This morning, Time released its annual “100 Most Influential People” list, which includes a roster of celebrities (Kendrick Lamar, Aziz Ansari, Charlize Theron, Melissa McCarthy, and Adele—obvi), politicians (Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, and New York’s very own pumpkin-hued tyrant, Donald Trump), artists (Yayoi Kusama—dubbed the “eternal radical” by Marc Jacobs—was the only visual artist on the list), and various other movers and shakers. As for the fashions, supermodel Karlie Kloss, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, and Chinese designer Guo Pei all made the cut.
“Karlie Kloss is the epitome of the ideal American millennial woman,” wrote designer Diane von Furstenberg in her tribute. (If you’ll recall, Kloss—clad in a full-length gold sequined dress and big ‘70s curls—starred in von Furstenberg’s Fall 2016 disco romp, and has consistently walked in the Belgian-born designer’s shows, in addition to appearing in a number of her campaigns.) Von Furstenberg mentioned the super’s efforts to get young girls into coding, as well as her work in promoting charitable organizations like Feed and Edible Schoolyard NYC. “As a model, a businesswoman, a young philanthropist, and a force on social media, she doesn’t just connect with her generation—she leads it,” the designer and CFDA president wrote.
Riccardo Tisci, called “fashion’s agitator” by Donatella Versace in her tribute, was recognized for his boundary-pushing work and rebellious creative vision. “Riccardo is so brave and fearless,” Versace wrote. “I sometimes think he must have Versace blood somewhere in his body. He is more than just a friend to me—he is family.” Since his appointment as creative director of Givenchy in 2005, Tisci has revitalized the storied label, injecting it with a gothic edge and melancholic romanticism—and garnering much recognition along the way.
Guo Pei, who, according to Wendi Murdoch, is “China’s hautest couturier,” was catapulted into the spotlight (well, the Western spotlight—she was already renowned in China) last May after Rihanna showed up—and subsequently killed it—to the Met Ball in Pei’s 55-pound fur-trimmed canary-yellow masterpiece, which took the Chinese haute couturier more than two years to make. “I still remember my first visit to her showroom in Beijing many years ago,” wrote Murdoch. “It was nothing short of breathtaking.” Pei made her Paris debut during Couture Week last year, and her Spring 2016 lineup was as stunning as RiRi’s Met Gala show-stopper. “Guo’s influence on fashion and culture is enormous, barrier breaking—not defined by East or West,” Murdoch continued. “And it doesn’t matter where you’re from; you can sense the emotion in her fashion. That’s what art does: it moves you.”
For Time’s full “100 Most Influential People” list, click here.