Artforum publisher Knight Landesman; collector, creative director, and television host China Chow; and artist Aaron Young.
From a couture-clad curator and colorful publisher to a Coogi-collecting artist and a been-there-shot-that fashion photographer, these are their own muse, master, and masterpiece. Their unique signature style is revered and imitated the world over, whether on a red carpet or gallery wall — and they always know who the It-designers are, sometimes before anyone else. They’re the rock stars Is it any wonder why the worlds of art and fashion get along so well?
Easily transitioning from uptown swank to downtown grit, Aaron Young is a sartorial chameleon. The handsome artist exploded onto the scene this year, rip-roaring across social pages as if gunning one of his famous motorcycles.
Artforum publisher Knight Landesman’s colorful suits lend an air of whimsy in a crowd that can sometimes take itself too seriously.
With her angular crop and minimal-meets-sporty style, Fatima Al Qadiri dresses for the future. It’s a look as fresh as her musical mash-ups.
With an equally daunting name and title—Vogue’s Style Editor at Large—TNT stands out more than most. Then there’s her penchant for Miu Miu, Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung, and Proenza Schouler.
Fashion photographer extraordinaire Mario Testino had a big 2012, with the opening of his MATE Asociación Foundation in his native Peru. The gregarious lensman blends sharp tailoring with a casual vibe.
Gallerist Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn has a wardrobe as chicly curated as her Salon 94 Gallery, and she’s not afraid of ambitious pieces by the likes of Rodarte and Rick Owens.
For four decades Gilbert Proesch and George Passmore have been paragons of British style in their coordinated tweeds and sharply tailored suits.
When the Art Production Fund co-founder worked on the Gucci for the Guggenheim project in 1998, the Italian fashion house gave her the keys to their closet. Since then Villareal has been a major force in fashion and art mash-ups, like pairing Prada with Elmgreen and Dragset for their Marfa installation.
Whether acting as muse to artist Richard Phillips or hosting the now-defunct reality show “Work of Art,” Chow always manages to wear ensembles fit for gallery walls, such as a Miu Miu frock with the bright colors and bold shapes of an Ellsworth Kelly painting.