LONDON, United Kingdom — It was a snapshot of fashion's power players in 2016. Natalie Massenet was there. So was Kate Moss. So was Elizabeth Saltzman. Tory Burch came with her partner Pierre-Yves Roussel, chairman and chief executive officer of the LVMH fashion group, while Tokyo power couple Verbal and Yoon flew in from Japan.
Jonathan Anderson, Mary Katrantzou and Erdem Moralioglu, who had presented their most recent collections at London Fashion Week just days (or hours) earlier, joined power editors Stefano Tonchi, Jefferson Hack and Alexandra Shulman, as well as Condé Nast International chairman and chief executive Jonathan Newhouse. Rising models Taylor Hill, Lineisy Monteiro and Adwoa Aboah mixed with Comme des Garçons president Adrian Joffe, who came with wunderkind Russian streetwear designer Gosha Rubchinsky. And sprinkled around the room were also Caroline Issa, Virgil Abloh, Alexa Chung, Charlotte Dellal, Nicholas Kirkwood, Anya Hindmarch, Palace founder Lev Tanju and Derek Blasberg, who slipped in late. Will.i.am, who has been doing the rounds at fashion week, was also there.
Altogether, the room was filled with a powerful pack brought together at Jason Atherton’s cavernous Berners Tavern at the London Edition Hotel by The Business of Fashion founder and editor-in-chief Imran Amed for a gala dinner to celebrate the Fourth Annual BoF 500, the definitive list of the most important people shaping the global fashion industry. Many of the guests were in the midst of a gruelling month-long circuit of the world’s four main fashion capitals for the Spring/Summer 2017 women’s shows, but the vibe was energetic and communal.
"This is now the fourth year we have celebrated the BoF 500 and each year I'm amazed by the incredible energy in the room when you have so many people who are so talented from all over the world," said Amed in his speech to guests. "There are people from Tokyo, from St Petersburg, from Colombia and Italy and France, there are people here from 27 different countries in the world. For me that's testament to the global nature of our industry and the interconnectedness that all of us share. We've been working for the past year with a partner called QIC Global Real Estate and they are the ones that make this dinner possible so I'd like to thank them because they've been an amazing partner for us."
The fourth annual BoF 500 will be unveiled on October 4th, along with The Business of Fashion’s latest special print edition, featuring cover star Kate Moss who spoke exclusively to BoF about building her own talent agency and expanding her lifestyle brand, in what was her first ever business interview, accompanied by exclusive imagery shot by Nikolai von Bismarck. The special edition also features interviews with Tory Burch on her ambitious new activewear venture and Uniqlo boss Tadashi Yanai on the 23 management principles that enabled him to turn a single men’s tailoring store into a casualwear giant turning over more than $15 billion per year. Pre-order your special print issue now at shop.businessoffashion.com.