Monday, March 16, 2015

A Definitive Ranking of Fashion Month's Most Powerful Front Rows

A Definitive Ranking of Fashion Month's Most Powerful Front Rows:

Michelle Williams, Jennifer Connelly and Fan Bing Bing at Louis Vuitton. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Michelle Williams, Jennifer Connelly and Fan Bing Bing at Louis Vuitton. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
There's a certain amount of power associated with a fashion designer's ability to fill his or her front row with A-listers during fashion week. Whether it's because said designer has the cash to cut folks like Rihanna, Katy Perry or Alexa Chung a sizable check for attending the show, or because he has friends and/or muses in very high places, there's no better way to build buzz about your brand.

During the fall 2015 season, we spotted some huge stars at the shows — some were unexpected, like Selena Gomez at Louis Vuitton and Lorde at Dior, while others were literally unavoidable, namely the social media powerhouse that is the Kardashian/Jenner/West clan, which tweeted its way through the month. (Although, with millions of followers apiece, there's no surprise that the clan was invited to see so many collections in the first place.)

Now that Fashion Month has come to a close, we decided to put together a definitive ranking of the most influential front rows of the season, all of which have an impressive amount of star power — from supermodels to chart-topping singers and everything in between. (In fact, one designer was able to wrangle almost all of Hollywood's top talent by hosting his show in Los Angeles the weekend of the Academy Awards. That took balls, but it was also pure marketing genius.)

Read on to see our list of fall 2015's most powerful front rows, listed in descending order.

12. Topshop Unique

Harley Viera-Newton, Emily Ratajkowski, Ellie Goulding, Daisy Lowe and Alexa Chung. Photo: David M. Benett/Getty Images
Harley Viera-Newton, Emily Ratajkowski, Ellie Goulding, Daisy Lowe and Alexa Chung. Photo: David M. Benett/Getty Images
Where: London.

Who: Emily Ratajkowski, Alexa Chung, Ellie Goulding, Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner, Daisy Lowe.

11. Michael Kors

Kate Hudson and Allison Williams. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
Kate Hudson and Allison Williams. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
Where: New York.

Who: Kate Hudson, Allison Williams, Lily Aldridge, Olivia Palermo, Poppy Delevingne.

10. Alexander Wang

Kim Kardashian, North West, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj. Photo: Craig Barritt/Getty Images
Kim Kardashian, North West, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj. Photo: Craig Barritt/Getty Images
Where: New York.

Who: Nicki Minaj, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, North West, Brooke Candy, Natasha Lyonne, Zoë Kravitz.

9. Zac Posen

Uzo Aduba, Katie Holmes, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna. Photo: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images
Uzo Aduba, Katie Holmes, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna. Photo: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images
Where: New York.

Who: Rihanna, Katie Holmes, Christina Hendricks, Coco Rocha, Mary J. Blige, Uzo Aduba.

8. Oscar de la Renta

Where: New York.

Who: Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift — just days after their joint Vogue cover was released.

7. Miu Miu

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Where: Paris.

Who: Renée Zellweger, Imogen Poots, Léa Seydoux, Mia Goth, Brie Larson, Miranda July, Odeya Rush.

6. Dior

Aymeline Valade, Hailee Steinfeld, Lorde. Photo: Rindoff/Dufour/Getty Images
Aymeline Valade, Hailee Steinfeld, Lorde. Photo: Rindoff/Dufour/Getty Images
Where: Paris.

Who: Dakota Johnson, Lorde, Kanye West, Hailee Steinfeld, Aymeline Valade, Camille Rowe, Laetitia Casta.

5. Givenchy

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Where: Paris.

Who: Katy Perry, Jessica Chastain, Amanda Seyfried, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West.

4. Louis Vuitton

Dianna Agron, Chloe Grace Moretz and Selena Gomez. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Dianna Agron, Chloe Grace Moretz and Selena Gomez. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Where: Paris.

Who: Michelle Williams, Jennifer Connelly, Dianna Agron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Catherine Deneuve.

3. Burberry

Sam Smith, Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Kate Moss, Mario Testino and Naomi Campbell. Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images
Sam Smith, Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Kate Moss, Mario Testino and Naomi Campbell. Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images
Where: London.

Who: Lily Donaldson, Sam Smith, Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss, Jourdan Dunn, Naomi Campbell, Mario Testino.

2. Kanye West for Adidas Originals 

Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, North West, Anna Wintour and Virginia Smith. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, North West, Anna Wintour and Virginia Smith. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
Where: New York.

Who: Sean "Diddy" Combs, Rihanna, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Alexander Wang, Anna Wintour, Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Hailey Baldwin, Kendall Jenner.

1. Tom Ford

Jennifer Lopez, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Romain Dauriac, Scarlet Johansson, Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo. Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images
Jennifer Lopez, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Romain Dauriac, Scarlet Johansson, Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo. Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images
Where: Los Angeles (conveniently, the same weekend as the Oscars).

Who: Jay Z, Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Olsen, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Amy Adams  — the list goes on.



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