1. Anna Wintour
Anna Wintour is the ultimate woman in the fashion industry who should not need an introduction. But for those who don't know, meet the Editor-in-chief of Vogue. Whatever Anna says goes ! Since 1988 she's established several trends. jump started several fashion careers and spearhead fashion campaigns. From the Met Gala to Paris Fashion Week, you are bound to see this woman's signature bob paired with dark designer sunglasses. Don't let her obsession for bright colors fool you, she is known for her no nonsense personality. It was even said that the EIC from "The Devil Wears Prada" (Meryl Streep 's character) was inspired by Wintour. Though it is a hard fashion rumor.
2. Cathy Horyn
Fashion is more than models. designers and influencers. One title that goes deeply forgotten is one of the strongest influencers of them all- fashion journalist. Cathy Horyn is proof of the position's power. Horyn is a critically acclaimed journalist and fashion critic who spent most of her time at the New York Times. The fashion authority provoked the ire of several high profile designers with her honest reviews, Her outspoken articles fired up various feuds with designers and celebrities. But, her response to the backlash of these feuds has earned her a great amount of respect and commanding voice in the fashion industry.
3. Annie Leibovits
Magazines were the original influencers of fashion. In the past, it took more than an I phone's portrait mode and a couple of apps to create amazing visual contents. Photographer Annie Leibovitz is the head photographer in charge within the fashion industry. Leibovitz is a celebrated photographer known for he work in celebrity portraits. Her photos are iconic for capturing celebrities' personalities. "Her images capture intimate or staged moments that reveal the playful and expressive aspects of her sitters". Her work has been contributed in Vogue, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone. In 1991, she became the first woman ever to have a solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
4. Pat McGrath
We are proud to announce the first African American woman on the list, Pat McGrath. Pat McGrath is the most influential and sought after make up artist in the world. Over the last two decades McGrath has been the artistic force behind creating, launching and developing four international luxury cosmetic brands, including her own recently launched eponymous brand – Pat McGrath Labs. American Vogue named McGrath, "The most influential make-up artist in the world.” CNN voted McGrath "one of the most influential and powerful people in fashion." Ebony magazine named her "the number one most powerful person in fashion," She has created looks for Prada, Louis Vuitton, Versace and many more. She has also done the make up of Madonna, Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift and even JLO.
5. Diane Von Fürstenberg
From a princess/ designer to a businesswoman, Diane Von Furstenberg is a fashion powerhouse ! DVF started her career as a fashion assistant while moving from Europe to New York. During her studies, she met a prince and became Princess Furstenberg. Now, most woman will stop their career at being a princess but, DVF wanted her own financial stability and opened her own studio. She had a huge influence over 70's fashion and inspired thousands of woman to build their own businesses. Her collection included various dresses with her own detail print and fabric. Though her royal status came to an end as she divorced her husband, DVF's brand continued to grow as she invented her signature Wrap Dress. In 1972, Fürstenberg designed the wrap dress that was to bring her so much recognition. The dress was made of cotton jersey; Furstenberg's intent was to create something both feminine-looking and easy to care for. Currently DVF is still working the fashion scene with her self-titled brand, several books and even collaborating with former FLOTUS Michelle Obama.
6. Miuccia Prada
The 70's had an incredible group of designer's emerge such as Gucci, Fendi and Louis Vuitton. Another top name appearing in the era was Prada. Miuccia Prada came from a family who designed leather goods. Her brother's found no interest in the family business, thus causing the woman to inherit it in 1978. She transformed the business into one of the largest names in fashion. Her design elements tested the boundaries of women wear and luxurious styling. After seeing the success of her collection she started another secondary brand called Miu Miu. Prada has received numerous accolades for her work, including the CFDA International Designer Award in 2004, and the first International Designer of the Year at the 2013 British Fashion Awards. As of 2017, she is listed as the 79th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
7. Vera Wang
Another female designer controlling the current era of fashion is Vera Wang. Wang came from a family of immigrants from China and was a trained professional ice skater. She finally hung up her skates to start a career in Vogue. At the age of 23 she became one of Vogue's youngest senior fashion editor. For 16 years, she held the position and worked with various people within the industry. After being turned down the editor in chief position she joined Ralph Lauren. In 1989, Wang was set to get married to her longtime boyfriend. Unfortunately, she couldn't find a wedding gown for herself. She drew out her own design and had a dressmaker create her dream wedding dress. She turned this story into a business by creating her own bridal boutique in 1990. She has designed looks from Nancy Kerrigan's 1990 Olympic skater dress to several Kardashian wedding dresses. Wang is the most prominent designers of wedding gowns.
8. Rachel Zoe
It is the designer's job to create an inspiring piece. It is the journalist's job to report on that piece. But, the position that gaps them together is the fashion editor or stylist. Rachel Zoe is considered one of the most recognizable stylists of them all. Even though she did not have a fashion styling education, Zoe lived in New York as a fashion editor. During this time she made no money but, enjoyed working with notable celebs like Brenda Song, Lindsey Lohan, Nicole Richie and Miley Cyrus. She even created the 'Boho chic" look with Richie. Before consumers never understood the life of a stylist but, thanks to Zoe she created a successful reality show that displayed her talents as a designer, stylist and mother. Beyond styling, she has built a career by designing her own brand, writing several fashion books and even start her own fashion newspaper.
9. The Kardashians
An influencer is a millennial term that describes bloggers or socialites rocking clothes to boost a brand's profits. Before the Kardashians, the red carpet saw nothing but luxurious designer brands. However, this family of bodacious stylish sisters made it possible for the everyday girl to rock looks similar to theirs. Kim K. West was the original powerhouse of the sisters and even received the first influencer award from the CFDA. She innovated trends to show off her curves and collaborated with hubby Kanye West to make "athleisure" an everyday street style look. The next powerhouse is the youngest of the bunch, Kylie Jenner. Kylie is a social media magnet by being the edgiest sister. She is the sister who originally collaborated with everyday brands like Fashion Nova and Pretty Little Things. Kourtney, the oldest sister has her own style due to her background in Fashion from USC. Though the smallest, Kourt plays with her looks and colors that compliment her amazing skin tone and a healthy body. Khloe Kardashian was a little late bloomer in the fashion department due to her body insecurities. However, she is the most relatable. After transforming her body; KOKO has played with fashion a lot more adding higher heels and fun fabrics. Last but not least is the supermodel of the bunch Kendall Jenner. Kendall is a model, so everything looks perfect on her. With her effortless beauty, long legs and banging body; Kendall can pull off trends that regular girls wouldn't even dare to try.
10. Robyn "Rihanna" Fenty
The woman who can make everything look good. Thank God, for Rihanna ! Rihanna is currently the most influential woman in fashion. The singer started he career as a stylish sweet Island girl. After a lot of re branding, she transformed herself in Bad Girl Rihanna. This woman has rocked everything and started every trend that you are currently witnessing. Her risk taking ability and collective demeanor has elevated her style tremendously. If you are not aware of this women's fashion, you have no business being on this site.