The Fashion Icons who have been in the industry the longest: TBR’s favourite Fashion Veterans and why we love them. Take a look at our list of favourite fashion veterans that comprises of the models, editors and fashion icons we adore!
At 97 years strong, Iris Apfel is a self-labelled 'accidental icon', known for her bright, eclectic and unabashedly bold style. Bright colours, paired with statement jewellery and of course, her staple round glasses are irreplaceable elements that create the style she rocks all year round, and we love it!
In her earlier years, she worked for the fashion magazine Women's Wear Daily, and then she went on to launch a textile firm with her husband, until their retirement. Plus, she also took part in design restoration projects, which included work for NINE American presidents! Nowadays, she consults and lectures on fashion and style. Iris was the one that taught us 'it's not what you wear, but how you wear it.' Cheers to her!
Fashion journalist and editor, Dame Anna Wintour has been the editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988 and artistic director for Conde Nast, Vogue's publisher, since 2013. Anna is a legend in the fashion industry, with her keen eye for fashion trends and her irreplaceable ability to connect with readers.
Through her influence, many fashion houses hired fresh, upcoming designers, like Christian Dior's hire of John Galliano who revived the brand’s image. Anna's pageboy bob haircut and dark sunglasses (which are actually corrective lenses!) have been her signature accessories for years. We can’t imagine how different the fashion industry would be without her profound influence. This is who you call a true icon.
Welsh former model and creative director of American Vogue, Grace Coddington is famous for her dramatic and complex photoshoots and editorials. At 17, someone submitted her pictures for a Vogue model competition, and this just so happened to initiate her modelling career for Vogue.
At 26, Grace was sadly involved in a car accident, but survived with some head injuries and a removed eyelid (which was reconstructed later with plastic surgery). Two years after, she gained a position at British Vogue as a junior editor, and in 1988, she joined Anna Wintour as Vogue's creative director, and has been at her side ever since. What a powerful duo the two have become.
Scouted at 14 at the JFK airport in 1988, English supermodel Kate Moss has reached fashion icon status over her expansive career. She's been on the cover of British Vogue 30 times, and has been the face of ad campaigns for all the big names: Chanel, Balenciaga, Burberry, Versace, Alexander Wang, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen and Bulgari to only name a handful.
Kate Moss is one of our favourites from the Big Six supermodels of the late 20th century, and in fact, she's also a contributing fashion editor for British Vogue!
English model Naomi Campbell is also one of the six models of her generation declared supermodels by the fashion industry.
Walking the runways for Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, Chloé, Diane Von Furstenberg, Prada, Chanel, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana and many more, she has been a muse for designers and an inspiration for countless aspiring models. Recruited at 15 years old, she has been one of the most in-demand models since the late 80s and 90s and she's. absolutely. stunning.
The quintessential 1950s model and now at 87 years young, Carmen Dell'Orefice is the world's oldest working model. Gracing the cover of Vogue at only 15 years old, her timeless elegance has endured beautifully.
Carmen has starred in famous magazines and walked for fashion houses for years, and in her wake, has inspired many revered artists including Salvador Dali. With her ageless class, she is such an inspiration who reminds us that beauty is truly timeless.
By Nina Sudnitsin