(September 10, 2007, New York, NY) – W magazine announces the first ever I-List in its October issue naming the most influential people and places shaping today’s fashion and style. The list includes actors Scarlett Johansson and Anne Hathaway, digital innovator Steve Jobs, designers Tory Burch and Vera Wang, and musicians Justin Timberlake and Timbaland.
W magazine’s complete I-List follows:
Throwing Curves – Scarlett Johnson: for maintaing her bombshell proportions that set her apart from her cookie-cutter contemporaries.
The Anti-Lindsay – Anna Hathaway: for emerging as a wholesome, elegant young role model and living a radically alternative lifestyle by modern Hollywood standards.
It Guru – Steve Jobs: for creating the most desirable accessory, the i-Pod, as no it-bag out there has come close to achieving its cultural resonance.
Social Star – Tory Burch: for parlaying her well-heeled image into a serious business that is immune to extracurricular publicity.
Pop Rocks – Justin Timberlake: for evolving from a pretty-faced boy-bander into a superstar who can do no wrong wearing classic suits, a tie and sneakers.
Beats Ahead – Timbaland: for being ahead of the curve with his fashion sense and working syncopated magic on everyone from Bjork to Madonna.
High-Low Queen – Vera Wang: for being the first designer to ink an ongoing deal with Kohl’s to carry her new label, Simply Vera Vera Wang, for budget conscious consumers.
Revolving Door – Lily Allen, the Misshapes, Amy Winehouse and Kate Nash: for being famous for a mere nanosecond each and influencing fashion for about 5 minutes.
Top Gun – Mickey Drexler: for bringing J. Crew to the top with his passion, gut instinct and strong day-to-day presence.
Partners in Power – Marc Jacobs & Robert Duffy: for bringing Marc Jacobs brand to the top despite major obstacles including failed financial backing and Jacob’s battle with substance abuse.
Net Effect – Natalie Massenet: for creating the luxury shopping site Net-a-porter.com where women can have whatever they want overnight.
Forever Chic – The Seventies: for providing the legacy of narrow silhouettes and goddess gowns that remain wearable today.
Mass Marketing – The Oscars: for increasing designer-brand awareness exponentially around the globe.
Green Goddess – Linda Loudermilk: for pioneering the concept of environmentally conscious fashion.
Celluloid Style – Wes Anderson: for being the writer-director who depicts his curious vision through meticulously stylized worlds including Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums.
Franco Fabulous – Nicolas Ghesquiere: for turning Balenciaga from a sleepy couture name into an electrifying luxury brand for the modern age.
New Romantics – Kate & Laura Mulleavy: for successfully launching the romantic Rodarte collection rather than following the safety-first business strategy of designing commercial sportswear.
London Calling – Giles Deacon: for building a flourishing London-based fashion business in a country without the money or manufacturing facilities to help nurture it.
Doctor Beautiful – Patricia Wexler: for managing to stay a few steps ahead of every doctor in New York while wearing four-inch Yves Saint Laurent platforms.
Smilemakers – Lituchy & Lowenberg: for crafting the beautiful and natural looking smiles of such beauties as Heidi Klum and Gisele Bundchen.
Hair and Now – Orlando Pita: for being the hair genius sans-attitude that sets the standard.
Eastern Bloc Party – Grace Models: for finding the next generation of super models who have stampeded out of Eastern Europe and onto fashion runways.
Legally Chic – Elizabeth Q. Pearce: for being the attorney who oversees countless negotiations with top brands including Chloe, Derek Lam and Tod’s.
Indie-Spirit – Dries Van Noten: for building his self-financed brand completely on his own terms.
Cleansing Lady – Jill Pettijohn: for introducing the trend of body cleansing – drinking little and eating nothing – among the chic and famous.
Group Effort – Glastonbury Festival: for being the festival that clings to nothing else but music.
The New Nouveaux – Russia: for its wealth and the explosive long-dormant acquisitiveness of its nouveau-riche population.
Please credit the October issue of W for the above. For additional information or to schedule an interview with a W editor, please contact Engelman & Co. at 212.645.9222. Thank you.