balenciaga bagUnless you watch E! nightly you are most likely feeling like me when it comes to designer brands. One day I hear that Balenciaga is in and the next day I think I hear Guess is back in? One day I hear something about Seven and True Religion in a song by some rapper and the next day I hear that Sharon Stone is wearing a gap turtleneck.

We have put together a simple little how-to-guide for you to understand some of the different designer labels, what they make, how costly they are and if it is strictly a brand for Jennifer Lopez to wear.

1. Let’s start with Prada. Ever since I first heard ‘Prada’ I have been intrigued in fact I’m pretty sure I bought a knock-off Prada purse one time that ultimately looks nothing like a Prada but I was just so fascinated by the designer name.

Prada is apparently considered one of the top and most influential clothing designers in the industry. Prada is most known globally for their handbags and luxury items such as leather accessories, luggage, hats and shoes. Most recently Prada collaborated with LG cell phones to create the LG Prada. This has not yet been released in the United States.

2. Dolce & Gabbana is an Italian designer line. Two designers make up this partnership; Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. The Dolce & Gabbana line specializes in men’s and women’s clothing, handbags, sunglasses and shoes.

3. Another designer brand that has always intrigued me and yes, I purchased a knock-off handbag of theirs is Chanel. Chanel is a French fashion line specializing in haute couture luxury goods, handbags, cosmetics, women’s perfume and men’s eau de toilette.

Perhaps the most famous of Chanel products is the perfume Chanel No. 5. Chanel is one of the highest priced designer lines in the world. A Chanel handbag can cost upwards of $2000 and a Chanel gown can cost more than $10,000.

4. Balenciaga is perhaps my most favorite designer brand name to pronounce and I was first exposed to the line when I saw a celebrity toting a Balenciaga bag on TV. Cristobal Balenciaga is a Spanish designer however the line was purchased by a French company so I suppose you could say Balenciaga has both Spanish and French influences.

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