The power of change in fashion has never been more pronounced than it is today. In a system that’s in a state of flux—with the relevancy of Men’s Fashion Week in doubt; with key creative directors missing from major houses and with a general public suffering from It bags/girls/shoes overload—the fashion world is questioning its own existence. Yet, we have never consumed more fashion than we do today. The truth is, it’s a realm that thrives on change—it is what keeps things fresh, relevant and exciting.
This fall/winter, I have seen a seismic shift in style camps. Miuccia Prada and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele have brought about the greatest change in both men’s and women’s aesthetics the past few years. Fashion’s most daring disruptors have plucked from vintage cabinets, trawled through their fantastical dreams and mystical journeys to produce textured, layered, embellished and sequinned wonders every fashion girl and boy are wearing today.
On the flip side, realists like Phoebe Philo, Christophe Lemaire, Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski of Hermès and, of course, Demna Gvasalia, are taking the uniform of the everyday and turning them into luxurious basics in couture fabrics (and millions of fashion fans can thank them for that). These two distinct schools of thought stood out this season to claim dual ascendance to the throne.
And, wearing some of their creations are 30 of the world’s most powerful women—in fashion, technology, media, politics, wellness and entertainment—who make a difference in our daily lives. See our power list in this issue—these are the women whom you have been wearing, talking, using, listening and watching every single day of your life for the past year.
Lastly, on a very sad note, we have recently seen the worst displays of power ever shown—the Orlando nightclub tragedy and the Istanbul airport bombings which showed how firepower in the wrong hands, with the wrong people and the wrong intent is so incredibly deadly. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”
Make love your greatest act of power. Peace out.
—Kenneth Goh, Editor-in-Chief