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13 Sep

What the Most Powerful Women in Fashion Want

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WWD, Footwear News and Beauty Inc asked this yr’s 50 strongest women in fashion, beauty, retail and accessories: “For those who could have any power on the planet, what would it not be?”

Listed here are their answers.

Shannon Abloh

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Shannon Abloh, chief executive officer and managing director, Virgil Abloh Securities

“In fact, I wish I had the facility to bring Virgil back. Other than that, I hope for the facility to honor Virgil’s life in one of the simplest ways possible, to make sure his impact as a groundbreaking designer and his legacy of creativity, leadership and generosity live to tell the tale for generations to return. I wish for the facility to bring together a community that builds on the inspiration Virgil laid for championing equality in art, design and all of the spaces he cared a lot about.”

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

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Jessica Alba, founder, The Honest Co.

“If I could have any super power, it might be to infuse compassion and empathy in everyone that I come into contact with, granting them this gift because the lens through which they experience the world.”

Delphine Bellini

Delphine Bellini

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Delphine Bellini, CEO, Schiaparelli

“I’d implement recent global politics in favor of the education of youngsters and adolescents in every single place on the planet. Education is a strong driver for change. It contributes not only to improving people’s health and livelihoods, but in addition to social stability, while stimulating long-term economic growth. It is usually essential to achieving the conditions for the sustainable development of our planet. Access for all to quality education would create virtuous circles to alter the world and find solutions to the planet’s most pressing problems. Investing in education needs to be a world priority.”

Heidi Bivens

Heidi Bivens

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Heidi Bivens, costume designer

“If I could have one superpower it might be to reverse climate change.”

Kristina Blahnik

Kristina Blahnik

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Kristina Blahnik, CEO, Manolo Blahnik Ltd.

“To freeze time! To think, reflect, catch up and restart. To teleport between places to regain human connection and avoid Zoom/Teams.”

Joann Cheng

Joann Cheng

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Joann Cheng, chairman and CEO, Lanvin Group

“For the reason that starting of my profession, I desired to challenge myself, undertake groundbreaking projects and explore recent ideas. If someday I used to be given one power on this world, I’d wish to have the opportunity to drive change by innovation to not less than one a part of the industry or the world. Today greater than ever, innovation plays such a crucial role in changing our lives. And there’s much one can do in the style industry.”

Sun Choe

Sun Choe

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Sun Choe, chief product officer, Lululemon Athletica Inc.

“If I could have any power on the planet, it might be the facility to cure illnesses and take away pain, so everyone could live freed from suffering and disease, and revel in life to the fullest. Life is brief, and I feel it needs to be enjoyed and celebrated as much as possible!”

Sandra Choi

Sandra Choi

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Sandra Choi, creative director, Jimmy Choo

“To return in time and be a time traveler. Because I’m curious and need to know and experience all the things. Imagine being a fly on the wall when Da Vinci began drawing an airplane. What inspired the good creators of our past? I’m wondering.”

Joanne Crevoiserat

Joanne Crevoiserat

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Joanne Crevoiserat, CEO, Tapestry

“Creating more leadership opportunities for ladies. More women than ever are leading Fortune 500 corporations; nevertheless it remains to be below 10 percent, and an excellent smaller percentage of ladies of color are in these roles. My hope could be to enable greater movement for ladies into the chief suite and on the board level to diversify perspectives across corporate leadership. This requires constructing a stronger pipeline of talent, which incorporates a commitment to investing in training, specializing in roles with P&L responsibility for ladies, increasing mobility to create opportunity and learning and profession mentorship. There is just not a fast or easy solution. At Tapestry, we concentrate on constructing our pipeline by retaining our talent, encouraging smart risk taking, making a sense of ownership and equity, and enabling profession mobility.” 

Brandice Daniel

Brandice Daniel

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Brandice Daniel, CEO, Harlem’s Fashion Row  

“If I can have any superpower, it might be to offer designers of color with all the things they should succeed. It will be to rewrite history to incorporate the complete contributions of Black people in America. If the style community understood the contributions of individuals like Elizabeth Keckley, Los Alexander Lane and Jay Jaxon, we could be in a a lot better place as an industry. It will be to reverse global warming. It will be to create unity on the planet.”

Marie-Claire Daveu

Marie-Claire Daveu

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Marie-Claire Daveu, chief sustainability and institutional affairs officer, Kering 

“I’d select telepathy. To guide people and our nations to make difference selections and live inside our planetary boundaries, to preserve our resources for the long run. I’d go a step further too and make sure the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are fully enforced. We have now to avoid wasting our planet and we will see how difficult it’s to cooperate worldwide, especially at the best pace and with the best commitments. I’d use my superpower to reverse the trajectory we’re on and while I dream of this ability, I’ll proceed to make use of the influence I do need to involve an increasing number of people on these urgent issues, each worldwide and in the style industry.”

