The fashion designers and stylists who defined fashion in 2021 – Voices of Style


For every celebrity whose style you’ve admired over the past year, there has been a team of talented professionals working behind the scenes, creating the outfits that made these stars fashion icons in their own right. The dresses and personalized accessories are imagined by talented designers, who undoubtedly target this major “wow” moment. What about those seemingly effortless pull-and-jeans combos? They come from the minds of hard-working stylists, who make sure every piece is the perfect match.

Yet, as we look to the future, we know that just enjoying those looks is not enough. The industry as a whole could benefit from the change, opting for more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. There’s no shame in reinventing and wearing what’s already in your wardrobe, and if you’re going shopping it’s worth doing your research, supporting brands with goals that match yours. .

As to where to start? We have the solution as we move into 2022. Upcoming designers and stylists, selected as part of “Voices of Style” in our December issue, spark conversations about sustainability, representation and what is considered to be. haute couture – and the making of irresistibly good outfits. while they’re at it.

Adored for his lively and upbeat approach to design, Valentino’s creative director has repeatedly delivered the kind of fashion we want out of a global pandemic: bold and beautiful styles that make us dream of dressing up. The icing on the cake ? See her vibrant creations in the wild on everyone from Zendaya to a group of prominent fans at the Met Gala (Whoopi Goldberg, Carey Mulligan and Normani, to name a few).

The high demand for the vegan leather shopping bag from Clemens (aka the “Bushwick Birkin”) in 2020 has pushed his Telfar brand, which he launched in 2005, to a whole new level. But this year, the streetwear virtuoso cemented his status in the industry through collaborations with big brands like Converse and Ugg and entering television. “I think it’s cool that people are finding out about me now,” Clemens says. “I have done what I wanted to do with passion and creativity over the past 15 years, and I’m happy that it’s starting to come out of a fashion space and reach more people.”

“When I started Chromat in 2010, it was hard to find plus size, disabled and trans models – even models of color – in agencies, so it’s great to see that the diverse cast is the bare minimum. this stage. Now the conversation has shifted to who is behind the camera and behind the scenes. It is imperative to include decision-makers [with different perspectives]. “The brand continues to drive the conversation with swimwear forward:“ Swimsuits have been a priority for Chromat because of the power that one piece of clothing has on how people feel. We want to turn something insecure-laden into a play that celebrates all body types. ”

Left: Roseberry in the final of her Schiaparelli Haute Couture spring 2021 show. | Credit: Anne-Christine Poujoilat / AFP / Getty

Right: Lady Gaga in a bespoke Schiaparelli Haute Couture during the presidential inauguration in January. | Credit: Jonathan Ernst / Pool / AFP / Getty

Lizzo, Bella Hadid, Lady Gaga, Zendaya on our own cover – all the hottest celebrities have worn Roseberry’s striking designs for Schiaparelli this year with great fanfare. But even without the weight of his clientele, the couturier’s work stands out as great art, thanks to a combination of daring surrealist references and gravity-defying silhouettes.

The alum at London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins has been hailed for taking a fluid and sexist approach to its opulent and romantic runway collections (and, this fall, a joint launch with British jeweler Missoma). He also assembled a whole team of admirers, including Solange, Harry Styles and legendary model Iman.

Since the launch of its eponymous brand in 2015, it has quietly built a reputation as a manufacturer of luxury pieces that respect the environment. Now, as Chloe’s new Creative Director, she takes her thoughtful sensibility to a bigger stage by reinventing the feminine aesthetic of the French house (think freer than frilly) and pushing for sustainable practices (the brand is coming). to become B Corporation – certified, a designation that requires a rigorous inspection of the social and environmental impacts of a company).

In an age of overexposure, the particularly press-shy founder of Wales Bonner more often than not lets her work – a meticulously researched mix of traditional European couture and Afro-Atlantic influences – speak for itself. The message we are getting? That we want pretty much whatever she posts.

The tailor, designer and self-made man is relatively new to the scene, but with his courage and knack for structured cuts he is sure to become a household name.

Your brand Henry Mask has been spotted by celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, and LeBron James. Did you expect it to become such a sensation?

My brother and I had a conversation just as the pandemic struck about creating a [mask] business. No one else thought it was a good idea, but I expected it to be a success from day one – that’s why I invested so much! We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs, but it’s exciting to know you’ve built something as a family.

How do you hope to shape the future of the industry?

As a black man in luxury fashion, changing the notion of what luxury designers look like is a big responsibility for me. My story is not that of a benefactor or of conventional education; it is an underground story of what determination can produce. The industry is not limited to fashion students and traditional designers; it’s open to anyone daring enough to put their stake in the ground and say, “This is what I intend to do.

With your meteoric success over the past few years, do you think you have “made it”?

I have just begun. Rich fresh and Henry Mask are baby companies. I announced myself and made an impact, but I still have so much to do.

The mastermind behind Bode consistently sets the standard for green fashion by producing its collections in small batches from recycled vintage textiles. And while officially billed as men’s wear, its flowy pieces are championed by all manner of fashion lovers: just look at Lorde, who was hands down one of the best dressed guests at the Met Gala this year. in a custom Bode jacket, skirt and helmet. .

The pros behind this year’s most memorable celebrity looks have proven they can tackle any occasion – from red carpets to virtual ceremonies – and make it a fad.

The duo responsible for Regina King’s stunning wardrobe are the Dream Team Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald, who took the plunge last year with the goal of bringing a little lightness through their customers’ fashion. “We thought it was important to set the mood,” McDonald said. “Whether it was through the color, the silhouettes or the accessories, we wanted to breathe joy.” The pair’s favorite look of everything they styled in 2021 was King’s futuristic one-shoulder Louis Vuitton dress at the Golden Globes (above), which they said captured the essence of the actress perfectly. -director. “The dress was beautifully structured over her body while still being cool and effortless,” says Bannerman. “It was like armor but there was still femininity, just like Regina herself.”

“I want to use my platform to amplify voices and inspire young designers who look like me,” says Roach, who describes himself as the sole architect of the image. The red carpet styles we live for from mega clients Zendaya and Kerry Washington are a testament to her talent for creating looks that make the headlines. The ultimate Roach style customer? “Someone who is upbeat and enjoys the art of fashion and is not afraid to take risks.”

This year In the style The winner of Voice of Style aims for a fashion that surprises and delights.

Between working on looks for stars like Cynthia Erivo, Yara Shahidi and Angelina Jolie, you’ve had a remarkable year. What does it mean to you to be named Voice of Style 2021?

“It means more than just being celebrated. For me, it’s an opportunity to bring attention to people who look like me and who have always been told that style and fashion are inaccessible to us. C ‘is a reflecting mirror to show people that they can see themselves. “

How do you want your customers to feel about the style?

“I try to dress people with an angle of joy. Happiness depends on what happens to you, but through all things you can always find joy. No matter what someone says about it. its aesthetics, it is cheerful. “

Looking to 2022, what are you passionate about?

“To delve into what fashion means to me, which is this imaginary journey and create these episodes of whimsy in my mind.”

As the woman behind some of Lil Nas X’s biggest wardrobe wins, Musa knows how to capitalize on a fashion risk. Some strong points? The rapper’s jaw-dropping lilac VMA outfit, plus the style and creative direction of his debut album Montero, an instant classic not only for the bops but also for the shockingly sexy sets of the clips.

Collaborating with pop superstar Olivia Rodrigo, the couple were instrumental in developing an image that is both young and daring for the singer-songwriter’s year of brilliance.

For more stories like this, get the December / January 2022 issue of In the style, available at newsstands, on Amazon and for digital download November 19.


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