To survive in this business, you’ve got to have more than talent. You have to be shrewd, savvy, determined—and a crazy-hard worker.
Like Alexander Wang, the designer It-boy turned retail mogul turned leader of one of the world’s most culturally significant fashion houses. Or Karlie Kloss, the model who recently made news out of a haircut–and a mini-business out of her health-conscious cookie recipes. Then there’s Grace Coddington, the 71-year-old stylist whose memoir is the only thing anybody’s reading.
Wang, Kloss, Coddington, and 47 more exceptional people make up 2013′s Fashionista 50–our list of the most influential members of the New York fashion industry. To compile the list, we used our own knowledge of the industry combined with advice from inside sources. To be considered, candidates had to live and work in New York for most of the year. (To see 2011′s Fashionista 50, click here.)
Let us know what you think: 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.
Behind the Scenes
Gayle Dizon, Dizon Inc.
Gucci Westman Neville, Revlon
Steven Kolb, CFDA
Mitch Grossbach, CAA
Nicky Balestrieri, ExtraExtra Creative
Michael Harper, Into the Gloss
Robert Burke, Robert Burke & Associates
Ed Filipowski and Julie Mannion, KCD
Sylvie Picquet Damesme and Pierre Rougier, PR Consulting