New Zealand Fashion Stars Amongst World’s Most Influential

Three New Zealanders have made this year’s Business of Fashion 500 list, a professional index of the people shaping the global fashion industry, based on nominations. They are: editor-at-large Tim Blanks (pictured), fashion designer Karen Walker and makeup artist Aaron de Mey.

The trio is included alongside the likes of Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang and Kate Moss on a list which identifies the top 500 most influential in the fashion world from designers and models through to photographers and bloggers.

Based in the UK, Blanks is also’s principal show reporter. He has written for the industry’s most significant titles, including Vogue, GQ, the Financial Times, Interview, Fantastic Man and Arena Homme Plus.

Blanks’ preeminent position in fashion journalism was recognised at the 2013 CFDA Awards, where he was awarded the Media Award in honour of Eugenia Sheppard, the premier industry award for fashion journalism.

Walker, who celebrates 10 years of eyewear production this month, said: “It is really thrilling, it’s just an honour. Because [the Business of Fashion] is a really important voice in the industry. And to be one of only 112 designers, and on a list with people like Karl Lagerfeld, it’s a little surreal, actually.”

Original article by Business of Fashion, October 2014.

Photo by Roger Deckker for Fantastic Man.

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