Not to be confused with the Vogue 100, the Vogue 120 is a hand-picked group of the most influential under-45 years old in fashion, in this year’s 4-ton Septmeber issue of the magazine. The feature on all who glitter is part list – part slideshow – and features singers, designers, actors, and models who include all 3 Olsen sisters, both Dakota and Elle, Adele, Lana Del Rey, Lady Gaga, show runner Lena Dunham (Girls), creative directors Emma Hill (Mulberry) and Jenna Lyons (J. Crew), Charlotte Casiraghi, Dasha Zhukova, Nicholas Kirkwood and more, plus all their friends who are littered throughout the photos including all 17 Courtin-Clarins sisters, Rooney Mara, Kristen Stewart, more models, more designers, more it girls, etc.
These ladies—left to right, Vanessa Traina, Jenna Courtin-Clarins, Prisca Courtin-Clarins, Virginie Courtin-Clarins, Claire Courtin-Clarins, Lauren Santo Domingo, Shala Monroque, Alexia Niedzielski, Lily Kwong, and Elizabeth von Guttman—may look good sitting next to the runway, but they’re not just sitting pretty. Enter the new breed of social slasher: Editors, entrepreneurs, artists, eco-warriors, models, advocates for social change, these women do it all and do it with style, inspiring the designers with their original approach to fashion, from the immaculate to the irreverent.
Fashion Editor: Kathryn Neale.
Photographed by Norman Jean Roy
Appearing in ethereal swaths of Gucci silk and Valentino lace because “they feel like they’re doing a performance of their own,” she enthralls devotees with her theatrical wardrobe as well as her soulful voice. The Pre-Raphaelite beauty credits “growing up around art history” (her mother is a Renaissance-studies professor) for her sense of artful drama, while Welch’s blend of British eccentricity—a mash-up of every era from the eighteenth century through the 1970s—flaunts a romantic unconventionality. “I like to imagine I’ll wear the things I’m buying now when I’m old and mad!” she says.
The musician in a Chanel dress, Dolce & Gabbana cape and boots, Gypsy necklace. Hair, Eugene Souleiman for Wella Professionals; makeup, Lisa Aharon for Chanel Beauté. Set design, Nick Des Jardins for Mary Howard Studio. Fashion Editor: Tabitha Simmons.
Photographed by Norman Jean Roy
Lazaro Hernandez, Jack McCollough, Kate Mulleavy, Laura Mulleavy, David Neville, and Marcus Wainwright
Take a quick look at the designers driving American fashion—Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, and David Neville and Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone—and it’s clear two heads are better than one. “Divide and conquer,” says Neville. “That’s our motto.” Yet working in pairs isn’t the only thing that unites these highly individualized teams. They’re also blazing radical new trails toward redefining cool, whether it’s Proenza’s urgent, innovative polish, Rodarte’s imaginative romanticism, or Rag & Bone’s sporty-street mix.
From far left: Hernandez and McCollough of Proenza Schouler, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, and Neville and Wainwright of Rag & Bone. Hair, Tim Rogers for Living Proof; makeup, Virginia Young for Chanel Beauté. Grooming, Laura de Leon for Cutler/Redken. Set design, Nick Des Jardins for Mary Howard Studio. Fashion Editor: Tabitha Simmons.
Photographed by Norman Jean Roy
Chanel Iman, Olivier Rousteing (Balmain), Kate Upton, Joseph Altuzarra (Altuzarra), Anthony Vaccarello, Candice Swanepoel
None of these young designers shies away from worshipping the curves of a woman’s body, yet they’re not remotely interested in the clichés of “sexy.” If the clothes are hot, it’s simply because the heat flares up with the way they sculpt and shape and sinuously manipulate their silhouettes. It’s as much about empowerment as it is eroticization.
Photographed by Norman Jean Roy
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Every era has its stylish faces, talents, and voices that profoundly influence the moment. This cast is bringing fashion to life right now—and for the years to come. See our list from A–Z.
The Colombian-born, Antwerp-trained designer wraps and drapes with an operatic sense of grandeur.
With her now-trademark beehive, smoky eye shadow, black A-line dress combo, Adele’s sixties power-pop act resonates in a high-tech world.
The Irish boy made a brand logo of his name before he even put on his first London runway show and has a knack for nailing supersophisticated street style.
Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi
In a city rich with antiquity, Milan’s Aquilano.Rimondi translates Italy’s Baroque past into thoroughly modern clothes.
The mix of nineties ravewear and unapologetic old-school hip-hop swagger makes Banks’s music and style fabulously in-your-face.
