You guys voted, debated, exalted, and bitched—and we've heard you, loud and clear. Last month, we cobbled together a who's-who list of the most influential in fashion (at least, in our world), and it was finally time we closed the polls to tally up your votes. Of course, our initial list couldn't feature 'em all, and you guys really let us know the people you missed (until next time, Tom Ford, Stella McCartney, and Steven Meisel!). But we're ready for the big reveal... Whether through grassroots rackateering, a demonstration of a cult following, or just plain mass likeability, these were the people that have influenced you all the most. Click through for the final Fashion 50!
#1 Janie Bryant—412
WHAT: Costume designer for Mad Men
WHY: Because she's bringing The New Look back to the masses, and with it, longer skirts, curvier figures, and more thoughtful dressing. Not to mention, she's also showing the boys how their fathers used to do it—and we're all about dudes putting as much effort into looking like Dapper Dons as their lady friends.
Photo courtesy of Janie Bryant.
#2 Grace Coddington—361
WHAT: Creative Director, Vogue
WHY: Because we knew a helluva long time before The September Issue came out that Grace was ALL that. Because her legendary styling and point of view have made—and continue to make—young boys and girls all over the world want to break into the fashion industry, no matter what the challenges or the cost. Because if there ever was a fashion icon we'd worship at the alter of, it'd be her. No question.
Photo via The September Issue.
#3 Alber Elbaz—313
WHAT: Designer, Lanvin
WHY: Because we might still be waiting in line at H&M right now if he asked us to. Because he makes every woman feel like a princess. Because beautiful drapes shouldn't just be on our windows.
Photo courtesy of Lanvin.
#4 Karl Lagerfeld—300
WHAT: Designer, Photographer, Fashion Kaiser
WHY: Because Kaiser Karl is like the sartorial oracle: Savant-level skills, stints at everywhere from Balmain to Chloé, and a knack for creating insta-It-Girls. Did we mention his show-stopping Fashion Week productions, constant tabloid presence, captivating boy-toy playthings, or...umm, Chanel, Chanel, Chanel? And, yeah, he never looks back...always forward...
Photo via KarlLagerfeld.com.
#5 Douglas Perrett—268
WHAT: Casting Director, COACD
WHY: Because his eye for new faces is always spot-on, and his salacious insider blog, COACD, sheds lots of irresistible light on this mysterious industry. Because when editors, photographers, and designers are looking for the Next Top Model, they enlist the help of Douglas...and he always delivers.
Photo courtesy of Douglas Perrett
#6 Alexander Wang—261
WHY: Because we can't actually remember a time before Wang. Like a burst of sartorial sunlight, the young impresario appeared, and, from a modest collection of gorgeous knits, managed to plant the seed for something truly new, unique, and lust-worthy.
Photo via Opening Ceremony blog.
#7 Anna Wintour—252
WHAT: Editor in Chief, Vogue
WHY: Because she's the high priestess of all things fashion. She's got her finger on every facet of this world, and everyone who's anyone has likely been momentarily terrified (at least once!) by her icy glare. But despite the industry-wide fear factor, she's just a true iconoclast in every sense of the word. Period.
Photo via Google Creative Commons.
#8 Carine Roitfeld—250
WHAT: Editor in Chief, Vogue Paris
WHY: Because she epitomizes French chic. She's elegant, infinitely stylish, and has a cheeky glint in her eye when she smiles. Roitfeld is a woman to idolize both for her directional work at Vogue Paris and her covetable wardrobe. She also tops the list of women whose shoe collection we're most angling to raid.
Photo by Mr. Newton.
#9 Marc Jacobs—249
WHY: Because we still love grunge, he made Louis Vuitton beyond cool, and we still can't get enough of those $10 MJ keychains. Plus, the man who launched 1,000 knockoff graffiti bags looks really, really good naked. Marc: There really is no substitute.
Photo, Marc Jacobs Bang perfume ad.
