Fashionista 50: The Most Influential People in New York Fashion

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Know them well.

How do you measure influence?

Is it through website hits? Or sales? Through ad dollars? Or the number of mass retailers who've knocked off your work?

The answer is all of the above and none of the above. Influence is an intangible thing that just happens when you know your craft and you work hard at it.

To determine who belongs in the Fashionista 50--our list of the most influential people working in New York fashion--we used our own knowledge of the industry, combined with advice from industry sources. We also considered each candidate's consumer reach--through sales, media, etc.

To be considered, candidates had to live and work in New York for most of the year.

What's Fashionista's definition of influential? It describes people who are shaping the direction of the New York fashion industry, both aesthetically and in terms of how the business works.

You'll find the entire Fashionista 50 list below. Click on the person's name to read a full bio. And if you really want to click through the whole slideshow, you can do so here

Designers 

Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough, Proenza Schouler 
Ralph Lauren 
Marc Jacobs 
Oscar de la Renta 
Jenna LyonsJ.Crew 
Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty, Suno

CEOs/Investors 

Andrew RosenTheory Mickey DrexlerJ.Crew 
James Gardner, Create the Group 
Robert Duffy, Marc Jacobs 

Gary Wassner, Hilldun Factoring

Editors 

Anna Wintour, Vogue 
Sally Singer, T

Stylists 

Grace Coddington, Vogue 
Karl Templer 
Alex White, W 
Camilla Nickerson 
Lori Goldstein 
Kate Young 
Sally LyndleyJoe Zee

Buyers and Retail Fashion Directors 

Steven Alan, Steven Alan 
Amanda Brooks, Barneys New York \
Jen Mankins, Bird 
Paul Birardi and Eddy Chai, Odin 
Julie Gilhart 
Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Opening Ceremony

Photographers 

Craig McDean 
Scott Schuman 
Terry Richardson 
Bill Cunningham

Personalities/Muses 

Chloe Sevigny 
Alexa Chung 
Andre Leon Talley 
Nina Garcia

Writers 

Cathy Horyn, New York Times 
Bridget Foley, WWD 
Cintra Wilson, New York Times 
Lynn Yaeger

Behind the Scenes 

Gayle Dizon Natalie Joos 
Gucci Westman Neville Steven Kolb, CFDA

Marketing and Branding 

Carol Han and Alexandra Weiss, CA Creative 
Andy Spade, Partners and SpadeEd Filipowski and Julie Mannion, KCD 
Sylvie Picquet Damesme and Pierre Rougier, PR Consulting 
Hamilton South and Lynn Tesoro, HL Group 
Jennifer Hyman and Jenny Fleiss, Rent the Runway 
Lauren Santo Domingo, Moda Operandi