When reflecting on all the different power players in the fashion industry, it’s pretty easy to get overwhelmed. I mean, sticking to a decade of impactful style let alone a specific kind of influencer is close to impossible. Between models, socialites and actresses, you’d think there’d be more than enough to compile a pretty hefty group of insiders.
However, Time Magazine online decided to do take it one step further and really up the ante. Releasing their 100 Fashion Icons list, we were pretty impressed with the compilation. Tapping editors, designers, stylists, photographers and let us not forget the beloved muse, the group is pretty robust. While scrolling down the list, we were pleased to see some familiar names (and also some commonly overlooked, somewhat obscure ones). That is, for the most part.
Then it struck us, some of the most obvious choices didn’t make the cut. Which got us wondering, what were the criteria to score a spot on one of the most elite lists around? We decided to give some of our favorite trendsetters some love, even if they were decidedly B-List to Time.
Click through the slideshow to see who we think was snubbed and be sure to tell us in the comment section below who you think is a huge fashion force and should have been part of the club!
Whether he's leaning against a locker in My So-Called Life or belting his little heart out as the front man for his band, 30 Seconds To Mars, Jared Leto is a total babe. Oh, and he made us rethink our opposition to guyliner.
Another Frenchman who we're obsessed with: Pierre Balmain. His original collection not only popularized wearing sheath dresses under blazers and overcoats, he laid the groundwork for a line that now every young fashionite is scheming to score (this lady included).
Obviously, we couldn't include Jared without bestie, Terry Richardson. The photog has captured some of the top A-Listers around and somehow has the mind power to convince even the biggest celebs to assume suggestive poses. Sparking controversy across the industry about his alleged sexual involvement with models and other muses, this is one guy who doesn't slink into the shadows when the going gets tough and for that, we commend him. Oh, and have you seen his gorgeous photos?
With her affinity to all things bright and unapologetic, Betsey Johnson cartwheeled into our hearts at a young age. We love how this designer doesn't let an age, disease or frankly, even a career define her or her work.
An unheard of approach to draping, Halston quickly won the affection of celebs in the 1970s. Becoming a regular at the infamous Studio 54, the designer dressed everyone from emerging singers to Liza Minelli. If that doesn't say it all, we don't know what does.
The Missoni family business has been around for ages, but not to be mistaken for a stuffy old line one of their youngest members is pushing the label into the next generation. Margherita Missoni is adorable, articulate and accessible. We love her mashed up personal style and her ability to resist against the urge to dress in all things Missoni. Something we're not sure we could accomplish, that's for sure.
With his effortless ability to collide the opulent with the avant-garde, Christian Lacroix was one of our biggest heartbreaks during the full swing of the recession. A testament to his respect in the industry, editors, models and other supporters rallied around the designer as he was forced to shutter his haute couture line in 2009. Regardless, his talent for fusing influences from multiple collections simultaneously has clearly affected much younger blood and will not be forgotten. Duh.
A line for MAC, an eyewear line and many more business endeavors are just a handful of accomplishments Iris Apfel has accomplished recently. With her out-of-the-box personal style and humorous approach to fashion, Iris continues to inspire her contemporaries.
The ultimate uptown-goes-downtown story, Edie Sedgewick was the princess of Warhol's Factory in the 1960s. Inspiring young girls everywhere to shed their shorts and rock black tights with mini-dresses and her affinity for fake eyelashes and nude lipstick, Edie continues to be a constant reference for socialites and industry heavy hitters (and even yours truly).
An Australian model who made alien-chic the newest trend for models everywhere, Gemma Ward started a massive trend in the early Millennium with her quasi-baby doll look, wide-set eyes and round face. Agencies everywhere started snatching up young girls everywhere who could rival Gemma's looks
We were flabbergasted that Rachel Zoe didn't make Time's cut. Not only does the new mommy boast a repertoire of sick celeb clients, the stylist has finessed her styling career into a much larger empire, one of the first of her kind. Plus, we could her Rachel swoon about fashion all day. It's refreshing to hear someone who's worked in the industry for so long not be blasé about the sick collections she gets to view and work with on daily basis.
Not only did Grace Jones kill it as a performer, her androgynous looks broke down numerous barriers. Her structured and architectural personal style inspired the 1980s power suit and shoulder pads galore (for which we're both grateful and slightly annoyed).
This J. Crew tycoon not only sports sick style, smashing bright colors, prints and embellishments together, Jenna Lyons continues to force the large retailer into new avenues.
With weight and size issues dredging on in the modeling world, one lady stuck to her guns. Lara Stone, the Dutch 'larger' than life phenomenon resisted pressure from her agency and the industry at large for her more regular sized figure. Making having breasts popular again, this model now serves not only as an inspiration to a slew of designers she acts as an emblem to healthy choices and positive nutrition in a world that sometimes supports controversial ideals.