10 Most Powerful Women In Fashion

The fashion industry runs on a multitude of movers, shakers and influencers. A good number of these are confident, uber-stylish women in sky high heels! SC made a list of the top 10 female influencers in the field of fashion right now. Getting on the bad side of any one of these ladies is highly ill-advised if you are looking to make a career in fashion! Read on to find out who made the cut.

Anna Wintour – Miss Wintour’s icy, aloof demeanor is something of a legend in our universe. She’s been the editor-in-chief of American Vogue since 1988, and she has been revolutionizing and reshaping fashion glossies ever since. While animal right activists have criticized her no end for wearing furs and leathers, Anna Wintour has calmly been the champion for young, relatively unknown designers and models. With her trademark bob and sunglasses, Anna Wintour is, without a doubt, the most powerful entity in fashion.


Natalie Massenet – We have Miss Massenet to thank for the delight that is online fashion retail. She is the founder of Net-a-Porter.com and has changed the way we shop designer fashion forever! Since 2013, she has also been the chairman of British Fashion Council.


Diane von Furstenberg – At just 18, Diane married a German prince and became Diane von Furstenberg. Their marriage didn’t last, but the iconic name certainly did. DvF is a major luxury brand, and Diane is most famous for her iconic Wrap Dress. Back in the 70’s, legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland declared DvF’s designs as “absolutely smashing.” Diane von Furstenberg is now president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.


Annie Leibovitz – Anyone who’s anyone in international fashion and entertainment has probably worked with Annie Leibovitz, acclaimed fashion photographer who has quite a number of iconic shoots to her credit (remember the very pregnant, very naked Demi Moore cover shoot for Vanity Fair?).


Pat McGrath – Pat has been named the most influential makeup artist in the world. She is responsible for all the amazing beauty and hair looks that we see on the international runways. Pat McGrath is the go to makeup person for fashion giants like Chanel, Dior and Alexander McQueen.


Rachel Zoe – Rachel Zoe is perhaps the most well known of celebrity stylists. A-list celebs have her on speed dial, in case of fashion and style emergencies. Besides catering to Hollywood clients, she also works with huge fashion houses, advertising agencies and magazine editors. Her influence in fashion is known to be quite extensive.

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Tory Burch – The CEO and Creative head at her namesake label, Tory Burch is one of the most powerful women in the fashion fraternity. Her easy and luxe designs are popular with women of all ages and were spotted regularly on Gossip Girl.

© Noa Griffel 2011Angela Ahrendts – Miss Ahrendts handled the business side of things at Burberry as CEO between 2006 and 2014. She is currently Vice President of Retail and Online Stores, Apple Inc, but she remains a force in fashion through her multitude of connections.


Phoebe Philo – The woman who revived French fashion house Celine to its original glory, Phoebe Philo is the Creative Director of the label. Her boxy, chic designs are much loved world over.


Gisele Bundchen – The supermodel mommy needs no intro! While Kate Moss is reigning as “supermodel supreme”, it is Gisele who is the highest paid one!

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