#10 Anna Dello Russo—243
WHAT: Fashion Director, Vogue Nippon
WHY: Because she doesn't want to be cool, she wants to befashion. Unabashedly dallying with the avant garde and always with the most outrageous head pieces, the bold Dello Russo's excitement for life and all things fashion is simply infectious. Exclamation point!
Photo by Mr. Newton.
#11 Peter Gray—242
WHAT: Hair Stylist
WHY: Because he's known for his swift mane versatility and is already well on his way to serious hair stardom. Because he transforms hair into high-fashion and has masterminded looks for Hermès, Martin Margiela, Junya Wantanabe, and Betsey Johnson, to name a few. Because his work in Vogue Paris, Vogue Nippon, W Magazine, Numero, Elle, and Harper's Bazaar really makes us swoon.
Photo via Sunrise.
#12 Kate Moss—240
WHAT: Supermodel, Designer
WHY: Because we still have a bottle of CK One somewhere, she's on a magazine cover every month, and the employees at Topshop now recognize us prowling her section. Because she invented both heroin chic and boho-chic.
Photo courtesy of Topshop.
#13 Alexa Chung—220
WHAT: Model, Designer, Muse
WHY: Because we still miss recording her MTV show at noon, her style has influenced a bajillion off-hour schoolgirl look-alikes, and we could live at our local Madewell store. And because we still need that Alexa bag!
Photo by Lianna Tarantin.
#14 Miuccia Prada—210
WHY: Because she resurrected polka-dots, turned us all into cat ladies, thought it was stone-cold cool to open up a boutique in the middle of nowhere (and it worked), and continually proves she could give two shits about trends, because she invents them herself.
Photo courtesy of Prada.
#15 Phoebe Philo—208
WHAT: Designer and Creative Director, Céline
WHY: Because she had the confidence to gracefully drop out of the fashion world while her career at Chloé was in high gear (like, who does that??), had beautiful babies, and then took her time choosing the right design house, even though we're positive everyone in Paris, Milan, and New York came a' calling. Because, under her gaze, Céline has become not just a resurrected legacy brand, but a symbol of what millennial fashion can be.
Photo by David Sims via Celine.com.
#16 Carol Lim and Humberto Leon—207
WHAT: Store Owners, Opening Ceremony
WHY: Because they're best friends who started a hugely successful shop with just $5,000 and a fun idea. They've put the whimsy back into fashion and helped awesome brands team up for awesome-r collaborations. We dare you to try andnot smile while walking through the store.
Photo by Jason Frank Rothenberg.
#17 Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen—201
WHAT: Actresses, Designers, Entrepreneurs
WHY: Because watching Michelle Tanner grow up, split in two, and take over the world has been an utter delight. Taking the bag lady to new levels of chicness, the twins that just won't quit have built a fashion empire so impressive, it seems more befitting of a seasoned fashion veteran than two young babes. With such a fine resume already, the future is bright for New York's entrepreneurial fashion wunderkinds. Additionaly, two words: Oversized sunglasses.
Photo courtesy of Google Boutiques.
#18 Scott Sternberg—190
WHAT: Designer, Band of Outsiders
WHY: Because under his direction, a sharply tailored brand of preppy geek-chic never looked so good. Because Sternberg has redefined how dapper guys and girls dress, sans gimmicks. And because he's managed to infuse a whole lot of sophistication, sex appeal, and swagger into a simple button-up. Go figure.
Photo courtesy of Scott Sternberg.
#18 Lady Gaga—190
WHY: Because she's elegantly crazy, and that's absolutely fine with us. Because she's inspired a legion of little fashion vigilantes to dress in whatever makes them feel alive--whether that's a dress made of raw ribeye or shoes that could double as stilts.
Photo via Lady Gaga.
#20 Taylor Tomasi Hill—188
WHAT: Style and Accessories Director, Marie Claire.
WHY: Because she's a street style star, she starts trends (Gap puffy vests!), and she knows how to wear an armful of bracelets. Because where she gets her red hair done is one of fashion's biggest secrets, and her outfits are always the ones we most look forward to seeing each day during Fashion Week.
