Marc Jacobs believes female designers have the most influence on ''style''.

The former Louis Vuitton creative director thinks women have had more of an impact with lasting ideas, while men have done more for short-lived trends.

He said: ''Throughout history, the best designers and the ones who have made the biggest difference and the longest-lasting difference in fashion are women. Miuccia Prada, Rei Kawakubo, Madeleine Vionnet, Elsa Schiaparelli, Madame Grès, CHANEL, Westwood.

''I remember years ago, Saint Laurent was talking about how he wanted to create a style because that's what Chanel did. That's what lasts. Not to create a fashion. A fashion is a trend.''

The designer believes style is a more natural thing for women than for men.

He added in an interview with WWD: ''Style lasts, a way of dressing, a way of looking at clothes. I think that's something that instinctively comes to women. Men can try to put themselves into that head, but they aren't women. It's still a bit of dressing someone.

''You can't wear it, you can't live it, you can't understand why suddenly it feels good to wear a jacket with no shoulder pads that feels like a cardigan and has a pocket.''