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Fashion royalty’s power struggle

Ana Santi

When we blocked out an afternoon to discuss this year’s Power List, new members of the Drapers team asked how we would be able to come up with 100 influential people.

When we blocked out an afternoon to discuss this year’s Power List, new members of the Drapers team asked how we would be able to come up with 100 influential people. They soon realised that keeping the list down to 100 was the hard part – and that’s when the annual heated discussions began. Raised eyebrows (and voices), passionate pleas and cool silences followed before we all – mostly – agreed on this year’s most influential individuals in UK fashion (with the odd country thrown in too).

It’s testament to the success and talent of the people leading our sector that we struggled to edit the list to just 100 – and that’s saying something when faced with the turbulent year that’s been 2011. Some of you continued to shine above your competitors; others honed their sharp business minds to manage margins; while many jumped on two key growth areas – multichannel and overseas expansion.

Some slipped down the rankings or dropped out of the list. However, the 2011 Power List represents the ups and downs of this year alone. An uneventful, but stable year, could lead to a fall or exit. Indeed, this year’s number one is a new entry. Their strong influence on British fashion could not have been predicted this time last year. But then this industry is nothing if not unpredictable, and that’s how it should remain.

  • Ana Santi, Deputy editor

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