Jared Leto Profiles Alessandro Michele for the 2017 'TIME' 100

"I have witnessed firsthand the amount of thought, care and passion he puts into everything he creates."
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Alessandro Michele and Jared Leto at The Fashion Awards 2016 in December 2016 in London. Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Alessandro Michele and Jared Leto at The Fashion Awards 2016 in December 2016 in London. Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Noted fashion friends Alessandro Michele and Jared Leto are continuing their hard-and-fast bromance with Thursday's release of TIME's 100 Most Influential People of 2017, for which Leto profiles Michele. Gucci's fearless creative director landed a spot as one of TIME's 18 chosen "Artists," chosen alongside such visionaries as Donald Glover and Ava DuVernay. (Ed Sheeran also made the cut despite his latest album, "Divide," having been viciously dragged to filth by Pitchfork upon its release. Don't let your dreams just be dreams, kids.)

For the brief tribute, Leto chose to highlight Michele's creative juices and how they've earned him a place as one of fashion's top minds. Leto writes:

Yves, Karl, Gianni, Giorgio, Christian, Coco. It's rare that a new name can be added to such an illustrious list. But Lallo, as he is known to his closest friends, has more than earned his place. I have witnessed firsthand the amount of thought, care and passion he puts into everything he creates. It's inspiring to behold.

People don't just like Gucci. They desire it. And I think it's because they have some sense that Alessandro Michele pours his heart into every single thing he does, and shares with us that ever-so-elusive and powerful ingredient — love.

Elsewhere on the list, A$AP Rocky gave a somewhat shorter salute to Fashion Gawd Raf Simons, who incredibly falls under the "Icons" section with the likes of John Lewis and Viola Davis. On Simons's genius, Rocky says:

I feel like Raf Simons is important for the culture based on the fact that he built a whole new religion around fashion. It's to the point where kids, male and female alike, will get in full arguments over why he's the greatest. And it's amazing how his prior work, his archive, is more important and relevant than anything that's out today.

In all, a good showing from fashion folk amongst some of the world's biggest movers and shakers. You can read both Michele and Simons's full homages over at TIME.com.

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