As Fashion Week approaches, we take a look at the industry’s biggest game changers.
Brian Atwood, shoe designer; The former model’s colorful statement heels are favorites of style elites like Rachel Zoe, Victoria Beckham and Zoë Saldana.
Fabien Baron, founder, Baron & Baron, Inc.; His company produced ads for Balenciaga, Miu Miu and Michael Kors.
Erika Bearman, SVP of communications, Oscar de la Renta; Better known as @OscarPRGirl, the fashion insider is a fan favorite.
Catherine Bennett, SVP and managing director, IMG Fashion Events; The new head of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week aims to bring exclusivity back to the event.
Alexis Bittar, jewelry designer; The designer counts Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama among his fans.
Neil Blumenthal, cofounder, Warby Parker; He streamlined the glasses-buying process while donating a pair to a person in need with each sale.
Hamish Bowles, international editor-at-large, Vogue; The longtime Vogue editor took over André Leon Talley’s blank pages last year.
Tory Burch, fashion designer; She became a billionaire and added a fragrance to her line while rumors of an IPO run rampant on Wall Street.
Grace Coddington, creative director, Vogue; The legendary stylist proves her ability to influence style time and time again.
Kenneth Cole, fashion designer; The designer uses his name and influence to raise AIDS awareness through his ads and with amfAR.
Cameron Connors, president, ExtraExtra Creative; His marketing company produced events for Lanvin and Opening Ceremony.
Courtney and Philip Crangi, jewelry designers; The sibling duo designs two of today’s hottest lines, Philip Crangi and Giles & Brother.
Gayle Dizon, founder, Dizon Inc.; Her production company makes the runways of Proenza Schouler, Thakoon and Vera Wang happen.
Mickey Drexler, CEO, J.Crew; The exec is known for his mentoring partnerships, recently with Proenza Schouler and Warby Parker.
Robert Duffy, president of business, Marc Jacobs International; The man behind the business of longtime friend Jacobs’ ever-expanding label.
Linda Fargo, SVP of women’s fashion and store presentation, Bergdorf Goodman; The fashionable gatekeeper maintains the store’s reputation.
Ed Filipowski and Julie Mannion, copresidents, KCD; The PR and marketing duo was a driving force behind streaming shows for Alexander Wang and Marc Jacobs online.
Shana Fisher, managing partner, High Line Venture Partners; From Pinterest to Moda Operandi, Fisher has impeccable taste in fashion industry investments.
Lori Goldstein, stylist and editor-at-large, Elle; In addition to her work for the magazine, Goldstein released a self-titled book and styled campaigns for Jason Wu, Revlon and Tiffany & Co.
Wes Gordon, fashion designer; The 27-year-old’s designs have sheathed stars like Lena Dunham, January Jones and Katy Perry, in addition to hanging on the racks at Bergdorf’s.
Mario Grauso, COO, Joe Fresh; The former Vera Wang president moved to Canadian brand Joe Fresh to expand it internationally.
Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough, fashion designers, Proenza Schouler; The label opened a boutique on Madison Avenue and continues its rapid growth.
Cathy Horyn, fashion critic, The New York Times; She’s had spats with Oscar de la Renta and Hedi Slimane, but her reviews remain eagerly anticipated.
Marc Jacobs, fashion designer; He left Louis Vuitton to focus on his own brand, which is said to be nearing $1 billion in annual sales.
Donna Karan, fashion designer; The native New Yorker and household name uses her influence for causes like relief in Haiti and her Urban Zen Foundation.
Karlie Kloss, model; The supermodel was seen in Vogue and Victoria’s Secret this fall and is now the face of newly revived French brand Lancaster Paris.
Steven Kolb, CEO, CFDA; He oversees efforts like the CFDA Fashion Incubator, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and the CFDA Awards to grow industry talent.
Michael Kors, fashion designer; The luxury leader is on his way to joining the ranks of the fashion industry’s biggest billionaires.
Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, photographers; The Dutch duo added jewelry and fragrance collaborations to their portfolio, which includes Barneys New York’s fall fashion campaign.
Amy Larocca, fashion director, New York; The innovative weekly’s fashion features continue to stand out, supported by its site, The Cut.
Aerin Lauder, founder, Aerin; The Estée Lauder heiress launched her own chic lifestyle line and fragrance.
Mark Lee, CEO, Barneys New York; The tastemaker continues his quest to grow the store from local retailer to national luxury brand.
Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, founders, Opening Ceremony, and fashion designers, Kenzo; The pair went from owners of NYC’s hippest boutique to designers of one of Europe’s coolest labels.
Aliza Licht, SVP of global communication, Donna Karan; Formerly the anonymous @DKNYPRGirl, the insider is now a fashion industry favorite.
Jenna Lyons, creative director, J.Crew; The designer behind the brand’s shift to haute-prep continues to shine.
Craig McDean, photographer; In a time when Photoshop is king, McDean’s classical approach to fashion photography stands out.
Steven Meisel, photographer; The iconic photographer has shot ad campaigns for Prada, Lanvin and Calvin Klein and editorials for W and Vogue Italia.
Deborah Needleman, editor, T; Her switch from WSJ. to The New York Times style book has drawn back luxury advertisers.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, fashion designers, The Row; The 27-year-old twins continue to prove their relevance in fashion with their much-lauded luxury line.
Sylvie Picquet Damesme and Pierre Rougier, partners, PR Consulting; The publicity duo keeps fans buzzing about clients like Band of Outsiders, Nina Ricci and Dior.
Billy Reid, fashion designer; His work is the embodiment of modern menswear with a refined focus.
Terry Richardson, photographer; Love him or hate him, his blown-out point-and-shoot style has become a fixture in ads and fashion magazines.
Andrew Rosen, founder and CEO, Theory; He teamed with the CDFA to found the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative, an effort to bring clothing manufacturing back to NYC.
Lauren Santo Domingo, cofounder, Moda Operandi; Her online luxury retailer was the Met Gala’s lead sponsor this fall and is still the only place to order looks directly from the runway.
Tabitha Simmons, shoe designer; The British favorite shared her wild patterns with the one-for-one shoe company Toms.
André Leon Talley, artistic director, Zappos Couture; The New York legend lends his style insight to the Web retailer’s new luxury section.
Karl Templer, stylist, and creative director, Interview; Alongside his work with Interview, Templer styled campaigns for Valentino, Coach and Armani Exchange.
Stefano Tonchi, editor, W; After a successful redesign of the fashion magazine, Tonchi headed up a reinvention of the brand’s online presence.
Alexander Wang, fashion designer, and creative director, Balenciaga; From promising up-and-comer to fashion name to creative director of Balenciaga in five years’ time.
Emily Weiss, founder, Into the Gloss; Known for its insider-access vibe, the beauty site continues to flourish after raising $2 million to expand.
Anna Wintour, artistic director, Condé Nast, and editor, Vogue; Wintour still reigns as the industry’s most powerful agent.
Kate Young, stylist; Her styling for Dior Beauty, Naeem Khan and Jason Wu and a collaboration with Target turned heads this year.
Joe Zee, creative director, Elle; in addition to his work at Elle, Zee is expanding his personal brand with projects like Revealing: Extravagance for The Sundance Channel. –Photoraphy by Patrick McMullan