Fashion

Editor-in-Chief, British Vogue
Alexandra Shulman remains at the heart of UK fashion as the longest-serving editor of British Vogue to date, having spent 23 years at the helm. With journalists for parents, Shulman claims that the prospect of becoming a writer was her 'idea of a nightmare', and that she wanted to be a hairdresser instead, but she began her career at Tatler before eventually becoming editor at GQ. At Vogue, Shulman has overseen a number of iconic issues, including its bestselling Millennium Edition featuring a mirrored front cover. She refuses to publish diets or articles about cosmetic surgery and has called for designers to make larger sample sizes to help address the problem of anorexia amongst models. Shulman regards herself as a businesswoman and journalist first and fashion editor second. She published her first novel in 2012; her second, The Parrots, followed in 2015.
President, Yoox Net-a-Porter Group
'First lady of fashion' Alison Loehnis took on the role of president at Net-a-Porter following Natalie Massenet's departure in 2015. Loehnis previously worked for Saatchi & Saatchi and at LVMH before being recruited by Massenet in 2007 as vice-president of sales and marketing. She has helped drive the e-tailer's growth in the wake of new launches such as The Outnet, Net-a-Sporter and Mr Porter, as well as its sale to Richemont and recent merger with Yoox. Loehnis was brought up in New York and studied Art History at Brown University, spending a year studying in Florence. She cites her former boss as a role model, 'full of boundless energy, ideas and insight'.
Model and Actress
Despite stepping back from modelling in 2015 to pursue her interest in acting, Cara Delevingne remains one of the most recognisable faces in UK fashion. Starting out at the age of 17 as a model for ASOS, her first catwalk appearance was for Burberry in 2011, and she fronted the label's Spring/Summer 2012 campaign together with Jourdan Dunn. Since then she has graced catwalks and magazine covers worldwide and has designed her own collections for DKNY and Mulberry. In 2015 Delevingne gained increasing recognition for her acting ability, particularly for her performance in teen movie Paper Towns. She has also hinted at her disillusionment with the fashion industry, speaking out about the stresses placed on young models, which resulted in her own battle with depression and body image.
Make-up Artist
As a make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury has worked with designers such as Tom Ford and Stella McCartney and with photographers including Mario Testino, but she is now best known for her own cosmetics range, beloved by a host of stars including Naomi Campbell, Penelope Cruz and Kim Kardashian. Having grown up in Ibiza with an artist father and location-scout mother, Tilbury claims she first discovered mascara at boarding school back in England aged 13. She trained at the Glauca Rossi School of Make-up and worked with mentor and friend Mary Greenwell during the early part of her career. Tilbury regularly gives make-up tutorials on Youtube and in 2015 she opened her first standalone store in Covent Garden.
Designer
After graduating with an MA from Central St Martins, Scottish fashion designer Christopher Kane established his own label with his sister, Tammy, who had herself studied fashion and textiles at university. Kane's MA graduate collection won the Harrods Design Award in 2006, as well as a window display at the Knightsbridge store. In the same year he won Young Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards, going on to create a capsule collection for Topshop. The siblings enlisted the help of second sister Sandra to run HR as the business grew, with luxury goods company Kering acquiring a majority stake in 2013. Kane is also creative director at Versace diffusion line Versus, and Donatella Versace claims he reminds her of her late brother Gianni. In 2015, he opened his first own-brand store in Mayfair.
Chairman, British Fashion Council
Though she stepped down in 2015 from online fashion portal Net-a-Porter, the company she founded, Natalie Massenet continues to exert great influence in her role as chairman of the British Fashion Council. In this five-year position, she oversees London Fashion Week and is responsible for the council's activities in promoting UK fashion overseas. Having begun her career as a stylist and fashion journalist, latterly at Tatler, Massenet founded Net-a-Porter in 2000, operating initially from her Chelsea flat. She sold it ten years later to Swiss company Richemont for an estimated £50 million, departing on the eve of its merger with online discounter Yoox last year. Described as resembling 'a lovechild of Vogue and Selfridges', the site spawned offshoots including The Outnet, Mr Porter and Net-a-Sporter.
