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Fashion’s influence is global

Caroline Nodder

Fashion has more than its fair share of ‘faces’ – people whose profile goes well beyond the industry to permeate national and international consciousness.

Fashion has more than its fair share of ‘faces’ – people whose profile goes well beyond the industry to permeate national and international consciousness.

Our 2011 Power List – inside this issue – pays testament to just that, but also demonstrates how fashion is equally influenced by individuals outside its sphere, from across the media, business and cultural spectrum.

In this year’s listing we have designers and retailers, of course we do, but we also have politicians, journalists, bloggers, royalty, and even a country. As ever with this type of list, we are not expecting everyone out there to agree with our choices, but if the list sparks a good debate then all the better, so do get in touch and let us know what you think of it and who you would have chosen to include.

Interestingly, in the build-up to the publication of this year’s Power List we’ve been asking some of our Twitter followers to guess who’s number one, and their guesses have been as diverse and varied as you would expect given this industry’s broad reach.

I was also lucky enough this week to be invited to the British Fashion Awards, organised by the British Fashion Council, and this universal interest in fashion came across quite clearly when I glanced across at my fellow attendees.

Among those of us gathered in the Savoy Theatre for the main event were some huge names, from US movie star Kate Hudson – who gave a brilliant introductory speech for her friend, the Red Carpet Award winner Stella McCartney – to ex-Spice Girl and now respected designer Victoria Beckham, who was presented with an award by another big name, Marc Jacobs, and the Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron.

The scale of this event, as well as the diversity of our Power List, shows how influential UK fashion is and this should be a source of great pride to all of you who work so hard to make it so.  

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