Photo courtesy of Giia at Street Tonic.
#21 Kate Lanphear—186
WHAT: Style Director, Elle
WHY: Because her "all black everything" wardrobe inspired a whole fleet of copy-cat Kates. But just because she's got that hard-as-nails look down pat, it doesn't mean that she can't do the super-feminine and fun thing either as evident in her styling for brands like Lauren Moffatt. Also, did we mention that she might be the only one in the world who's got us considering getting a platinum crop?
Photo by Mr. Newton.
#22 Scott Schuman—182
WHAT: Street Style Photographer
WHY: Because he basically invented the successful street style blog, has helped turn the sidewalks of Fashion Week into the biggest runway show of all, and is part of the reason men are ditching their shlubby jeans and T-shirts for bespoke suits. Huzzah!
Photo by Mr. Newton.
#22 Freja Beha Erichsen—182
WHY: Because she's not really like the other girls. With her strong features, ambiguous sexuality, and powerful gaze, Freja Beha is an island on the modeling seascape. A throwback to Marlene Dietrich, Erichsen challenges the way we view femininity--and like Dietrich, she looks damn fine in loosely tailored man pants.
#24 Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough—180
WHAT: Designers, Proenza Schouler
WHY: Because Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough are the new guard of American fashion. Since launching their line in 2002, they've dressed all the coolest girls from Kate Bosworth to Vanessa Traina, and their interpretation of youthful modern luxury is the epitome of cool. Extra points for designing the PS1, the It-Bag for our generation.
Photo via Target.
#25 Christopher Bailey—179
WHAT: Designer, Burberry
WHY: Because he took the predictability out of that century'd old check. Because he was one of the first designers to bring a heritage brand into the modern age in all the right ways (without losing its identity or making it look or feel like someone else!). And because his profile in The New Yorker was one of our favorites and made us thankful he's still got lots and lots of years left to make magic.
Photo courtesy of Burberry.
#26 Diane Von Furstenberg—174
WHAT: Designer, DvF
WHY: Because we've never loved Mom's hand-me-downs more. Because like an Eames chair, wrap dresses never go out of style. Because she keeps on shattering that glass ceiling, over and over and over.
Photo by Mark Iantosca.
#27 Chloë Sevigny—172
WHAT: Actor, Model, Designer
WHY: Because aside from her exceptional turn in Kids, Chloë Sevigny has the best style...well, ever. With legs that put Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct to shame, Sevigny has a natural retro-cum-preppy sensibility that many have tried to mimic. Not to mention, her collaborations with Opening Ceremony have left us broke and living off ramen noodles--though, very happily we might say.
Photo by Nick Wolf.
#28 Garance Doré—166
WHAT: Street Style Photographer, Illustrator, Muse
WHY: Because, through her eponymous fashion and street style blog, she's discovered a new way to share her unique and incredibly discriminating eye for style. Because despite always being on the other side of the camera, she is one of the women whose look we want to copy most. And because every Fashion Week, she gives her Sartorialist boyfriend a serious run for his money.
Photo by Scott Schuman, courtesy of Garance Doré.
#29 Jenna Lyons—163
WHAT: President and Executive Creative Director, J.Crew
WHY: Because she proved that mixing leopard with stripes, khaki with fur, and sneakers with satin would become the new uniform of the young, modern woman. Because she stayed cool as a cucumber while being interviewed one-on-one by Oprah, and because as a hard-working, Brooklyn-living, mix-it-up lady, she makes us want to be like her. And we know you do, too.
Photo by Piera Gelardi.
#30 Nicola Formichetti—160
WHAT: Editor, Stylist, Fashion Director
WHY: Because his brilliance as a stylist has been completely unfaltering since his early days at Dazed & Confused. Because as the mastermind behind the Lady Gaga style phenomenon, Formichetti has successfully mashed together high fashion and mainstream iconography in a cavalcade of vertiginous heels, disproportionate silhouettes, and outer-space wigs. Yes, he rules.
