Every year Time magazine publishes its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. What’s great about this list is that it’s not all heads of state and scientists. Time acknowledges pop culture’s influence on the world. Fashion doesn’t always get a mention, but this year a heavy-hitter got a nod from the mag.
Tom Ford was honored, along with the people you would expect to be on this type of list, like Mark Zuckerberg and Julian Assange. Tom has obviously had quite a stellar few years, what with the growth of his beauty business, his luxe menswear, a directorial debut, and last year’s much-hyped return to women’s RTW. Rita Wilson, who frequently writes gushy things about Tom, did not disappoint in her Time tribute to him. She starts with this: “Thomas Carlyle Ford. Even his given name reflects the elegance with which it would become synonymous.” You get the idea.
WWD noted that “Ford is the only fashion industry player to make this year’s list,” but we beg to differ. While the others aren’t designers, they are definitely fashion influencers, whether you like them or not.
Blake Lively: Yes, she’s a promising young actress on a hit show, but at this point she’s known more for her prowess on the red carpet and her relationship with Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel.
Michelle Obama: OK, so they talked about her work with childhood obesity, and she’s definitely done some great work as the first lady, but let’s be real–it’s all about what she’s wearing and her sartorial influence on the American Everywoman.
Prince William and Kate Middleton: First of all, how funny is it that they are considered as one person? The wedding is big news, but what makes the most headlines is speculation about The Dress, where Kate shops, and whether or not she actually has style.
Justin Bieber: Do we really need to explain this one? If a hair on his head is out of place, governments topple.
Check out the list here. It’s always a good read, and you may even learn something.