New York Fashion Week is less than two months away, and all of us fashion junkies know what that means – fresh content on favorite street style blogs, such as Jak & Jil, Vanessa Jackman, and The Sartorialist. While a street style photographer will never discriminate against style, if you follow these blogs closely, you’ll notice there are some people who seem to pop up time and time again.
Today, we explore twelve of fashion’s most seen and heard of when it comes to the sidewalk catwalk with links to their blogs and Twitter so you can follow them and maybe get some inspiration of your own! See if you can spot these fashion industry faves when the bi-annual fashion Olympics start again.
1. Miroslava Duma
Quite possibly the most powerful player in the so-called Russian fashion pack, Miroslava Duma started her career as an editor for Harper’s Bazaar Russia but left to freelance as her work was not allowed to appear in other magazines. She now edits a fashion and style website called Buro 24/7, however, in Duma’s case, what she does is practically irrelevant next to what she wears. Perhaps one of the most ostentatious fashion taste-makers of today, Duma is known for really rocking anything she so desires to wear, be it a bejeweled headpiece to a cut-out jumpsuit. She is, in the truest sense of the word, a fashion icon, and many bloggers cite her as an inspiration.
—> Blog: Buro 24/7 Twitter: miraduma
2. Taylor Tomasi-Hill
Formally the Style and Accessories Director for Marie Claire, Taylor Tomasi-Hill is now the Artistic Director at Moda Operandi. However, her best known work is her fiery red hair and her personal style. A self-proclaimed clothing chameleon, she mixes and matches prints seamlessly, and of course, never shys away from a statement accessory.
—> Twitter: TTomasiHill
3. Joanna Hillman
The Senior Fashion Market Editor at Harper’s Bazaar is known for a signature look – long, blonde hair and bright red lipstick. Aside from her makeup and hair, Joanna is a carries a strong presence at Fashion Week with a distinct personal style that often includes leopard, stripes, wayfarers, to-the-sky platforms and trousers. Her style is grown up and befitting a fashion editor. I personally love a girl who knows what she loves to wear.
—> Twitter: johillman
4. Candice Lake
Candice can be found both in front and behind the camera during fashion week, as a street style maven and street style photographer for Vogue.com UK. A former model, Candice was discovered at the age of 20 while studying law. She worked on campaigns for Ralph Lauren and Versus for Versace, to name a few, and walked in the runways of luxury fashion houses like Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Chanel. Candice has since called it quits to focus on photography, but still photographs like a model with every street style snap we see of her. And we see a lot – Vogue named her one of 2011’s most fashionable people, and that is no small feat.
—> Blog: Candice Lake, Twitter: CandiceLake
5. Hanneli Mustaparta
Another model turned street style photographer, Hanneli Mustaparta is known almost always as simply “Hanneli.” A darling of street style photographers and Tumblogs, she’s probably the most “seen” new face of street style icons, possessing a style that is chic and unique, at times experimental, but always grounded in classic fashion. Her chiseled cheekbones don’t hurt her outfits, either.
—> Blog: Hanneli, Twitter: hanelliM
6. Ada Kokosar
A wardrobe stylist behind many amazing editorial pieces, Ada’s work may be better known in the glossies than on her own body. The Russian stylist who some say looks like Chloe Seigny favors a 70s flair and signature colors such as camel and jewel tones. As a stylist, Ada knows her body, and I love how she always knows where she ought to cinch, tie, or scrunch to strategically make the right shape.
7. Preetma Singh
Hands down my favorite style icon, Preetma is the Associate Market Editor at Marie Claire, and just months ago she was the Fashion Assistant at Vogue. She is also a former Refinery29 intern…and that’s where her story starts. Pre-internship, Preetma had a steady job in law and wowed all of us by leaving it to work in fashion – starting from the bottom up. She was quickly recognized as possessing innate insane style, though one that’s a bit more edgy than the ladies mentioned above. She’s admitted to an affinity for 90s grunge and at times wears novelty sweaters, creepers, and wild prints. Really, she has a style all her own, and surely will stay steadfast in the fashion industry for years to come.
—> Blog: The Working Girl Esq, Twitter: workinggirlesq
8. Yasmine Sewell
Based out of Australia, Yasmine Sewell is that gorgeous lady with the curly bob who appears time and time again on street style blogs. Unlike many of the ladies on this list, she isn’t an editor or a photographer, and never has been. Yasmine is a trend forecaster, in addition to fashion retailer consultant for various fashion brands. She told the Sydney Morning Herald, “I just knew that I wanted to work in fashion. I tried in [Australia] but no one would hire me. I didn’t want to a stylist or a fashion editor." She embraces menswear with full force, and loves playful prints. She blogs regularly for Vogue.com UK and was named Young Australian of the year in 2012 for her contribution to fashion.
—> Twitter: yasminsewell
9. Elisa Nalin
I have to admit that when I found out that Elisa Nalin isn’t a fashion editor, I was extremely shocked. The Italian-born but Paris-based stylist has a strong personal style presence made up primarily of bold colors. Her style, though playful, speaks power. Prior to styling she studied classical art and worked as a designer for Costume National.
—> Tumblr Blog: Elisanalin, Twitter: ElisaNalin
10. Anna Del Russo
The most ostentatious fashion influencer in existance, Anna Del Russo is known for changing more than any other Fashion Week contender and for her strong liking for fascinators and other wild headwear. The editor of Vogue Japan recently admitted to the Telegraph that if she does not get photographed she will be miserable.
—> Blog: Anna Dello Russo, Twitter: annadellorusso
11. Ulyana Sergeenko
Wife of an insurance billionaire, a former model, and now an up-and-coming designer, Ulyana Sergeenko is another part of the highly visible Russian fashion pack. Though originally gaining popularity for being a very well-dressed runway customer, Sergeenko has moved to forefront of the pack with Duma, and just one year after starting her line in Moscow, will be having a show in Paris.
—> Tumblr Blog: Ulyana Sergeenko, Twitter: ulyanasergeenko
12. Michelle Harper
You’ve seen Michelle Harper. How could you not? She’s a brand consultant, she’s been called simply a socialite, but above all, she’s a character. Her avant garde style commands attention, and we assume that it isn’t by accident. Her love for wacky wear doesn’t quite match Anna Del Russo’s, but who knows what she’ll be like by the time she’s 49. I have to admit, I love seeing her cast between multiple street style photographers at once. Having seen her in person, I can confirm that it is theatrical and impressive to watch this woman vogue.
—> Tumblr Blog: michelleviolyharper, Twitter: MichelleVioly
Who are your favorite street style mavens? And what are your favorite blogs to go to for fashion week street style snaps? Let us know in the comments!