#31 Kate and Laura Mulleavy—157
WHAT: Designers, Rodarte
WHY: Because they do whimsical and fantasy better than anyone else. Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the two Pasadena-based sisters behind Rodarte, prove that you don't have to work in the garment district to create a collection that will captivate the entire industry.
Photo via Rodarte.com.
#31 Blake Lively—157
WHY: Because Anna Wintour's officially obsessed with this starlet--hello two covers of Vogue and headlining the Best-Dressed supplement. Because she's our generation's sassier Grace Kelly, okay, with a lot more cleavage. And in an age when most starlets rely on the handiwork of stylists, we admire her willingness to go rogue...and do it well.
Photo via Neil Rasmus/Billy Farrell Agency.
#33 Rachel Zoe—151
WHAT: Stylist, TV Personality
WHY: Because "I die" and "Bananas" will forever be embedded in our fashion vernacular. Because Zoe might not be the most cutting-edge stylist around, but the classic selects that she makes for some of Hollywood's biggest starlets, as well as the hours of entertainment she and her deadpan expressions provide for us on TV, fascinate us to no end.
Photo courtesy of Kit Chaney.
#34 Dries Van Noten—148
WHY: Because he taught us that high fashion doesn't have to be slick and of-the-moment, and that mixing seemingly kooky patterns and fusing masculine with feminine was a language we all wanted to speak. Because he's still our top search for vintage on eBay, we can see his influence in a million different designers, and because, each season, his shoes remind us why working in fashion is so utterly awesome.
Photo by Thierry Chomel, courtesy of Dries van Noten.
#35 Tavi Gevinson—142
WHY: Because she provides a brilliant, unaffected antidote to the establishment, her writing reminds us of our own teenage journals (at their best!), and she lets us know that there are brave little girls out there who are self-assured enough to wear whatever the hell they want--haters, be damned!
Photo by Nick Wolf.
#36 Yuri Lee—137
WHAT: Creator of Lookbook.nu
WHY: Because the site that she created has turned a gazillion people into personal style bloggers without them even having to set up a domain. Because Lookbook.nu is creating a whole new online culture of young, inspiring fashion fans who love looking at themselves--and each other--online, all day long.
Photo via Lookbook.nu.
#37 Isabel Marant—133
WHY: Because no one does Left Bank-chic quite like Isabel. If her Boho-meets-Rock'n'Roll-meets-fashion-insider designs are good enough for Kate Moss and Lou Doillon, they're good enough for us. Plus, extra props for getting in on the e-commerce action by teaming up with Net-A-Porter, and selling out within minutes every time.
Photo by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, courtesy of Isabel Marant.
#39 Eric Daman—131
WHAT: Stylist of Gossip Girl
WHY: Because he's given the Upper East Side a worldwide zip-code. Now, looking like a trust-fund baby is now just a regular Tuesday outfit. Seriously, if we had a nickel for every girl we've seen pairing their trimmed blazers with bow headbands...well, you get the picture.
Photo courtesy of Eric Daman.
#40 Natalie Massenet—130
WHAT: Founder, Net-A-Porter
WHY: Well, because the world of e-commerce just wouldn't be where it is today without her. Because she's a visionary and Net-A-Porter inspires and excites us just as much as any editorial site does. Because she understood early on that buying high-end clothing online should be an elegant but convenient affair, and by adding designers like Isabel Marant to NAP's roster, they're still on the cutting edge.
Photo courtesy of Altamira NYC.
#41 Tilda Swinton—124
WHY: Because Swinton's in a league of her own. This regal Scottish redhead isn't afraid to take a risk on the red carpet. So, whether she's donning a one-sleeved Lanvin, head-to-toe Jil Sander in I Am Love, or straight-from the runway Viktor and Rolf, you know her fashion sense will always be as insanely memorable as her roles.
Photo via Pringle Of Scotland.
