Five big influencers who dominate style from the runways to the streets
They decide on minimalism, maximalism, futuristic, boho and retro looks for the season. They put new colours on the fashion map. They launch collections, ideas and images. In short, they are some of the most important people in the fashion business.
What do they believe in? What makes them tick? Why do we love them? Read on to find out more about these fashion celebrities in this compilation on some of the best-known names in the industry.
The celebrity who is supposedly “famous for being famous” has had a profound influence on fashion. Kim Kardashian, American reality TV personality, socialite, actress and model has an influential online and social media presence that no-one can afford to ignore. She has reportedly released several products that are tied to her name and she has a huge fan following too. Her expensive couture and her day-to-day variations in style have made her a fashion icon.
Ever since Meryl Streep essayed the role of Miranda Priestly in the film The Devil Wears Prada that was supposedly inspired by Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of a well-known publication, Wintour became more of a legend than she already is. She is the lady with the beautiful bob cut and full fringe which she has sported for decades and also recently received the highest honour, DBE (Dame Commander), which is the female equivalent to knighthood.
The legendary German designer, Karl Lagerfeld, who is both an artist and a celebrated photographer, is known for his ultra-modern style and finely honed fashion sensibility. As the major creative force behind Chanel, Tommy Hilfiger, Fendi and his own label, people love Lagerfeld for his quality craftsmanship, bold colours and the sheer versatility of his skills that range from being a photographer, movie director, visionary and an award winning designer.
Diane von Furstenberg
The Belgian-American fashion mogul Diane Von Furstenberg rose to prominence when she married Prince Egon of Fürstenberg and began designing women’s clothes. Known for her iconic wrap dress which is perfect for a day in the office or a night in the town, the designer is also famous for saying – “I design for the woman who loves being a woman.”
As editor-in-chief of the magazine, Harper’s Bazaar for several years, Glenda Bailey is as legendary as her counterparts in other parts of the world. Biographers say that her rise was not gradual; it was almost instantaneous due to her hard-hitting articles and her exemplary writing style. Her vast knowledge of fashion, the industry, designers and trends have taken her to the top of the game.
The inimitable British critic and fashion journalist, Suzy Menkes who was the fashion editor of International Herald Tribune for several years continues to be a doyenne in the fashion world and an international editor too. As for her personal style, she likes to believe that it is a cross between “charming and quirky”. She is reportedly the critic that fashion designers value the most and is considered as one of the most powerful voices in the industry.
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