Fashion in itself is an entire world and in each world you have kings and queens. I would like to dedicate this article to not only the actual royals of this world but also to the new “royals” of fashion. I classify them in three categories, celebrity system, model royalty and actual royals. I will not focus on designers here but rather on who represents fashions, the icons, why? Because they are the ones who connect the clothing/styles with the people.
Hate her or love her, in any case no one can discuss the influence and power of Ms Kim Kardashian West which is according to the times magazine the 20th most influential celebrity of 2014. From meaningless bimbo she became the most followed fashion Icon. The daughter of famous attorney Robert Kardashian was first friend with heiress Paris Hilton and then made a sex tape with her singer Jay-ray and then started the reality tv show Keeping up with the Kardashian. She now is at the head of a media, clothing retail and beauty empire. In 2014 she married singer Kanye West and her reputation of fashion icon started from that point on with close collaborations with Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy and Olivier Rousteing for Balmain. Kanye made a collection for Addidas that was presented at the N-Y fashion week in 2015. They are definitely the queen and king of fashion in the kingdom of Celebrity System.
The great era for what we called “The super models”, mainly the 90’s and 00’s are host of the most influential models that we ever had. Claudia Schiffer is the beautiful german stereotype of the ideal model, tall, blond and atypic. Smart and diverse in her work, she has moved from modelling to acting while doing voluntary work for UNICEF. She was one of Karl Lagerfeld’s favourite model. Naomi Campbell, or the black panther, is not only known for her bad character and diva attitude. She was the first african english model knowing such an important success in the fashion industry. She was the muse of Gianni Versace and photograph Mario Testino. When she left the modelling industry, she also converted to different activities and was lately starring in the new tv show Empire.
Kate Moss might be the most iconic model of all time. Discovered at the age of fourteen, she was known in the industry for being extremely thin and started the “trend” of being skinny. She basically worked with every important designer and was the face of many brands for diverse campaigns. She dated rockstar Pete Doherty and now is married to singer Jamie Hince. She is really active in philanthropy for different causes.
These three graces are what we could call the Model Royalty due to their influence over society and their fashion icons status. Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is well known for her great sense of style. At the beginning of her relationship with Prince William, her look resembled Diana’s in her time, really simple “girl next door” kind of outfit. But then as she got more and more official with the Prince, her style developed to a more sophisticated and elegant attitude. She made a really great impression when she decided to wear an Alexander McQueen drew at her wedding by Sarah Burton and at the same time support the english fashion craft. Even while being pregnant her sense of fashion was on top and made her look fabulous.
Queen Rania of Jordan is the perfect model of the modern queen. Her style is composed of high fashion pieces but also of regular, basic pieces which makes her image and herself more relatable to the people. She has been known for being one of the most stylish and influential Queen in the middle east. Very liberal, she has been involved for many years in the development of education and economy in countries in difficulty. She is the most followed royal on the social medias.