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Fast Fashion and the Furious

Paul Surridge, previously the creative director of Roberto Cavalli.
Paul Surridge, erstwhile creative director of Roberto Cavalli. Photo: WWD/Penske Media via Getty Images
Lauren Sherman
April 3, 2023

Vanessa Traina, who’s sort of the queen of old-lady chic reimagined for a young woman, has had a big influence on many American designers working today. (She was also the fashion director of an impactful, if short-lived, e-commerce site called The Line, but that’s a story for another time.) And she’s an example of how styling has become a massive business during the past 15, 20 years. Especially on the celebrity side. Many stylists have become stars in their own right, starting in the mid-aughts with Rachel Zoe, who paved the way for people like Karla Welch and Law Roach today. Kate Young and Elizabeth Stewart have been doing it forever and remain at the top of the totem pole in terms of clientele starpower and also being in the good graces of brands.