#42 Michelle Obama—123
WHAT: First Lady, Fashion Patron
WHY: Because she's launched designers like Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung to fame with her outfit choices, made J.Crew feel like a luxury brand, and isn't another First Lady who wears Oscar de la Renta to every black tie ball. We love that she brings some actual fashion sense to D.C., and that she might be the only person in the White House to ever own Lanvin sneakers.
Photo, official portrait.
#43 Tommy Ton—120
WHAT: Street Style Photographer
WHY: Because his close-up street style shots are like our own personal version of porn. Because Tommy's instantly recognizable horizontal snaps of the most incredible fashion items are the pick-me-ups we always chase after. And because his encyclopedic knowledge of labels, bosom-buddy bonds with high-fashion starlets, and his sharp instincts make his blog one of the best street style websites out there.
Photo by Haneli.
#44 Amy Odell—114
Fashion Editor, NYMag.com's The Cut
Because a younger generation has finally found their sassy, critical combo of Cathy Horyn, Suzy Menkes, and Carrie Donovan all rolled into one. Mixing sharp, bracingly honest views of the fashion industry with truly hilarious and captivating headlines, Odell is way more than just a writer--she's a fresh and fearless voice to be reckoned with.
Photo courtesy of Net-a-Porter.
#44 Pat McGrath—114
WHAT: Makeup Artist
WHY: Because from Gucci and Prada to Miu Miu and Lanvin, know makeup artist can cover more 5-star fashion ground than McGrath. Because she is the makeup guru that's proved you can be as big a star as the designer. Because whether they're boundary-pushing or down-to-earth simple, her makeup trends are often one of the most memorable things we take away from a show.
#46 Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson—108
WHAT: Founders of Gilt Groupe
WHY: Because no two other people have more power over ladies at noon ET. Because they've revolutionized how we shop for clothes online, and we owe them for that distinct moment of ecstasy, scoring that coat at that price right before some other shopper got to the checkout first.
Photo courtesy of Gilt Groupe.
#47 Victoria Beckham—105
WHY: Because Posh proves there really is such a thing as a transformation--goodbye self tanner, Uggs, and Ed Hardy,'allo 'allo porcelain skin, Brian Atwoods, and Marc Jacobs. Because we actually majorly love her dresses. Because we're scared to go to the airport without a blow-dry.
Photo by Cedric Buchet/10 Magazine.
#48 Lara Stone—100
WHY: Because she's given the classic supermodel a reprise, and unleashed some serious curves back onto the runway. In short: haunting nordic features, flawless porcelain skin, and a healthy, svelte body to match. A favorite of Uncle Karl, married to David Walliams, and with a list of runway walks, magazine covers, and campaigns to rival anyone else on the model payroll, we're predicting Stone is going down in fashion history as one of the biggest faces, ever.
Photo by Piera Gelardi.
#49 Amy Astley—99
WHAT: Editor in Chief, Teen Vogue
WHY: Because this former Vogue beauty editor has been at the helm of the wildly successful Teen Vogue since its inception in 2000. Along with her army of incredibly dressed TV editors, Astley's Teen Vogue never talks down to its young audience and always manages to inspire fashion fanatics of all ages.
Photo by courtesy of Conde Nast.
#49 Terry Richardson—99
WHY: Because, good or bad, you can't stop talking about him and noticing him, whether it's at a party or in a new ad campaign. Whether embroiled in another pervy controversy or snapping some gorgeous model for a collectible feature in French Vogue, Terry's point-and-shoot style of photography, that kind of makes everyone look like a stunned porn star, is something of a signature of our time, not just his work.
Photo via TerryRichardson.com.
#38 Ed Filipowski and Julie Mannion—132
WHAT: Partners, KCD Worldwide
WHY: Because they run Marc Jacobs' shows and after-parties, handle the Victoria's Secret TV runway spectacular (and that million-dollar bra), and--oh--that little thing called the CFDAs. Because they've got your back from behind-the-scenes--just ask Donatella Versace.
Photos by Patrick McMullen, courtesy of KCD.