POWER DRESSING: Fashion designers Isabel Marant, Olivier Rousteing and Vanessa Seward figure among the 50 most influential French people in the world, according to a ranking to be published in the December/January issue of Vanity Fair France. The issue is due on newsstands Wednesday.
Prized for her effortless style – bohemian and tinged with the Eighties – Marant comes in at No. 9 while Rousteing, who has heated up Balmain with his racy shows and social-media muscle, was at No. 17. Seward, who launched her own label in 2011 with A.P.C. group after a career at Loris Azzaro, was ranked 37th.
Marant and Seward are new to the list, while Rousteing figured at No. 9 in the 2015 list.
Other industry figures in the 2016 rankings include: Evelyne Chetrite and Judith Milgrom, founders of the Sandro and Maje labels; jewelry designer Aurélie Bidermann; and makeup artist Sabrina Bedrani, whose famous clients include Charlize Theron, Heidi Klum and Felicity Jones.
Musician Héloïse Letissier, known by her stage name Christine and the Queens, topped the list, with the Conde Nast title touting her success on the British pop charts and her self-described pansexual nature.
Daft Punk has also topped the Vanity Fair list in past years, as has politician Christine Lagarde and automotive executive Carlos Ghosn.
Personalities on the new list that orbit the fashion universe include Aurélie Dupont, director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet; actress Marion Cotillard, a face of Dior; actress and front-row fixture Isabelle Huppert; model and musician Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis, son of Isabelle Adjani and Daniel Day-Lewis; and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, a vocal supporter of the industry.
While women dominate the 50 influentials, notable men include Emmanuel Macron, who is making a run for president in 2017. The dashing 38-year-old resigned as economy minister last fall to pursue a centrist bid under the banner En Marche.
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