PHOTOS: Which Fashion Folk Made The
Time 100 List?
was the Tom Ford lone representative of the fashion community to make it on . This year, that number has increased exponentially (an exact number really depends on who does or doesn’t “count” as fashion) with the inclusion of TIME’s 100 list Spanx founder Sara Blakley, Alexander McQueen designer , Sarah Burton Kate and Pippa Middleton, and Rihanna.
Here’s what each of their biggest supporters
had to say about them.
1.Sarah Jessica Parker on Sarah Burton
"She thinks about women and art and stories, weaves her tale into the future of fashion. On the runway she is inspired. And she creates the most beautiful and complex layers and simple, perfect lines. And a waist. Keeping up the tradition.
And she did the undoable. A royal wedding dress that could never live up to the impossible dream. But it did."
2.Catherine Mayer, TIME’s Europe Editor, on The Middletons
"The Middletons have become avatars of aspiration. Other women aim to dress like them, to emulate their easy athleticism and their more problematic slenderness.
How do the sisters feel about their influence? They aren’t saying. Latter-day Mona Lisas, they smile mysteriously and keep their mouths closed. In an age of bleating, tweeting, confessional celebrity, the middle-class Middletons show real class."
3.Katie Couric on Sara Blakley
"The comic irony of Spanx is that the woman who became a billionaire after inventing them doesn’t even need them. Poor thing, she was a size 2 when the idea hit her.
But luckily for Sara Blakely, 41, plenty of us had a little junk in our trunks. As we were trying to hide our guts, she trusted hers. Despite the naysayers, with just $5,000 and a great idea she proved that you don’t need an M.B.A. to know what women want and how to market it."
4.Stella McCartney on Rihanna
"Rihanna, 24, goes out of her way to support the people she believes in. She is one of the few people I know in that world of fame and celebrity who aren’t all about themselves. She’ll give a real part of herself to an ordinary person she may meet, and that’s rare.
This is the beginning for Rihanna — she has so much more to do and to give. She is just getting going, so watch out. She’s the Barbados ambassador for youth and culture, and she’s coming to a town near you."