As money today flows fast and furious between the two intertwined industries of music and fashion, it comes as no surprise that these image makers are some of the biggest names that are shaping fashion in the music world. Dive in and see who's made our top 10 list, and just why they matter.
Who is he: Designer, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and director
Why he matters: Convention-flaunting fashion designer Marc Jacobs has a long-standing relationship with music, one that he continues to support and consistently showcase together with his own fashion label, Marc Jacobs, as well as Marc by Marc Jacobs. He was the creative director of the French design house Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2014, and have won multiple Designer of the Year awards throughout his career years.
Who is she: Fashion model
Why she matters: She's Lionel's daughter and Nicole's sister, but you won't find hints of either in Sofia Richie's personal style. The model and aspiring designer is, according to her father, an "old soul," but she's setting the tone for her very own wave of fashion, and taking the world along with her.
Who is he? Menswear designer
Why he matters: A pioneer of turning rock stars into campaign models, John Varvatos has launched John Varvatos Records with Republic and co-signed Zac Brown Band, whose 2015 album Jekyll + Hyde debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and signed Hollywood Vampires (a venture involving Joe Perry, Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp) and folk-soul artist Amos Lee, who describes wearing Varvatos’ clothing in much the same way as working with him: “A good fit. Never like, I’m trying too hard or doing something that doesn’t feel right.”
Who is he: CEO/chief creative officer, Burberry
Why He Matters: No other designer is more dedicated to spotlighting British artists, from Elton John to James Bay. Since joining the British fashion house from Gucci in 2001, Bailey, has defined it as a leader in music and technology. “From the live soundtracks to our runway shows to Burberry Acoustic [which promotes artists across Burberry channels], working with musicians makes our brand about more than the product,” says the designer.
Who is she: Stylist to Justin Bieber, Hailee Steinfeld and more
Why she matters: Arguably one of 2016’s biggest comebacks, Justin Bieber’s return to music was complemented by a new look carefully constructed by Welch. The stylist also took his aesthetic (think long tees and copious flannel) directly to consumers through blockbuster deals with Barneys New York and Forever 21, brokered by Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun and Bravado’s Mat Vlasic.
Who is she? Artist-designer
Why she matters: She’s hailed as Queen for a reason: Every single fashion and music decision Bey makes sparks a conversation for her more than 83.9 million social media followers. With the help of her team of star stylists including Marni Senofonte and B. Åkerlund, the diverse and sexy outfits depicted in her Lemonade visual album weren’t simply eye candy, they played a direct role in shaping Beyoncé’s empowering feminist message. Sharing screen space were labels like Gucci and Roberto Cavalli and newer names like Maria Lucia Hohan and Yousef Al-Jasmi. Last year the 35-year-old launched Ivy Park, her activewear line with Topshop and received the CFDA Fashion Icon Award.
Who is he: Creative director; Jeremy Scott, Moschino
Why he matters: Best friends/muses like Miley Cyrus make their stages his runway. On top of running his eponymous label (which marks its 20th anniversary this year), Scott has revived Moschino since taking over in 2013.
Who is he: Co-owner/head of imagination, G-Star Raw; artist-entrepreneur
Why he matters: From hats to kicks, Williams’ self-styled looks have a way of going viral. The Grammy winner’s fashion résumé spans more than a decade, including collaborations with Louis Vuitton and Chanel and a long-term partnership with Adidas, for which his Superstar Supercolor 50-hue collection sold out in a weekend.
Who is she: Chief designer/vice president, Versace
Why she matters: For the ultimate dose of sex appeal, pop stars opt for Versace. “Versace is part of pop culture,” says Donatella of the fashion house, which in 2015 had revenue of $720 million. “I love to hear hip-hop stars rap about Versace,” adds the 61-year-old, who has crafted some of the most daring looks of all time for Jennifer Lopez and Madonna (“one of the most famous Versace icons”) and more recently for Taylor Swift, who accepted the 2016 Grammy for best album in a colour-blocked bandeau and floor-length silk skirt.
Who is he: Grammy-winner rapper, designer and director
Why he matters: Music and fashion have always had a symbiotic relationship for West, and his success in bringing fans into the equation led Adidas to double down on its investment, launching a new partnership in July 2016 called Adidas/West that the company says is “the most significant partnership ever created between an athletic brand and a non-athlete.” Adidas plans to open new stores dedicated solely to the line, building on the success of cult favourite shoe the Yeezy Boost 750, which continues to garner four figures on secondary markets.