Perfect dress by perfect dress, she quietly breached the impenetrable snob barrier between “celebrity” and “credible designer.”
She’s one half of the music world’s most influential power couple—alongside Jay-Z—and her head-turning (and hair-flicking) look is just as formidable.
The onetime gemology student and ardent traveler sculpts jewelry that looks like long-forgotten artifacts.
Taking the shining metal stud as his trademark, Borgo subverts notions of adornment with a sparkling new take on American jewelry.
Bianca Brandolini D’adda
She knows how to stir up drama, whether her look is brazen or bohemian.
The exquisite Monégasque looked as regal in Giambattista Valli at her uncle’s 2011 wedding as she does in her bespoke Gucci equestrian uniform.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
From her ever-appropriate above-the-knee hem to the most famous wedding dress in recent history, her correct approach proves that chic can mean playing by the rules.
Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig
If it’s not feathered, gilded, or trailing sixteen layers of tulle, it likely wasn’t designed by the Marchesa duo reinvigorating over-the-top evening drama.
Lana del Rey
Blending old-Hollywood gloss with sixties bad-girl attitude, she’s a one-woman retro-pop revolution.
A self-confessed rule-breaker, the Fendi-family scion draws on fantastical inspiration for her jewelry, including memento mori skulls and swarms of articulated bees.
The aristocratic British model is cool-edged, rebellious, and has a flock of designers in her thrall.
The English shoe designer behind Charlotte Olympia flaunts her fondness for old-world glamour, lending her platform heels a playful wit.
Whether she’s in a tiny Anthony Vaccarello dress or a slouchy men’s blazer, the throaty French singer lives up to her illustrious lineage.
The voice of a generation (in Hannah Horvath’s words), the Girls creator has plenty to say about the modern 20-something.
Esquivel’s bespoke footwear—handmade in his Buena Park atelier—captures the imagination with its raffish allure.
The elder Fanning has been one to watch since she costarred with Sean Penn in I Am Sam at age seven, and now, as a full-grown leading lady, she’s the one to dress.
By thirteen she’d caught the attention of Marc Jacobs and Sofia Coppola, and a year later she’s a poster girl for the tween generation.
Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters
Thanks to a fashion professor (Gabier) and a former marine biologist (Peters), Creatures of the Wind’s whimsical style just blew in from the Windy City.
The storied 90-something Florentine house of Gucci has been pounding with youthful flash since the music-obsessed 39-year-old took up residence.
As perfectly at ease in the New York social world as he is in his East Village home or his native Nepal, Gurung redraws the map of global glamour.
Until this 33-year-old newcomer took the reins, Carven’s youthful Parisian esprit had lain dormant for half a century.
She’s the bighearted, vivacious Brit who, at Mulberry, fuses time-honored artisanal leathers with a glorious, uproarious take on luxe accessories.
Her name destined her to work in fashion, and this poised model has grown up (graciously and gorgeously) in its fierce spotlight.
The optimum example of what can happen when a female talent honed by a top-class Parisian training (Balenciaga, Christian Lacroix) finally goes independent.
Since Like Crazy, she’s become a Hollywood fixation, and designers like Proenza Schouler and Dolce & Gabbana haven’t been far behind.
Referencing everything from Fabergé eggs to Qing Dynasty bowls, her trompe l’oeil dresses are as sought after as the objets d’art that inspired them.
Clare Waight Keller
What is it with the English girls taking up residence at Chloé, the most feminine house in Paris? The newest tenant has, in a year, already made it her home.
She fluttered on high as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, but thanks to runway appearances at the likes of Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton, she has fashion wings, too.
An early-’00s R & B pop megastar, Keys has remained a voice of our time while transitioning into a Givenchy-loving front-row regular.
He turned our fascination with shoes into an obsession, with his inventive approach to cantilevering everything he can onto (supercomfortable, apparently) high heels.
The Brooklyn-based DJ favors just-emerging designers and is on her way to becoming New York City’s resident It girl.
No envelope goes unpushed. When mixing high-concept fashion and hummable tunes—with just the right dose of politicized individuality—she’s in a league of her own.
Humberto Leon and Carol Lim
Their inherent wit shaped the way throngs of adventurous Opening Ceremony acolytes dress, and now also fuels the Kenzo revival.
She’s the rare breed of California girl who is a natural in Chanel and in cutoffs, forgoing a stylist and looking all the better for it.
J.Crew’s powerhouse transformed a preppy stalwart into a phenomenon, as much due to her personal tastes as to her fashion instincts.
