An Illustrated Guide To Fashion's Biggest Icons

If you think all it takes to become a fashion personality is a few thousand followers on Twitter and a credit line at Barneys, think again. To be considered a personality, you've got to have personality. That's got to manifest itself not only in social media, but also in the clothes you put on, the way you run your business, how you lay out your editorials, the photos you snap, and the influence you have on the fashion industry.
Of course, an inimitable sense of style doesn't hurt either. We enlisted the help of illustrator Joana Avillez to draw up the influencers who we consider the biggest-hitting fashion personalities today, and show us what makes them as unique, recognizable, and well, illustrious, as they are.
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Anna Dello Russo — editor-at-large and creative consultant

Why we love her: Her unflinching faith and obsession with fashion

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Daphne Guinness — heiress and patron of haute couture

Why we love her: Her dedication to the weird

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Diane Pernet — writer and blogger

Why we love her: Her dedication to the discovery of new talent

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Anna Piaggi — writer

Why we love her: Her exuberant style (and that blue hair!)

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Iris Apfel — businesswoman, consultant, and interior designer

Why we love her: Her quick wit and magpie-like style

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Marc Jacobs — designer

Why we love him: His masculine-meets-feminine aesthetic and constant reinterpretation of "cool"

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Rei Kawakubo — designer

Why we love her: Her dark, dedicated (somewhat reclusive) sense of whimsy

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Susie Bubble — blogger

Why we love her: Her encyclopedic knowledge of fashion, and her penchant for color

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Andre Leon Talley — contributing editor

Why we love him: His humor, over-the-top taste, and Papa Vogue personality

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Tavi Gevinson — editor-in-chief

Why we love her: Her precociousness, curiosity, and nostalgic/futuristic style

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Tom Ford — designer, director

Why we love him: His slick polish and sense of sex appeal

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Bill Cunningham — photographer

Why we love him: His enthusiasm, reliability, and integrity

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