We at Team MissMalini are always looking out for the latest fashion news and one of the best ways to get it hot-off-the-press is straight from the fashion houses, themselves.
Of course, one of the few places where you can get all the latest style news direct from the designers, is on Twitter.
Take a look at these nine international fashion labels we follow for the absolute latest on trends, style and fashion videos.
DOLCE & GABBANA
The Italian design duo are darlings in the world of haute couture and they boast of 1,885,381 followers to prove their popularity.
A look at their timeline reveals numerous media clippings from publications across the world, promos for new products, videos with behind-the-scenes footage at their fashion shows and pictures of celebrities wearing their outfits.
Why you must follow them: For a peek into the hedonistic world of high glamour and Hollywood royalty in their D&G best.
Even though the master couturier is sadly no more, his legacy lives on in the virtual world on Twitter.
The @WorldMcQueen page caters to almost seven lakh followers and gives us a glimpse into all the edginess the label is known for.
Why you must follow them: They recently tweeted about Priyanka Chopra wearing a McQueen gown to the Filmfare awards. Nice to know that they acknowledge Indian celebrities too.
Prabal Gurung is among the younger designers who have taken the fashion world by storm. At just thirty-five years old and having launched his label as recently as 2010, Prabal has had some of the world’s most famous women in the world wear his clothes.
Kate Middleton, Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama and Sarah Jessica Parker are just a few of the stellar names that sport his creations at red carpet events.
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
That Gaultier has revolutionised fashion over the past thirty years is reason enough to follow him on Twitter. The designer happily retweets his Twitter mentions and regularly updates his feed with pictures from the latest collections.
Why you must follow him: He’s the guy who invented conical bras! Do you really need another reason?
The Versace Twitter page is high on bling and product promotions. The drool-worthy images of bags, trinkets and accessories which they tweet will have you rue the fact that you’re not a millionaire.
They also have regular fashion show updates and snapshots from their latest ramp shows.
Why you must follow them: For sexy pix of models in their Versace underwear.
When an iconic fashion House like Dior – which was founded almost seventy years ago (1946) – makes its presence felt on social media in the twenty first century, it’s something to marvel about.
Many of us might not swish around in Dior couture in our lifetime, but when you scroll through their page on Twitter and view all the fantastic pictures they tweet, you get swept up into an imaginary world and are easily transported back in time, to an era when Monsieur Dior launched his New Look.
Why you must follow them: For the sheer genius of design which the House of Dior is known for.
Pre-dating Dior by almost fifty years, Madame Jeanne Lanvin launched herself as a couturier in 1909. She was among the best known fashion designers of her time and her most famous creation was her signature perfume, Arpege.
A hundred years later, Madame Lanvin’s presence is still felt in Twitterverse with almost two hundred thousand followers of the brand.
Why you must follow them: The House of Lanvin regularly tweets pictures from their archives. So if you’re a fashion junkie, you wouldn’t want to miss out on these beautiful vintage photos in black and white.
Modern day fashion would not be complete without the Chanel label being on top of the heap. Founded by Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel in 1921, Chanel was the only fashion designer to be listed among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of the 20th Century.
The Chanel page on Twitter is a smorgasbord of high fashion and glimpses into Coco Chanel’s high life before she passed away in 1971.
Why you must follow them: The Chanel page on Twitter often uploads sketches made by their equally iconic Creative Director, Karl Lagerfeld. Students of fashion could learn a thing or two from his technique.
Having launched her own label in 2001, Stella McCartney is one of the younger names to reckon with in the fashion world. The daughter of Beatle Paul McCartney and an aggressive animal rights activist, Stella doesn’t use animal products in her clothing, accessories and makeup.
Why you must follow them: The Stella McCartney page on Twitter has numerous pictures of their products, with links to their online shopping page, so you can shop till you drop at the click of your mouse.