Time’s annual “The 100 Most Influential People” list for 2016 has now been released, with a plethora of this year’s biggest names. From political leaders like Barack Obama and Kim Jung Un, to public figures like Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie), Caitlyn Jenner, Melissa McCarthy, and Aziz Ansari, the list covers a wide array of the sphere of prestigious influence. Most notable celebrities on the list are Adele, Nicki Minaj, and Leonardo DiCaprio, who certainly deserves this title after finally receiving a much-deserved Oscar after years of great films and nominations. However, joining the ranks of last year’s “influential person” Diane von Furstenberg to represent the fashion industry are American model Karlie Kloss, Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei, and Italian designer Riccardo Tisci.
Kloss has been named the “model millennial,” and as such was the recipient of a special profile that was penned by von Furstenberg herself; it seems only fitting as Kloss appeared as the leading model in her spring campaign. “As a model, a businesswoman, a young philanthropist, and a force on social media, she doesn’t just connect with her generation – she leads it, inspiring young women around the world to become the women they want to be, just she has one so beautifully,” said the CFDA president and iconic fashion designer of Kloss.
The various work von Furstenberg referred to in her statement were things like Kloss’s YouTube channel, her efforts to promote women’s learning in coding via a summer camp program (she has beauty AND brains? What can’t she do?), as well as other non-profit work. She is truly deserving of her spot on this list.
Guo Pei and Riccardo Tisci, as the fashion designers on this front, have achieved their status due to their artistic expression. Pei is a couturier, and as such spends large amounts of time working to please consumers. The extra work put in has landed her in the spotlight, especially after the iconic yellow gown seen on Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala. Chinese-American businesswoman Wendi Murdoch spoke over Pei’s contribution to the fashion world via a profile, which looked at the stats behind the gorgeous dress, noting that it took two years to product the one ornate garment.
As for Tisci, who was dubbed “fashion’s agitator,” Donatella Versace wrote a profile. “Riccardo is so brave and fearless, I sometimes think he must have Versace blood somewhere in his body.” His work as creative director for Givenchy certainly merits a spot on this list; as do any of the other 100 now-officially recognized influential people of the year. You can see the full list here!
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