The front row of Fashion Week is no longer the home of high powered fashion editors and A-list celebrities. These exclusive seats are now reserved for a new crowd: millennials. With more brands jumping onto the bandwagon of catering to the industry’s youngest in-crowd, it’s a good time to get to know some of the fashion world’s brightest new stars.
Tavi Gevinson, 20 @tavitulle
The eclectic founder and current editor-in-chief of Rookie Magazine has been a style influencer since the tender age of 12. On her fashion blog, Style Rookie, she documented her unique outfits and made impressive commentary on current happenings in the fashion industry. While her style has evolved since she first found herself in the spotlight, her vintage twists on modern trends and her affinity for funky prints and peculiar accessories has remained the same. If that’s not enough of an excuse to follow her, she’s currently a sophomore studying at Gallatin.
Lily-Rose Depp, 17 @lilyrose_depp
This up-and-coming model, actress and child of actor Johnny Depp and model Vanessa Paradis has already closed the Chanel Haute Couture runway show in the early stages of her career, and she’s showing no signs of slowing down. Her model-off-duty style is unlike no other as she mixes the unexpected, like grunge and glam or chic and casual, to create cohesive outfits. Her stylish spontaneity reflects her free spirit and adventurous personality and sends the positive message to wear whatever you like and stay true to yourself.
Zendaya Coleman, 20 @zendaya
As a singer, dancer and actress, it’s fair to say that Zendaya is a triple threat. She also has ample experience navigating the fashion scene by dabbling in modelling, recently appearing in the Dolce & Gabbana advertisements and coming out with her own clothing line, Daya by Zendaya. Zendaya admits to taking pride in the fact that she’s bold in her fashion choices, often taking risks and thinking outside the box. Rules don’t really apply to her, so expect to see her serve looks that no one else would attempt to wear.
Rowan Blanchard, 15 @rowanblanchard
A talented actress and an outspoken feminist and LGBTQ rights activist, Rowan Blanchard didn’t shy away from talking about the relationship between fashion and politics at NYFW. In addition to using her platform to spark conversation about issues she’s passionate about, Rowan has maintained her own unique fashion style. While she is drawn to experimental silhouettes and surprising color combinations, she enjoys switching it up every once in awhile.
Barbie Ferreira, 20 @barbienox
Barbie Ferreira has already taken over Instagram and has cemented her place as an influential model in the industry, but she’s just beginning her journey as an upcoming fashion phenomenon. Promoting body positivity is always a major part of Barbie’s agenda. She isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo by rocking pieces that she feels confident wearing and encourages her followers to dress for themselves and not for anyone else. By replicating Barbie’s polished and cutting-edge style, you’ll be the only person you’ll want to impress.
Millennials are the future of fashion, but they’re leading the path on their own terms. They are the first generation to shift the convenience and accessibility of marketing for the better through social media. This has inadvertently made designers and brands change the ways they interact with their customers online and offline to accommodate the demands of millennials. With this batch of daring individuals representing this generation, the future of fashion looks exciting.
A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Feb. 27 print edition.
Sherah Ndjongo is a staff writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.