Olsen twins, Alexander Wang among Forbes most influential trendsetters

Dec 19 2012, 22:15 IST
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SummaryForbes magazine has unveiled its 30 Under 30 list of style.

Carly Cushnie, Alexander Wang, the Olsen twins and Michael Avedon have been highlighted in this years Forbes 30 Under 30 list of style.

For the magazine's second annual 30 Under 30 list, Forbes decided to tweak last years Art and Design category to Art and Style, the emphasis being on about-town trend setters who are accomplished in the arts and fashion industries.

London-born fashion designer Carly Cushnie launched her label straight out of design school with business partner Michelle Ochs, who is not officially included in the list but is mentioned alongside Cushnie.

The duos big break came when Bergdorf Goodman picked up their very first collection for spring 2009, the Daily Mail reported.

Three years later and Cushnie et Ochs is now stocked at Saks, Neiman Marcus and U.K.-based Harvey Nichols, and worn by the likes of Jessica Alba, Rihanna, Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Hurley and of course, Michelle Obama.

Also on the list is Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen and Alexander Wang.

The celebrity design twins have created a successful fashion empire, including designer labels The Row and Elizabeth and James, as well as a customized T-shirt website called StyleMint.

Meanwhile Wang, the king of New Yorks downtown cool, has recently taken over the helm of Balenciaga from Nicolas Ghesquiere.

The designer grew his line of slouchy tees into an award-winning lifestyle brand including some of the most coveted shoes and accessories in fashion today.

Sally LaPointe is another talented designer in the 30 Under 30. Five collections in to her tailored yet feminine womens clothing line, she has already dressed Lady Gaga and performer Julianne Hough.

Blogger Leadra Medine of The Man Repeller fame, who had launched her blog in 2010 when she was just a 21-year-old journalism student still living in Manhattan, also made it to the list.

Lesser known names to the mainstream, but big names to the industry, also made the list - Michael Avedon grandson of Richard Avedon is currently a student at the International Center of Photography in New York City, while shooting the likes of Grace Coddington, Clemente Francesco, Julian Schnabel and Chuck Close for portraits.

Forbes 30 under 30: The young trendsetters in art and style are:

Carly Cushnie - fashion designer of Cushnie et Ochs

Joseph Altuzarra - fashion Designer of Altuzarra

Sophia Amoruso - founder of fashion retail site Nasty Gal

Michael Avedon - photographer

Gigi Burris, 25 - founder of Gigi Burris Millinery

Carter Cleveland - co-founder of Art.sy

Kyle DeWoody - owner of gallery Grey Area


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