Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons. More than just a mere fashion designer, Kawakubo is also highly regarded as one of Japan's greatest fashion exports and has extended her expertise to mentoring and bringing other fashion designers into her fold.
Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. Stepping into the shoes of the late Lee McQueen is no mean feat, but Burton has done an exceptional job furthering his legacy and at the same time, showing off her own chops as a designer.
Marine Serre of Marine Serre. The French fashion designer is part of pop culture history with her moon prints seen on celebrities the likes of Beyoncé and Adele. But her designs include sustainable elements even before it became a hot button issue.
Miuccia Prada of Prada. She may have just recently partnered up with Raf Simons to revitalise the Prada brand, but Miuccia has always been revered for her fashion-forward concepts so much so that they're continuously referenced by every other designer.
Donatella Versace of Versace. After the death of her brother Gianni, Donatella has stepped up in taking on the creative reins of the Versace house, often reinterpreting Gianni's icons for the modern age.
Paria Farzaneh of paria /FARZANEH. Beyond her streetwear-leaning designs, Farzaneh is known for imbuing her designs with her Iranian heritage in the form of prints, ideation and silhouettes.
Silvia Venturini Fendi of Fendi. The foremost creative of the Fendi family, Venturini Fendi is credited for creating the Baguette bag. But her strengths include designing stellar menswear that has evolved with the times, peppered with collaborations.
Feng Chen Wang of Feng Chen Wang. The China-born and London-educated designer is no stranger to the streetwear scene thanks to an ongoing collaboration with Converse. Her ready-to-wear designs marry her oriental roots with contemporary silhouettes.
Chitose Abe of Sacai. Never afraid of being political, Abe has successfully used fashion to propel her beliefs — from feminism to freedom of speech — forward, matched with boundary-pushing menswear designs.
Grace Wales Bonner of Wales Bonner. The British fashion designer is known for exploring the designs tropes of the African diaspora to create awareness and promote the diversity as well as the culture of her heritage.
Martine Rose of Martine Rose. What started as a shirting brand has evolved to become an all-encompassing menswear brand that's garnered a cult following. It's also stocked by big-named online retailers the likes of Mr Porter and MATCHESFASHION.
Véronique Nichanian of Hermès. Nichanian has been at the helm of the Hermès men's universe for more than three decades. And for all those years, have stuck to a chic aesthetic while experimenting with new leather techniques and craftsmanship.
Priya Ahluwalia of Ahluwalia. Indian-Nigerian Ahluwalia constantly draws inspiration from her bi-racial heritage, interpreting cultural motifs and prints for a modern audience.
Emily Adams Bode of Bode. A lover and collector of vintage fabrics and clothes, Adams Bode revolutionised an industry known for always creating new fashion by formulating a business that's based on old-timey techniques and upcycled fabrications.