Top 10 Overrated Fashion Designers

TT10 October 26, 2011 3

Fashion designers around the world are known for creating interesting and creative runway looks. Unfortunately, some of those designer looks do not fit the hype and actually let down fashion fans who expect good things.   Here are the top 10 most overrated fashion designers.

10. Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs is an American fashion designer with a big ego based around his successful business. While he is a successful businessman, his fashion designs often fall short and leave the shopper with a feeling of disappointment. This American designer is overrated because his fashions are usually odd, awkward, or just plain crazy.

Marc Jacobs style as depicted on the runway ruin the natural shape of a woman’s body, creating a harsh and often boxy look that results in the wearer looking frumpy rather than flattering. The shapeless looks combined with awkward color combinations make the fashions uncomfortable to look at, and probably uncomfortable to wear.

9. Zac Posen

Zac Posen for Target

Zac Posen is another American fashion designer who has seen success in the fashion industry but is overrated. While his fashions are not as over-the-top as many other designers, the main reason his fashions are overrated is the general lack of personality and pizzazz we expect from the fashion industry.

The reason Zac Posen’s fashions fall short is primarily the minimal creativity he puts into the outfits. Many of his fashions are overly conservative ones that are switched up with odd ruffles or additions to the side. While some designs are stunning in their simplicity, the lack of consistency between designs gives the shopper a feeling of disappointment.

8. Luella Bartley

Luella Bartley

Luella Bartley was an overrated British fashion designer who recently went out of business in the recession. While her business has failed, she was often acclaimed for her designs and given many awards. The main reason her fashions are overrated is the fact that she takes a sickeningly sweet approach to fashion.

Her multi-colored and overly frilly designs are certainly eye-popping, but not in a good way. Add to those colors the overuse of floral prints and ribbons in her collections and the final outcome is a look that is more appropriate for a dolly than a woman. It takes the cute and girlish styles to an extreme that becomes twisted and fake.

7. Sass & Bide

Sass & Bide

Sass & Bide is fashion line from Australia created by Sarah-Jane Clark and Heidi Middleton. While these Australian designers are able to make use of simple shapes and cuts that flatter the body, the unfortunate overuse of odd patterns and awkward mismatch ruins the design. Combine all that with some strange accessories that look like something out of the Middle Ages and the final result is a feeling of disappointment in the high-priced style.

6. Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane came into the fashion scene suddenly with his bright neon colored mini-dresses. Unfortunately, his style is often over inflated as a hot trend when in reality it is merely borrowing from previous fashion generations. The neon colors of the 80s combined with the simple mini-dresses of the 90s is cringe-worthy. While the simple cuts and shapes are a nice break from other designer’s over-the-top shapes, the bright colors leave one feeling a little overwhelmed and, frankly, a little headachy.
His use of animal faces printed on dresses was another bafflingly praised endeavor that was not up to par with the rest of the fashion world. While his fashions are simple and made for comfort, the odd prints and eye-popping colors are not quite there.

5. Matthew Williamson

Matthew Williamson

Matthew Williamson is another designer who tends to take patterns to an unwelcome level. In fact, his patterns are extremely detailed, which in moderation might look stunning, but instead look busy. The overuse of patterns in a wide range of colors is not the only aspect of this designer that makes his collection overrated; he also does not use body-flattering cuts.

The combination of sometimes gross colors mixed with busy patterns and the lack of flattering cuts results in a frumpy-looking collection.

4. Behnaz Sarafpour

Behnaz Sarafpour

Behnaz Sarafpour has attracted some big-named supporters and that has resulted in an overrated designer. While the fashions are not the most shocking or disgusting seen on runways, they do not live up to the hype that comes from the high-level support. The designer’s styles are more demure and simple than most designers and while the conservative look is not necessarily bad, it does leave fashion fans disappointed with the lack of real creativity.  Some of the famous supporters, celebrities Sarafpour calles “muses” are Selma Blair, Angie Harmon, and Sophie Dahl.

The other problem with the designs is the shapeless, almost bag-like look. Many of the designs are simply not flattering in the way a good conservative suit or dress should flatter.

3. Kim Jones

Kim Jones

Kim Jones is known for men’s wear and is often highly acclaimed for the outfits worn on the runway. This overrated designer does not provide the sporty or business looks we expect of men on the runway. Instead, the outfits shown on the runway are tired, worn out and overall rather nerdy-looking. While the outfits might appeal to social misfits, it is not a good fashion trend for most men’s needs.

The reason this designer is overrated is due to the lack of true creativity or interest in the designs. The tired and worn out look is never fashionable. Furthermore, the simplistic cuts are too plain.

2. Michael Kors

Michael Kors

Michael Kors is often celebrated for his classic women’s sportswear designs. This American designer has won numerous awards over the course of his career and has been renowned for his business acumen. While he is undeniably a good businessman with great marketing skills, his designs do not always live up to the hype of his name. As a classic designer, fashion fans expect elegant lines and a certain level of simplicity from his work. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and some designs are actually dramatically over-the-top.

While many of the designs have simple elegance, the use of odd ruffles, puffed sleeves, capes and weird textures often distract from the clean lines. The odder outfits are even disappointing for the fact that they are no longer classic looks, and it makes the shopper sad that a would-be classic designer is choosing the trendy, bizarre look of the day instead of providing beautiful clothes that real people can wear.

1. Miuccia Prada

Muiccia Prada

Prada is one of the biggest names in the fashion industry and the original company that was started by Mario Prada in Italy has become a big business. While Prada has endured long success and has become one of the most well-known names in the industry, the designs have actually become disappointing to fashion fans around the world.

While the Prada styles are classy and avoid the over-the-top craziness other designers are known to put on runways, the problem is that many of the designs are too similar to past collections. This means that instead of creating fresh designs, the designer is instead borrowing from the past and reusing her older designs while adding modern colors and textures. While this might seem like a great idea, it makes the collection less appealing and deflates fan expectations of something new and fabulous.

The fashion world is not without its great designers and while many of the overrated designers are good at their job, the hype does not always paint a perfect picture of reality. Fashion is an ever-changing and highly competitive industry. With so much hype, designers are suddenly putting out tired and drab (or freaky and ugly) designs instead of fun and interesting ones.


  1. m February 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm -

    agree about many of the other names, but marc jacobs has some of the BEST CLOTHES for women! while some can appear to be boxy, i have a bunch of his stuff that i have been wearing for 6+ years; the clothes look just as good today as they did when i first bought them and i wash and even DRY them at home.

    he makes the kind of clothes that you can wear to buy some milk in the corner store, take your kid to a park and actually play with her, then go to an art launch or some other crazy stuff like that all the while LOOKING not only APPROPRIATE but fantastic too. I LOVE MARC JACOBS :)

  2. Shyla December 10, 2012 at 3:15 am -

    Obvious omission – Stella McCartney. $800 for a tank top does not make you a designer.

  3. MasterCoat December 19, 2012 at 11:52 am -

    As a rule, most American and British designers are over-rated. Leave it to the French and Italians who know what they’re doing.