We’re delighted to introduce you to our first edition of StyleMakers, the latest collaboration between sister publications Variety and WWD.

This issue celebrates the fusion of entertainment and fashion as personified by some of today’s most influential talents as they hopscotch their way from runway to red carpet, backstage to backlot.

Our inaugural StyleMakers event takes place Nov. 19 at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, where we’ll honor leading creative lights from the acting, design and beauty worlds. A common touchstone: style.

StyleMakers comes at a time when the fashion industry is experiencing an identity crisis that’s stirred by heightened theatrical expectations. And it’s centered on a pertinent debate: Should runway shows be open to the public? It may be an inevitability, given the basic economics of supply and demand, as there’s no question the demand is there. Imagine scalpers hawking Gucci or Givenchy tickets like courtside seats to the Knicks or Lakers. Perhaps as a sign of things to come, Riccardo Tisci this past season in New York posted 820 first-come, first-serve tickets online to the public for his Givenchy show — a moving outdoor fashion/performance piece on the Hudson River on 9/11. Frenzy ensued, and the ducats sold out immediately. Thousands were left lobbying industry VIPs — in vain — to score a ticket.

But then, showmanship has always been common ground between fashion and entertainment, and often the connections have been quite literal. There’s no shortage of Hollywood elite who got their start in the style world, including Lauren Bacall, Halle Berry, Charlize Theron and Joel Schumacher, to name just a few. The latest crossover: Tom Ford, who skipped a full runway show this season, opting for an innovative online video while he’s busy directing his second big-screen film, “Nocturnal Animals,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

All further evidence that fashion is entertainment and entertainment is fashion. One informs and influences the other. And like any fruitful relationship, one partner — literally — makes the other look good.

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