500 List Imran Amed, Editor in Chief, Business of Fashion, 41 Imran Amed founded Business of Fashion as a blog written from the perspective of an industry outsider from his London sofa.
It has since become a must read for fashion's insiders as well for its news and analysis of emerging designers, brands, trends and technologies, and for Amed's video interviews with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Jefferson Hack. With a background in management consultancy and an MBA from Harvard, Amed takes a commercial as well as a creative interest in fashion. He is an associate lecturer at Central St Martin's College of Art Design and in 2014 launched recruitment arm BoF Careers. In 2015 Northern Irish designer Jonathan Anderson accomplished a fashion world first by winning both Menswear and Womenswear Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards. He founded his own label J W Anderson in 2008, jimmy choo lang sale and was appointed creative director for Spanish luxury house Loewe in 2013. Anderson initially started out in acting, but his interest in costume design led him to the London College of Fashion, after which he worked as a visual merchandiser at Prada, assisting legendary stylist Manuela Pavesi. Since then, and via a sold out collaboration with Topshop, his rise has been unstoppable. Victoria Beckham, OBE, Fashion Designer, 42 Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has managed to build a second career even more successful than her first, as a respected fashion designer whose fans include Beyonc, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sienna Miller. Beckham opened her first shop in 2014 and was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Management Today the same year and Woman of the Decade jimmy choo suede wedges by Glamour magazine. An ambassador for UNAIDS, Beckham has designed a range of t shirts and accessories to benefit World Aids Day and was appointed OBE in the 2017 New Year Honour's List for her services to fashion and charity. Manolo Blahnik, Shoe Designer, 74 One of the best known shoe designers in the world, Manolo Blahnik is credited with reviving the sleek stiletto heel during the era of chunky platforms in the 1970s. His intricate, often whimsical designs are informed by his breadth of knowledge and appetite for culture, with musician Rihanna one recent collaborator. Born in Spain, Blahnik was initially interested in set design but was advised to make shoes by Diana Vreeland, then editor of US Vogue. He still sketches and hand crafts each of his shoes and keeps all of his 25,000 designs, arranged in date order, in two adjoining houses in Bath. Sarah Burton, OBE, Creative Director, Alexander McQueen, 42 Manchester born Sarah Burton has been creative director at Alexander McQueen since the designer's death in 2010. She is perhaps best known for designing the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress, and has also created pieces for Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama and Gwyneth Paltrow. Burton worked alongside McQueen for 14 years and was head of womenswear from 2000. Fleetingly rumoured to be a contender for the top job at Dior after the departure of Raf Simons, Burton brought the Paris based Alexander McQueen back to its British roots in 2016 to show its Autumn/Winter collection at London Fashion Week for the first time in 15 years. The Duchess of Cambridge, 34 The Duchess of Cambridge continues to wield huge fashion influence: whether it's a Jenny Packham maternity dress on the steps of the Lindo Wing or a Reiss coat for a charity engagement, her choices inevitably sell out within hours. That same selling power now extends to outfits worn by her two children, and Prince George was ranked in GQ's 50 Best Dressed Men list when he was still a toddler. The Duchess's McQueen wedding gown was a demonstration of her commitment to British brands, with consistent favourites including Temperley, Jenny Packham, Reiss and Whistles, combining high street with haute couture. Sandra Choi, Creative Director, Jimmy Choo, 44 The niece of Jimmy Choo's wife, Sandra Choi was also his first employee, and helped organise the business from the beginning, acquiring a creative role after Tamara Mellon took charge in 1996. She became sole creative director in 2013 and has helped the brand remain at the forefront of fashion, saying the new Choo wearer 'doesn't get her hair done'. Jimmy Choos have been worn by the likes of Princess Diana, Michelle Obama and the Duchess of Cambridge, and while the brand may still be closely associated with the red carpet, its bestsellers now include biker boots, ballet flats and trainers. Early in her career Chung was a presenter on Channel 4 shows such as Popworld and T4, but left the channel and the UK to pursue a career in the US. She is now considered a style ambassador and designers' muse, and is a contributing editor at Vogue. Chung won the British Style Award at the British Fashion Awards for three years running. Johnny Coca, Creative Director, Mulberry Johnny Coca filled a vacancy of two years' standing when he joined British luxury brand Mulberry as creative director in 2015. In the short time since, the company's sales have increased by 10% and its profits tripled. Coca has reinvented some of Mulberry's best loved bags such as the Bayswater, one of the first 'It' bags, while introducing new models and keeping prices competitive. Coca was born in Spain and studied in Paris, and began his career as a window dresser at Louis Vuitton, securing a designer job after the management saw some of his sketches. He joined Mulberry from French house Cline and has also worked for Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors. Cara Delevingne, Model and Actress, 24 One of the most recognisable models in the world, Cara Delevingne returned to the catwalk in 2016 for a Chanel show in Paris after a break to pursue her acting career. Starting out aged 17 modelling for ASOS, her first catwalk appearance was for Burberry and she fronted the label's Spring/Summer 2012 campaign with Jourdan Dunn. Since then she has graced catwalks and magazine covers worldwide and has designed her own collections for DKNY and Mulberry. Delevingne's on screen performances have been well received and she is set to appear in a further three films in 2017, including an adaptation of Martin Amis's London Fields. Edward Enninful, OBE, Editor and Stylist, jimmie cho 43 British Ghanaian stylist Edward Enninful is the fashion and style director at W magazine. He was scouted to be a model at 16 and at 18 he became the youngest ever fashion director of i D magazine. Enninful has also worked as a contributor to Italian Vogue where he challenged the status quo over its use of models, spearheading its Black Issue and styling a cover editorial using plus sized models. Enninful's mother was a seamstress whose colourful creations inspired his interest in fashion. His contribution to improving diversity in the industry was recognised in 2016 when he was appointed OBE. Livia Firth, Founder and Creative Director, Eco Age, 47 Livia Firth's consultancy Eco Age works with fashion brands to deliver sustainability solutions by assessing their supply chains and making recommendations based on social, ethical and environmental factors. Firth is also the driving force behind the Green Carpet Challenge, a project designed to raise the profile of sustainability and social welfare. The 'GCC' has catapulted sustainable style into the spotlight at high profile events including the BAFTAs, and Firth has given keynote speeches at Copenhagen Fashion Summit and The World Economic Forum. In 2016 Firth designed a collection for M which featured leather bags from Brazil with their own passport. Anya Hindmarch, MBE, Designer, 48 Accessories designer Anya Hindmarch founded her company in 1987 and now footwear made by jimmy choo has more than 50 stores throughout the world. She was inspired to design and sell handbags after seeing the popularity of a particular leather duffel bag amongst women in Italy and importing it to the UK. Hindmarch's accessories are characterised by a playful wit, and her popular I'm Not a Plastic Bag tote was an antidote to environment harming carrier bags. Hindmarch has been named Designer of the Year by Glamour magazine on three occasions and was Elle magazine's Accessory Designer of the Year in 2016.
Fashion photographer Nick Knight has worked with designers including John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Tom Ford, and his 2016 portrait of The Queen with Prince Charles was released at the end of last year to commemorate her 90th birthday. Knight's work has been exhibited at the V Tate Modern and the Saatchi Gallery amongst others, and he has published several books of photography. He has also shot album covers and music videos for Bjrk, Lady Gaga, Kanye West and David Bowie.