived to reach its pinnacle and leave a legacy of beautiful, elegant and colourful designs and some iconic products from his perfumes to his couture clothes.

His main aim was for women to have style and not to follow fashion trends. In the year 2002 he closed the doors of his house to retreat into obscurity. It was the end of an era. The new designer who has taken over now is Stefano Pilati who is returning to the YSL classics and recapturing the market all over again.


This dynamic Aussie label was started by sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann in 1991. They design clothes but their swimwear is what has won them the most attention. Their designs are very revealing and very daring. They have stores in Sydney, Melbourne, London and New York.

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