Whether the boardroom is your STAGE FOR SHOW AND TELL or colorful city streets place you on THE RUNWAY daily, having and flaunting well-executed individual STYLE IS KEY in taking the pomp and circumstance of your presentation from humdrum to HAUTE.
In that spirit, we’ve scouted the map, well the ’gram, to identify 17 FASHIONABLE FORCES that have served swagger and style this year like a decadently executed holiday feast. From DESIGN ARCHITECTS TO FASHION PHOTOGRAPHERS, these scene stealers have savoir faire, and they know how to use it. They say imitation is the best form of flattery, so taking influencing notes from these style savants may just be your ticket to DRESSING FOR SUCCESS.
MODEL | PERSONALITY
She gets it from her mama, but this beauty is her own type of beast, with receipts including the cover of Vogue Japan and a runway resume including Dolce & Gabbana.
When your workday includes trysts on private jets to photograph fashion’s elite anywhere from Paris to NYC in 24 hours, you understand that your eye is impeccable. Then, when someone asks to turn the camera on you, you know your style is too.
When this fashionable femme fatale gives you permission to #AskMarlo about upgrading your style, you might want to take full advantage. Who else could explain your personal wardrobe absolutely has to include a tiara, custom runway pieces, vintage Chanel and a blinged-out flask?
When black girls like Jazmine Sullivan and Teyonah Parris want to rock, they up the Anthoni. Seeing Angela Simmons, postpartum, in a barely there red swimsuit explains why.
Even stars need help sparkling, so this dancer-turned-dominating-designer created Dbleudazzled to give the likes of Beyoncé, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj just the right amount of wattage.
When joyous black boys and magical black girls need flawless optics, Perry is their pick. And he leads by example. Need proof? Look at his selfie!
If you talk about it, you have to be about it, and this fashion blogger practices what she preaches. She’s especially well versed in the books of Gucci, Louis and Prada!
JAMES ANTHONY JOHNSON
When celebrities, dignitaries and game changers exclaim “James shot me,” he’s not headed to death row, he’s headed to the Hall of Fame because of the flawless photos he kills the game with. Exhibit A: Omari Hardwick and his drenched Oxford exiting the pool. Google it.
COSTUME DESIGNER | PERSONAL STYLIST
From Real Housewives to music moguls and scene stealers, this Northern-born Southern boy knows how swathe superstars in what becomes legends most.
Managing million-dollar accounts and maintaining Hollywood star power is a task. Doing it in limited-edition frocks while laying tracks with exquisite exclusives on your feet is even harder. This femme fatale makes it look easy. And expensive.
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