The 30 Most Stylish Players in Media
It wasn’t so long ago that media was considered a black hole for fashion. But in the era of digital media and 24/7 broadcasting, the industry is upping its sartorial game. Today’s media players — from young social media tycoons to old-school TV vets — often showcase an impressive attention to personal style, even giving the fashion media a run for its money (but don’t tell anyone we said so).
We’ve rounded up 30 of the media industry’s most stylish individuals, from
Pete Cashmore to Anna Wintour, who innovate, create, and circulate their message — looking damn good while doing so.
1.Carine Roitfeld, Founder of CR Fashion Book and Global Fashion Director at Harper's BAZAAR
Carine Roitfeld is the personification of Parisian chic, with her signature smoky eyes, clean-cut blouses, and her favorite staple — the pencil skirt. Just shy of 60, the styles she pulls off — and the blithely chic way in which she does so — makes her truly inimitable.
2.Pete Cashmore, Founder of Mashable
Yes, Pete Cashmore is devilishly handsome, but his affinity for polished skinny suits has made him a style star in his own right. When John Varvatos tapped the media playboy to reveal some of his personal style secrets as part of the "Style & Substance" section of his website, we knew any man with half-a-brain was taking notes.
3.Eva Chen, Editor in Chief of Lucky Magazine
Eva Chen hasn't garnered over 83,000 Instagram followers for nothing.
Lucky's new head-of-command has a devoted following that looks to her for of-the-moment-trends with a touch of quirkiness. She's easily one of the only editors in the game who can pull off snapback just as easy as a Proenza Schouler shift.
4.Hamish Bowles, European Editor-at-Large of Vogue
Would it be weird for us to say that if we were to be a man, we'd dress like Hamish Bowles? Well, either way that's the case when it comes to this charming Brit. Between his dashing printed suits and cheeky accessories, he's equal parts bespoke and eccentric.
5.Alexa Chung, Host of Fuse
We've professed our envy of Alexa Chung's style many times over. She somehow manages to be both a tomboy and girly-girl at the same time, and for that we are eternally jealous. We'll leave it at that...
6.Olivier Zahm, Founder of Purple Diary
The Purple Diary editor is kind of like a modern day Serge Gainsbourg. On any given day you can be sure he's wearing a leather jacket, distressed denim, and most importantly, aviator shades.
7.Anderson Cooper, Host of Anderson Cooper 360°
As the reigning king of silver foxdom, Anderson Cooper proves that you simply can't go wrong with the classics — which is something he presumably learned from his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. Whether he's wearing an impeccably tailored suit while the cameras are rolling, or traipsing around New York in a muscle tee, he's got a perfect sense of how to look debonair while keeping it simple.
8.Kate Lanphear. Style Director at T Magazine
You want to know how cool Kate Lanphear is? Once during fashion week, she wore the same all-black ensemble everyday to try and put off the throngs of street style photographers. Too bad she's so supremely cool, because not only did they not stop taking her picture, they didn't even notice that she was as repeat outfit offender. Lanphear's fierce blonde crop and streamlined monochrome looks solidify the fact that she's as cool as it gets.
9.Joanna Hillman, Style Director at Harper's BAZAAR
Bright blonde hair, black Ray Ban wayfarers, MAC's Lady Danger rouge, and this season's most coveted wares can only mean one thing: Joanna Hillman is in the building. The
BAZAAR editor provides an endless stream of epic fashion, but makes it look easy as pie.
10.Jack Dorsey, Founder of Twitter and Square
Earlier this year we learned that Jack Dorsey had not only taken sewing classes before, but made two skirts while doing so (although he did give up when he attempted pants). Between that endeavor and his model girlfriend Lily Cole, it's clear that the media mogul knows more than a thing or two about fashion.
11.Ryan Seacrest, Host of American Idol and On Air with Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest has come a long way since his early days of
American Idol, trading in his blazer and graphic T-shirt look for custom three-piece Burberry suits, bespoke coats, and Ray Ban shades. While his sexuality might always be called into question, we think his personal style upgrade isn't up for debate.
12.Anna Dello Russo, Editor-at-Large of Vogue Japan
Helmut Newton once described Anna Dello Russo as a "fashion maniac" and that might be a bit of an understatement (if you don't want to take our word for it, please note that the woman owns over 4,000 pairs of shoes). One thing you can always be sure of is that Dello Russo will have the most ballsy outfit in the room.
13.Gay Talese, Writer for The New York Times and Esquire
Frank Sinatra has many reasons to hate Gay Talese, and second to the writer's infamous profile of Ol' Blue Eyes, is the fact that he manages to show him up in the style department — which is no easy feat. We
dare you to find a modern day man who could make a ribbon fedora and three-piece suit look as effortless as a T-shirt and jeans.
