40 and Fabulous: A CUT ABOVE\nWhether uber-glamorous or avant-garde, they’ve created the styled of the times. To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we look back at some of the great designers who have graced our pages.\nRoy Halston Frowick was his name; slinky seventies fabulousness was his game. Here, he throws out a pitch to the Halstonettes, his loyal team of runway models.\nAt the time of this photo, the hooligan of high fashion had just been appointed head designer at Givenchy, where he fully indulged his rebellious streak until 2001.\nDuring the week, he still designs spectacular gowns. But come the weekend, de la Renta channels his inner country gentleman.\nShe was the woman who pioneered the concept of chic, easy dressing— here, putting it to the test.\n“My idea of beauty is women who are comfortable with themselves,” she said, sans makeup, before Craig McDean’s lens.\n“He was a diva: extremely talented and extremely difficult,” W founder John B. Fairchild said of the designer, with whom he had a legendary decades-long feud.\nIt was a big year for the then scraggly designer, who was just tapped to head up Louis Vuitton.\nOccasionally, the doyenne of uptown dressing likes to get down.\n“Who the hell is Sonia Rykiel?” sang Malcolm McLaren in 1994. Answer: a flame-haired icon with a penchant for playful knits.\nKlein had just expanded from designing only coats to minimalist sportswear—a style that would soon earn him the nickname Mr. Clean.\nHe catapulted to fame as the King of Shoulder Pads. With the return of high-octane eighties dressing, he could be due for a comeback.\n“Fashion is just one of the ingredients I’m interested in,” said the designer-turned-artist on the heels of his first major solo exhibition of sculptures.\nInitially, Ghesquière’s position at Balenciaga was so tenuous that he also designed two Italian collections—Trussardi, then Callaghan—until 2001, when he was unanimously hailed as fashion’s new messiah.\nThe Japanese icon, looking every bit like the high priest of dark fashion that he is.\nA champion of subversive style, the British designer, pictured on the right, in the bondage wear she made big.\nBy the early nineties, the French designer— who had introduced us to man-skirts and put Madonna in a cone bra—was already fully ensconced as fashion’s enfant terrible.\nRarely does he give interviews or make personal appearances, but before the camera, the great couturier can still be a cutup.\nThe Moroccan-born Elbaz had just been brought on to design YSL’s ready-to-wear line. “For me, this isn’t a career move but the realization of a life’s dream,” he said at the time.\nThe Kaiser, supersizin’ it.\nWhen it came to decadent rock-star style and in- your-face sexiness, Gianni Versace—seen here with his almost unrecognizable sis—wrote the book.\nWhat goes up must come down. Long before he was booted from Dior, Galliano was a bad-boy designer on the rise.\nShe defined the nineties with her sharp, elegantly tailored aesthetic—and is now rightfully back at the helm of her own label.\nHer unconventional approach to beauty, glamour, and femininity has made her into one of fashion’s most influential designers.\nToday he owns a prestigious collection of rare automobiles, but years ago, Lauren got around on a good old 10-speed.