In a list filled with political leaders, athletes, and celebrities, Michael Kors, J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons, Michelle Obama, and Kate Middleton stylishly stand out amongst Time’s 100 Influential People.
The publication finds the biggest movers and shakers that affect our world for better or worse as captains of their industries, then has the individual’s peers reflect on their influence.
Zac Posen, who temporarily took on the spot vacated by Kors on Project Runway, reflected on his resilience with over 30 years in the industry and his trajectory on becoming fashion’s next billionaire. “It’s his love of people, life, and culture that exudes his fashion globally,” Posen wrote, which is no surprise as Kors is pushing into new territory with beauty.
As the list’s signature tastemaker, Lyons’s guiding hand has brought style to millions across generations without being trendy during her tenure at J.Crew. Or as Prabal Gurung noted, she “has made J. Crew more than a brand or a company – it’s a philosophy that believes in style.”
The First Lady, who landed on Vogue’s cover twice, isn’t letting her fashion credits get in the way of her work to fight childhood obesity or remaining true to herself in light of her position. But it didn’t stop Maya Angelou from touching on Obama’s tenacity even when it comes to her wardrobe. And the same could be said of Middleton, who has boosted the British fashion industry in her own right.
With the industry’s titans and fashion plates making the list, there’s no telling how much further aspiring designers will take things next or who their muses will be.