14.Andre Leon Talley, Former American Editor-at-large for Vogue Magazine and Editor in Chief of Numéro Russia
We often find ourselves torn about what Andre Leon Talley is more famous for: his unapologetic candor, expansive knowledge of fashion history, or his larger-than-life capes. Whether a high-energy bright hue or strewn in black fur, his pièce de résistance cloaks always get the room talking.
15. Joanna Coles, Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan
For anyone that's unfamiliar with Joanna Coles' no-nonsense approach to running a women's magazine, just tune in to one of her appearances on CNN. We dare you
not to be intimidated by Coles when she sounds off on hot topics with her fierce ice blonde bob, chunky statement necklaces, and leather power dresses.
16.Matt Lauer, Host of Today
Today show colleagues nicknamed him "After-Hours Lauer" for his suave post-work style. He told Access Hollywood that he picked up his sartorial skills selling suits during high school and college at Richards, a fine clothing shop in Greenwich, Connecticut. To this day, many of Lauer's suits are cut by his former employer.
17.Lynn Yaeger, Contributing Editor at Vogue.com and Vogue
With her burnt orange hair and heavy-handedly blushed cheeks, Lynn Yaeger has a beauty regimen all her own. When you add large fur collars and New Age peasant dresses to the mix, you know you have a full-on style icon on your hands. We can personally attest to the fact that spotting Yaeger on the streets of NYC is one of the most fantastic spectacles one can experience.
18.Mobolaji Dawodu, Editor at Large of The Fader
Mobolaji Dawodu always looks like he walked straight out of the '70s in the best way possible. A fedora and sleek spectacles alway serve as his signatures, and when he's not donning bold tribal prints, his wardrobe has a distinct retro color palette reminiscent of groovier times.
19.Barbara Walters, Host of The View
Believe it or not, we're equally excited by Barbara Walter's style as our grandmothers. Despite being 84-years-old, Babs proves that senior dressing does not simply equate to orthopedic shoes and Dress Barn skirt suits. It can actually mean a parade of statement belts, oversized necklaces, and sparkly
Golden Girls eveningwear we wish we could pull off.
20.Eugene Tong, Style Director at Details Magazine
Never does a snapback look as refined as it does atop Eugene Tong's head.
Detail's headmaster of style knows just how to make urbanwear look as refined as a suit and tie, from his downtown slick blazers to his coveted sneakers.
21.Glenda Bailey, Editor in Chief of Harper's BAZAAR
If you've never heard Glenda Bailey wax poetic about fashion, you're missing out.
BAZAAR's head of command has unabashed love affair with fashion, and though she wears a lot of black, what she lacks in color she makes up for with accoutrements — typically of the ornamental statement earring variety.
22.Miroslava Duma, Former Editor at Harper's BAZAAR Russia and Freelance Writer
If Miroslava Duma is ever spotted in public looking as if she didn't just come off a runway, all is wrong in the world. The miniature Russian beauty is practically a life-size doll for all of the season's most trying trends — wearing leather overalls as easily as she does Chanel Haute Couture.
23.Alina Cho, TV Host
As the host of CNN's now-defunct "Fashion: Backstage Pass," Alina Cho helped bring fashion coverage to an enormous platform. Whether she's on air or perched front row during New York Fashion Week, you can always look to Cho for bold takes on the latest trends.
24.Jimmy Fallon, Host of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
GQ deemed Jimmy Fallon 'The New King of Late Night' and we not only couldn't agree more. He also has the best suit game of all the after-hours gang. Sure, we have some sneaking suspicions that he picked up some tips from his BFF, Justin Timberlake, but either way he looks good.
25.Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of Vogue
Anna Wintour once said, "You either know fashion or you don’t,” and if anyone does, it's her. She may give Kate Middleton a run for her money as repeat outfit offender, but considering her repertoire includes a wealth of Prada, Chanel, and custom pieces from just about every designer she's had a hand in making, we can look past it.
26. Joan Rivers, Host of Fashion Police
Love to hate her, or hate to love her, there's as much to say about Joan River's style as there is about her candor. We take great pleasure in watching her sling low blows at celebrities while wearing heaps of fur and giant necklaces.
27.Michael Strahan, Host of Live! with Kelly and Michael
Michael Strahan (Kelly Ripa's partner-in-crime) has been known to offset his contagious smile with an all-business approach to dressing. The former NFL star has a stacked line-up of tailored-to-perfection suits, but really got our attention at this year's Met Gala donning a black and navy Calvin Klein Collection tuxedo.
28.Tamron Hall, Host of NewsNation
Tamron Hall is not just easy on the eyes, but also possesses a charming sense of personal style — you know, the kind that catches the eye of
The New York Times' Style Section. Be it an arresting Nina Ricci dress or Maison Martin Margiela high-tops, she knows how to work a conversation piece.
29.Taylor Tomasi Hill, Artistic Director at Moda Operandi
Taylor Tomasi Hill is essentially Moda Operandi's human mannequin and proof that even the season's most out there looks have a place on the streets (so long as they're being styled at the hands of this crimson-hair beauty, of course).
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