The Top 50 of The NYC Fashion Hierarchy

In the days leading up to the kick off of Mercedes-Benz Spring 2009 Fashion Week, nearly every media outlet overloads on analyzing, lampooning, and ranking Gotham-centric fashion politics. Yesterday, The New York Daily News unveiled its list of NYC fashion’s  “Fifty Most Powerful” players. Along with the obligatory Wintours came the unexpected dark horses (the ‘wichcraft guy?).

Key mentions:
– We just gave it away, but you probably already  knew: of course Anna Wintour is #1. No one else wields the almighty axe of style arbitration like she can.
– Mayor Mike Bloomberg is #5! Don’t be surprised: who do you think aids in the financial masterminding of the NYC Fashion Weeks? As the News puts it: “…he understands the cash it generates. Mike’s a power player for having sweet-talked the city into letting the tents stay in Bryant Park for the foreseeable future.” We can’t even imagine the horror of celebrating the turn of the style seasons in Hell’s Kitchen.
– The indefatigable Diane Von Furstenberg is #8. As a style maven, a designer responsible for at least two of the most iconic visual legacies in womenswear (that would be wrap dresses and geo-jungle prints), and the long-reigning queen of the CFDA, there’s no doubt she’s earned deity status among the New York fashion elite.
Kelly Cutrone – PR godmother of People’s Revolution & the single most compelling reason to actually watch The Hills – comes in at #12.
Seemingly random but relevant: Mary Guiliani, caterer to style stars (#16); Michael Oliver, Bryant Park ‘Wichcraft Manager (#30), Ty Yorio and Michael and Tom Carney, Bryant Park chief security team (#40).
Kindred spirits: Scott Schuman, aka “The Sartorialist” (#29),  Leslie Price, senior editor of

Oh, and Marc, Carolina, Ralph, Oscar, Iman, Coco, the entire Project Runway judge panel, and Liya Kebede also made the cut. See the full list here.

How would your ranking of the New York City fashion powers that be compare with this list?


  • Zsa Zsa Giggleman says:

    I would certainly rank my client Dr Rand Pink near the top of the list. For over 26 years the celebrity gynecologist has kept the top models healthy.Being invovled with Fashion Week for so many years he is familiar with tabloid paps but is more concerned with pap smears. . Pink who retires from his practice in September has asked Diane von Furstenberg to design a wrap dress made out of paper for patients. A marriage of fashion and function.”No more cold breezes”. He envsions a wrap gown for women in hospitals in the near future. All money for the hospital gowns would benefit the Rand Pink Cancer Foundation. Pinks wife of 14 years Ingrid Berger from Switzerland died of cancer in 2004.. . , Pink’s other venture includes a collaboration with Rand Jeans of Denmark. He created the VAJEANA brand of denim made of virgin material. He has offered the Disney star $10 million dollars to endorse and star in the ads that tout Nothing Comes Between Me And My VAJEANA. . Finally, Pink thinks all of the designers, models, magazine editors, photographers, make up artists, stylists, publicists, garment workers, the great city of New York that in the end beauty is only skin deep On a serious note he wants people to realize that preventative medicine reduces your chances of cancer.Visit your doctor then go shopping.

  • Zsa Zsa Giggleman says:

    We have just learned that Disney star Selena Gomez will not accept the $10 million dollar contract offer from Dr Rand Pink for the VAJEANA denim brand. As far as Nothing Coming Between Her And Her VAJEANA advertising campaign, Gomez’s rep had no comment. Turning to another boldface name the brand is going to make it more tongue and cheek and has asked Paris Hilton to represent the line.

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