Model
The UK's best known male model, thanks in part to his high profile campaigns for Marks & Spencer, David Gandy started modelling at the age of 21 after winning a competition on This Morning. Signed to agency Select, he caught the eye of Dolce & Gabanna who went on to sign him for their campaigns and shows, and he has been the face of D&G Light Blue fragrance since 2006. Gandy's muscular frame has brought a more masculine dimension to the fashion world, typically dominated by a skinny, androgynous male aesthetic. Admired for his personal style, Gandy blogs for Telegraph Men and Vogue, and he has designed a range of underwear, swimwear and loungewear for M&S. In 2015 he was named Most Stylish Man of the Year by GQ.
Editor, GQ
As editor since 1999, Dylan Jones has steered GQ through turbulent times for the magazine industry and it is now one of only two paid-for men's magazines with a six figure circulation (the other being Men's Health). Jones attributes this to investment in the quality of GQ's editorial – he has attracted writers such as Will Self, Tom Wolfe and AA Gill during his time as editor, as well as to GQ embracing new digital platforms and resisting the dumbing down and titillation of the '90s 'Lads' Mag' era. Jones began his career at i-D magazine before moving to Arena, worked as an associate editor for the Observer magazine and for the Sunday Times. He was named Editor of the Year at the 2014 PPA Awards.
Hairstylist
Hairstylist Guido Palau, known simply as Guido, is one of the most sought-after in the business, with a client list that includes Prada, Versace, Ralph Lauren and Balenciaga. Guido began his career at Vidal Sassoon in the early '80s and worked in salons before realising he wanted to be a session stylist on shoots and catwalk shows. He made his name in the '90s collaborating with photographer David Sim and working with Calvin Klein on campaigns styling Kate Moss. He was also hairstylist for George Michael's Freedom music video, which featured supermodels Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford amongst others. Today the industry trendsetter is creative director at Redken and regularly collaborates on editorials and covers for publications including Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.
The Duchess of Cambridge continues to wield huge fashion influence, with her every outfit scrutinised by the global public. Whether it's a Jenny Packham maternity dress on the steps of the Lindo Wing, or a Reiss coat for a charity engagement, her sartorial selections inevitably sell out within hours, and that same selling power now extends to outfits worn by her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The Duchess's McQueen wedding gown was a demonstration of her commitment to British brands, with perennial favourites including Temperley, Jenny Packham, Reiss and Whistles, combining high street practicality with haute couture.
Editor-in-Chief, Business of Fashion
Imran Amed is editor-in-chief of Business of Fashion, the website he founded in 2007, which has become an industry must-read for its news and analysis of emerging designers, brands, trends and technologies. With a background in management consultancy and an MBA from Harvard, Amed's eye for fashion is commercial as well as creative, and BoF began as a blog written from his London sofa as an industry outsider. Further BoF ventures have ensued: in 2011 Amed designed his own bag in collaboration with Bill Amberg, which was a rapid sell-out, and in 2014 he launched recruitment arm BoF Careers. He is an associate lecturer at Central St Martin's College of Art & Design and in 2014 was the youngest ever recipient of the Desautels Management Achievement Award at McGill University.
Fashion Designer
Jonathan Anderson founded his own label, J W Anderson, in 2008 and was appointed creative director for Spanish luxury house Loewe in 2013. Born in Northern Ireland, Anderson initially started out in acting, but his interest in costume design led him to take a degree at the London College of Fashion. He gained experience as a visual merchandiser at Prada, assisting legendary stylist Manuela Pavesi with projects including window displays at Harrods, before launching his own label. Since then, and via a 2012 sold-out collaboration with Topshop, his rise has been unstoppable. In 2015 Anderson accomplished a fashion world first by winning both Menswear and Womenswear Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards.
CEO and Founder, Farfetch.com
Farfetch.com was founded in 2008 by Portuguese entrepreneur José Neves to enable independent boutiques worldwide to sell their clothes to a global customer base through a single ecommerce platform. Neves's career prior to Farfetch had spanned fashion and technology: having learned to code at the age of eight, he founded a technology business while studying economics at university in Porto in 1994. Two years later he established his own shoe brand Swear in London, which was followed by boutique b Store and shoe studio SIX London. Farfetch now has offices in London, São Paulo, New York, Los Angeles and Porto, and represents over 300 boutiques and 100 labels. Neves was named 'Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year' by Ernst & Young in 2013.
