We're on a bit of a girl power streak lately. We already told you about our favorite ladies who possess both style and substance, and influential female designers; now, we present you with our choices for the most influential women in fashion right now. CNN just put out a list of the "10 Women Who Rule Your Wardrobe" as part of their ongoing "Leading Women" series, and we were thrilled to be asked to work with the news giant on this project.
You can read the whole thing here, and click through to see our choices and why we thought they deserved to be on the list.
She obviously needs no introduction from us. Wintour's power and influence in the fashion industry--in the U.S. and globally--cannot be overstated. Vogue is known as the fashion bible for good reason--it's the definitive word on fashion.
Feared and revered: As the New York Times' straight-talking, hard-hitting, fashion critic, her reviews are the most respected and the most feared. Armani famously banned Horyn from his show for a few seasons after she wrote something he didn't like.
Massenet revolutionized the world of online shopping. The first site to bring luxury and a finely curated selection of high fashion to the world of e-tail, Net-A-Porter is still the leader and trendsetter in the ever-expanding world of online shopping.
Miuccia Prada built her family's luxury leather bag business into a fashion empire. Her designs are consistently among the most directional, and subsequently imitated, season after season.
The go-to makeup artist every season: McGrath's deft use of color and statement-making beauty looks on various runways set a standard and ultimately led to work on multiple ad campaigns as a celebrity makeup artist and as a consultant for various beauty brands. She continues to create beauty looks on multiple international runways every fashion season.
Ahrendts took English heritage brand Burberry into the 21st century. Under Ahrendt's guidance, Burberry has evolved into one of the most recognizable luxury names in fashion. The brand's digital initiatives within the industry have been groundbreaking, and it boasts nearly 13 million fans on Facebook.
Diane von Furstenberg
Her iconic wrap dress is immortalized in the Smithsonian, and she works tirelessly for the rights of designers (and models!) as the president of the CFDA. Through it all she remains professional and inspirational--her dedication to the empowerment of women is legendary.
Yes, she's LVMH chief Bernard Arnault's daughter, but she's a businesswoman in her own right. Arnault has the potential to be France's most prominent businesswoman. She has proven herself to be more than just an heiress by working her way up the ranks at the world's largest luxury goods company. She now sits on the Board of Directors at both Dior and LVMH, and could one day inherit it all.
Sozzani has been a pioneer in bringing Vogue Italia into the digital age, democratizing fashion, and making a point to feature plus-size and non-white models. While some of her decisions have been met with controversy, they've always encouraged important discussions.
Philo's consistent and critically acclaimed collections for Celine have successfully reinvigorated the previously stalwart brand, catapulting it onto everyone's must-have list. It's not an exaggeration to say that Philo's relaxed, easy, slightly boxy, '70s chic is the look everyone wants right now.