The go-to jeweler for free spirits—much like the designer herself—with gothic-romantic amulets that promise to become future heirlooms.
She gives a French lesson in hip, leggy, rockerish clothes that radiate a certain je ne sais quoi.
The talented actress who exported Glastonbury boho chic also pioneered individual spirited dressing in the Hollywood limelight.
Somewhere between haute couture and Hanna-Barbera resides the rapper whose Crayola hair has highlighted the trend for crazy/creative coloring.
She got it right from the very first, making unconventional choices for her every red-carpet outing and never taking a faltering step.
For every pair of his TOMS sold, a pair is given away. It sounds so simple, yet his philanthropy has revolutionized what we’ve come to expect from the things we buy.
The willowy Russian beauty whom insiders call “the new Daria” has walked miles of runway since her 2011 debut.
Beloved by designers for her fearless take on fashion, this blithe young shipping heiress makes every look her own.
The young actress has an enviable ability to look comfortable in her own skin. She’s never traded on her famous last name—and she doesn’t need to.
Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen
With their finely attuned sense of style and hands-on approach, the sister duo proved that The Row was much more than a vanity project. Women of all ages have fallen for their perfect minimalism.
Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty
Suno began as a way to bring sustainable employment to Kenya and has evolved its riot of prints into a coolly urban way of dressing.
At Thakoon, the designer wields his instinct for reconfiguring bold color and cacophonous prints into street-smart clothes that are never too predictable.
Sourcing ethically mined gold and gems in far-flung locales, while donating a portion of her proceeds to charity, Péan leads a new generation of jewelers.
Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos
The London-based duo behind Peter Pilotto sees the world—and fashion—through a kaleidoscopic lens.
Even a wunderkind has to grow up, but that doesn’t mean he has to dispense with the entrance-making, showstopping flights of fantasy.
There is no better standard-bearer for British craft (his wonderful utilitarian coats use military wools), not to mention his globally sensitive take on sustainability.
The Barbadian songstress has reignited excitement about forward-thinking style in pop music not seen since Madonna’s heyday. It’s shock value you can sing along to.
She makes wearing the sexiest body-hugging evening dress look as fantastically easy as sporting a T-shirt.
Tatiana Santo Domingo
Opting for ethnic prints and harem pants, this Latin American globe-trotter is never pretentious or obvious.
The impassioned Scot clicked digital prints to life nearly a decade ago and has since become one of London’s preeminent designers.
She has her feet in two worlds—styling and designing—and when it comes to the latter, her shoes walk the line between punk and pretty, anarchic and aristocratic.
Who better to carry the torch for the androgyny that lies at the heart of Saint Laurent Paris than the talent who at Dior Homme tore up the rule book on how men should look?
Like the Wes Anderson of fashion, the man behind Band of Outsiders focuses his quirky vision on classic Americana.
It’s hard to say whether her peach Calvin Klein or her flaxen hair garnered more attention at the 2011 Golden Globes. Less disputable is this funny-girl-gone-leading-lady’s red-carpet credibility.
The 28-year-old Dutch sensation single-handedly brought the blonde bombshell back with her hourglass curves and a beautiful gap-toothed smile.
The South African model has transformed herself from a bikini-clad pinup to a runway star of Amazonian proportions.
The voice and attitude is pure heartland America, yet her style is starting to venture way beyond its borders.
The Belgian import to New York has created for Theyskens’ Theory a darkly lyrical beauty inspired by the chaotic rush of his adopted city.
She’s captured the moment with her all-American gorgeousness and an uncomplicated sensuality that’s charmed designers, as well as 500,000+ Twitter followers.
He powers the 166-year-old house of Loewe with a reverence for luxury . . . and an irreverence toward taking it too seriously.
This thoroughly British actress can play a femme fatale or a corseted lady with equal mastery and shows the same range in the way she dresses.
Fashion’s young prince of polish embodies classic New York ideals of ladylike dressing—nipped waists, upbeat color, and a touch of opulence.
He’s all that’s good about Europe: an Italian, brilliant at offhand chic, working at a French house, Rochas, and oft referencing Scandinavian arts and crafts.
The owner of Moscow’s Garage Center for Contemporary Culture has emerged as a risk-taker— one who wins every time.
Oscar nominated Rooney Mara and sister Kate Mara will be rooting for the Giants in the Super Bowl this Sunday to support their father who is the Vice President of the Giants; and their uncle who is the President of the Giants. Add to that their grandfather and great-grandfather were both owners of the team at one time … The sister have the same legacy on their mother’s side and the Pittsburgh Steelers … So how did two major football families end up becoming one? #footballroyalty