Let's cut right to the chase: We hate popularity contests. And this feature, the Fashion 50, is by no means an opportunity to cheaply rank fashion's flavors of the month. On the contrary, The Fashion 50 was inspired by something we've been seeing shift over not just 2010, but the past few years. Maybe it was the economy taking a nosedive or the flurry of budding bloggers proving—in numbers!—that they've got the inches that count.
There's no denying that fashion's rules of influence and power have changed, and, these days, it takes a whole lot more than just a celeb-studded runway show and an elite new It Bag to make a dent. And you, our amazing and equally influential readers, have a lot to do with this brave new world.
That's why we're enlisting YOU to tell us who (out of our 75 nominees) deserves a shot at the top 50. You tell us who the 50 game-changers are, the ones that carry the most weight, generate the most buzz, and, ultimately, change the course of fashion in the most unexpected ways. Vote now, and the results—ranked in order of the most votes—will be revealed in our Fashion 50 feature on December 13!