Leading Ladies of Fashion

We’re all acquainted with courses like Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and many others, as well as some of the top fashion and way of life magazines in the international market. Being trendsetters and redefining popular culture, they are almost every lady’s go-to source for the entirety of the style associated. Greater than frequently, we find ourselves turning the sleek pages of these magazines to stay makeup at the modern-day happenings in the fashion world.

Even as we can all call some of the most popular style magazines in one cross, can we understand the brains behind some of our favorite magazines? Those editors-in-chief are at the top of the fashion recreation and hold one of the most coveted and sought-after jobs within the fashion industry. Being style icons and heading some of the world’s leading publications, most females might kill to be in their shoes.


Here are top listed leading ladies of the fashion industry:

Anna Wintour (Editor-in-chief of Vogue and Artistic Editor of Conde Nast)

Wielding the command to make or break designers is an awesome responsibility in the fashion industry. Some think the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour, has just such powers. Despite Vogue’s status as the top publication in prestige and circulation among fashion magazines, Wintour has used her powers for the positive and has brought the magazine to a broader audience by giving runway tips and mentoring struggling designers. “I have always believed that it is important to understand Vogue’s mission in broad and socially responsible terms,” says Wintour, who has spearheaded several functions creating jobs and benefiting charities. To wield such power for the interest of others is why she has been chosen as one of our leading ladies.

Glenda Bailey (Editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar)

Our next leading lady of fashion has a reputation for being unique and groundbreaking in her knowledge of fashion and her approach as editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar. The notable Glenda Bailey also served as the editor of Marie Claire’s U.S. edition in 1996, after serving as the founding editor for eight years for the British Marie Claire in 1988. She brought the magazine to such heights that she was awarded the status of Adweek’s Top 10 Hottest Magazines four years in a row. Along with three Magazine Editor of the Year Awards, five-time winner of Magazine of the Year, and Amnesty International Awards winner twice, Bailey earned a fashion design degree from Kingston University in England. Awards of this magnitude indicate the formidable influence that this leading lady of fashion exhibits.

Roberta Myers (Editor-in-chief of American Elle)

With tons of experience under her belt and working at some of the best publications, such as Rolling Stones, Seventeen, InStyle, and Mirabella, Roberta Myers became the editor-in-chief of Elle in 2000. Since then, she has managed to bring Elle on the fashion map and earn the status of one of the famous and leading destinations for fashion, culture, and the arts.

Cindi Leive (Editor-in-chief of Glamour)

Cindi Leive has held this post since 2001 and has driven the magazine’s rise to the top. Since she was a kid, she knew she wanted to run a magazine and worked relentlessly towards that dream. Her unique, honest, and exceptional coverage makes Glamour stand out on the stands compared to other magazines and is every woman’s first choice.

Anne Fulenwider (Editor-in-chief of Marie Claire)

An English Literature major from Harvard, Fulenwider began her career with an internship sewing magazine and worked her way up the ladder. After ten years as senior articles editor at Vanity Fair, two years as executive director at Marie Claire, and editor at Brides, she found herself back at Marie Claire as editor-in-chief. Under her, the magazine has continued with woman-centric and empowerment-related themes and has expanded its horizons since.

Linda Wells (Editor-in-Chief of Allure)

Another leading lady in fashion magazines is Linda Wells, Editor-in-Chief of Allure. At the same time, most fashion magazines highlight trend-setting runway designs and beauty tips, and his powerhouse editor from Greenwich deals with the hard-hitting issues that women face in this day and age: “We were the first women’s magazine ever to write about the dangers of breast implants,” Wells states. “We did the first story on models who were addicted to heroin.” This revolutionary approach for a women’s fashion magazine has skyrocketed Allure’s circulation to award-winning status from the advertising and publishing community. With an impressive career legacy, which includes (to name a few) editorial assistant at Vogue, beauty editor for The New York Times Magazine, guest appearances on Oprah and “Entertainment Tonight” – her leading-lady status is not at all surprising.

Fern Mallis (Senior Vice President of New York’s IMG Fashion)

One of our leading fashion ladies is Fern Mallis, Senior VP of New York’s IMG Fashion and one of the main event planners. She held this position due to her reputation for serving as Executive Director in 1993 on the Council of Fashion Designers of America and as the organizational genius behind the first “Fashion Week” on Sixth.


With her ability to coordinate eighty temperamental top designers, her pleasant and calm personality, and her ability to handle the paparazzi, this high-powered fashion trendsetter is capable of handling multi-million dollar events such as the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York  Fashion Week in New York is a defining event in the fashion world, making this multi-million dollar extravaganza a feather in the cap of our phenomenal leading lady, Fern Mallis.

Diane von Furstenberg (DVF), (President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America)

Diane von Furstenberg (DVF), named President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 2006 and a well-known fashion designer. DVF began her legacy in 1970 with a thirty thousand dollar investment. By 1973, she was known for her revolutionary design of the “wrap dress,” which is on display in the Costume Institute section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After several decades of successful businesses, including a cosmetic line, publishing house, design and marketing studio, and home-shopping venture – DVF has created a line of women’s high-end apparel and was also The International Center in New York’s Award of Excellence recipient. With such a long and distinguished career, DVF is a leading fashion industry lady.

Cathy Horyn (American Fashion Critic and Journalist)

Feared and revered: As the New York Times’ straight-talking, hard-hitting fashion critic, her reviews are the most respected and torn. Armani famously banned Horyn from his show for a few seasons after writing something he didn’t like.

Natalie Massenet (Fashion Entrepreneur and Former Journalist)

Natalie Massenet revolutionized the world of online shopping. The first site to bring luxury and a finely curated selection of high fashion to the world of e-mail, Net-A-Porter is still the leader and trendsetter in the ever-expanding world of online shopping.

Miuccia Prada, (Italian Fashion Designer and Businesswoman)

Miuccia Prada built her family’s luxury leather bag business into a fashion empire. Her designs are consistently among the most directional and subsequently imitated, season after season.

Pat McGrath (British Makeup Artist)

Every season’s go-to makeup artist: McGrath’s deft use of color and statement-making beauty looks on various runways set a standard, ultimately leading to work on multiple ad campaigns as a celebrity makeup artist and as a consultant for various beauty brands. She continues to create beautiful looks on multiple international runways every fashion season.

Angela Ahrendts, (CEO of Burberry)

Ahrendts took the English heritage brand Burberry into the 21st century. Under Ahrendt’s guidance, Burberry has become one of the fashion’s recognizable luxury names. The brand’s digital initiatives within the industry have been groundbreaking, and it boasts nearly 13 million fans on Facebook.

Delphine Arnault (Board of Directors at both Dior and LVMH)

Yes, she’s LVMH chief Bernard Arnault’s daughter, but she’s a businesswoman. Arnault could potentially be France’s most prominent businesswoman. She has proven to be more than just an heiress by working her way up the ranks at the world’s largest luxury goods company. She now sits on the Board of Directors at Bior and LVMH and could inherit it all one day.

Franca Sozzani, (Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia)

Sozzani has been a pioneer in bringing Vogue Italia into the digital age, democratizing fashion, and highlighting plus-size and non-white models. While some of her decisions have met with controversy, they’ve always encouraged meaningful discussions.