Photographer and Director, Showstudio.com
As a fashion photographer Nick Knight has worked with designers including John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Tom Ford, and for magazines such as Vogue, Dazed & Confused and i-D. He founded fashion website SHOWstudio.com in 2000 with the aim of 'showing the entire creative process from conception to completion', and the site specialises in fashion film, broadcasting live from catwalk shows and fashion shoots. Knight first picked up a camera at 17 because, he says, he 'wanted to photograph girls', and he studied photography at Bournemouth University and Poole College of Art. His work has been exhibited at the V&A, Tate Modern and the Saatchi Gallery amongst others, and he has published several books of photography. He has also directed music videos for Björk, Lady Gaga and Kanye West.
Creative Director, Céline
Phoebe Philo's first job in fashion was as Stella McCartney's first assistant at Chloé, and she took over as creative director in 2002 after McCartney left to launch her own label. She was appointed to her current position at French house Céline in 2008, on the proviso that she could continue living in London. Under Philo's influence the label has come to epitomise Parisian chic, and its low-key, wearable, but never basic designs are popular with both fashion editors and the public and frequently imitated by high street retailers. Philo began customising her own clothes when her parents gave her a sewing machine aged 14. She has been named British Designer of the Year on two occasions, and was appointed OBE in 2014.
Creative Director, Alexander McQueen
Manchester-born Sarah Burton has been creative director at Alexander McQueen since the designer's death in 2010. Burton is perhaps best known for designing Catherine Middleton's wedding dress for her marriage to Prince William in April 2011, and she has also created pieces for Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama and Gwyneth Paltrow. She had worked alongside McQueen for 14 years, having applied for a placement while studying print fashion at St Martin's College. She joined full-time as his PA and was appointed head of womenswear in 2000. In 2014, Burton won the Red Carpet Designer Award at the British Fashion Awards, and this year Paris-based Alexander McQueen returns to its roots to show its Autumn/Winter 2016 collection at London Fashion Week.
Fashion Critic and British Fashion Council Ambassador for Emerging Talent
As well as a fashion critic and writer for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and The Times amongst other publications, Sarah Mower is the British Fashion Council's ambassador for emerging talent and co-chair of its NEWGEN Committee. She has been unstinting in her support of young British designers and helped launch the careers of many, including J W Anderson, Erdem Moralioglu and Christopher Kane. Mower evaluates applications for the British Fashion Council's NEWGEN scheme in her role as co-chair, identifying new design talent for fashion week and allocating financial support. She says of her own wardrobe, 'I wear British designers on principle, but that's so easy nowadays because, frankly, all the best people are British'.
Fashion Designer
Stella McCartney launched her eponymous label in 2002 after leaving her role as creative director at French fashion house Chloé. Despite some critics' initial scepticism about her fashion credentials, her collections are now distributed in over 50 countries and the label makes over £3 million in profit per year from accessories, perfume, skincare products and lingerie as well as clothing. McCartney has collaborated with high street retailer H&M and with Adidas, designing the iconic sports kit for Team GB at the London Olympics and Paralympics in 2012. She inherited a strong ethical awareness from her famous parents: she uses no leather or fur in her clothing, her stores and studios use renewable energy, and fabrics are organic where possible.
Fashion Blogger
Susanna Lau is the UK's most influential fashion blogger, and her site stylebubble attracts over 25,000 visitors per day. The blog features Lau's commentary on fashion, including new trends, talent and innovations, and her own experiences and unique personal style are often central to her observations. Though she tends to focus on new and emerging designers, Lau covers larger labels too, making most of her income from projects with partners such as Gap, Armani and Selfridges. The Guardian named her one of five UK bloggers with the power to transform a brand: Pringle recently chose her to trial its 'create your own' jumper platform. Lau was an editor at DazedDigital before leaving to work on stylebubble full time.
Fashion Designer
Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has achieved the feat of building a second career even more successful than her first, as a highly respected fashion designer. From a modest start-up, Victoria Beckham Ltd now turns over £34 million, disproving those who dismissed it as a vanity project. Beckham was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Management Today magazine in 2014, the same year she opened her first shop in the West End, and in 2015 it was reported that Eva Longoria had chosen her to design her wedding dress. In 2013 Beckham was named Woman of the Decade by Glamour magazine.
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