Nathalie Dufour

Nathalie Dufour

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Nathalie Dufour, managing director, ANDAM

“I’ll harmonize the regenerative capacities of the biosphere with the needs of humanity in order that the natural capital underlying life on earth is not any longer impoverished. That the respect and the great management of the resources of our planet turn into an economic model.”

Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix

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Allyson Felix, Olympian, cofounder, Saysh

”I would love the facility to teleport — at times it feels hard to do all of it, but with the ability to leave a contest in London, head to a board meeting in Recent York, and see [my daughter] Cammy off to highschool could be pretty incredible.”

Jennifer Foyle

Jennifer Foyle

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Jennifer Foyle, president and executive creative director of the AE, Aerie and Unsubscribed brands, American Eagle Outfitters

“To share the facility of REAL TRUTH with everyone…because everyone should feel good in their very own skin.”

Nyakio Grieco

Nyakio Grieco

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Nyakio Grieco, cofounder, Thirteen Lune

“If I could have any power on the planet, it might be to create a level playing field for all that’s as equitable as humanly possible.”

Catherine Holstein

Catherine Holstein

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Catherine Holstein, founder and inventive director, Khaite

“To freeze time.”

Jenna Johnson

Jenna Johnson

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Jenna Johnson, president, Patagonia Inc. 

“Hmm, I’d like Elsa of Arendelle’s power to chill things down a bit, and ensure a livable planet for my daughters.”

Jenni Kayne

Jenni Kayne

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Jenni Kayne, designer

“I’d love the facility to pause time and have unlimited hours within the day. Between work, my family, and all the things in between, I feel like I’m at all times running from one thing to the subsequent. The facility to easily hit pause and decelerate could be incredible, even when it’s simply to take a while for myself.”

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss

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Karlie Kloss, model, founder, Kode with Klossy

“The facility to offer every young woman the boldness to pursue their dreams and realize their full potential.”

Lizzo

Lizzo

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Lizzo, singer/founder, Yitty

“If I could have any power it might be to destroy systemic racism— I’d literally fly into the Structure and redesign the laws to guard ALL people… I’d redistribute wealth and privilege so my people wouldn’t need to suffer. I’d destroy food deserts and nourish the hungry.”

Nili Lotan

Nili Lotan

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Nili Lotan, founder, creative director, CEO, Nili Lotan:

“To heal people.”

Lalisa Manobal

Lalisa Manobal

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Lalisa Manobal, Blackpink

“I hope to be the form of one who gives off ‘positive energy.’ So if I were to have any power on the planet, I would like to have the opportunity to make those that come by my side smile.”

Tracy Margolies

Tracy Margolies

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Tracy Margolies, chief merchandising officer, Saks: 

“As a girl leader and single mother by selection, I hope to reveal that you simply don’t need to sacrifice your personal life in your profession. Moreover, I would like to set an example for ladies to feel confident working their solution to the highest. Lives can take all different shapes and forms. I hope to encourage women to embrace their independence and empower them to make the alternatives which can be right for them. Yet, nobody is bionic. Lean on those around you — a support system is a serious key to success — whatever which will appear to be for you.”

Sherri McMullen

Sherri McMullen

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Sherri McMullen, founder and CEO, McMullen

“The facility to amplify the voices and stories of minority communities and people in must foster more empathy and compassion, due to this fact making a more equitable playing field.”

Nicola Mendelsohn

Nicola Mendelsohn

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Nicola Mendelsohn, vp global business, Meta

“Given my foundation is trying to cure Follicular Lymphoma…I’m going to say the facility to heal.”

Séverine Merle

Séverine Merle

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Séverine Merle, CEO, Celine

“I don’t really consider in super powers. Personally, I feel in education, giving equal opportunities, to make things shift at a person level to enable a world impact.”

Kimberly Lee Minor

Kimberly Lee Minor

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Kimberly Lee Minor, president and chief industrial officer, Bandier

“My power could be to eradicate all the ‘isms’ that small-minded people have erected out of ignorance and fear of losing control.”

Natalia Modenova

Natalia Modenova

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Natalia Modenova, cofounder, DressX

“I would love to have a superpower that will help people to be at all times healthy, because “a healthy person has one million desires and a sick person has only one. With that being said, it might be necessary that individuals understand one another higher and due to this fact – not judge and never fight, use their words and communication as a substitute of violence. Health in peace is a virtue.”

Elizabeth A. Morrison

Elizabeth A. Morrison

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Elizabeth A. Morrison, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, Levi Strauss & Co.

“The power to eliminate bias — in myself and others.”

Sue Y. Nabi

Sue Y. Nabi

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Sue Y. Nabi, CEO, Coty Inc. 

“Nelson Mandela said that education can change the world. By extension, knowledge can change the world. It’s the only genuinely achievable super power. It gives confidence, results in motion and freedom. At Coty, we consider that science is the driving force behind our transformation and that of our products. The worth of brands and products is greater than ever in sync with the quantity of data injected. And the more informed our consumers are about products, the higher decisions they are going to have the opportunity to make. Knowledge also brings responsibility, humility and empathy. It’s what’s going to assist us live more sustainably and ultimately preserve the planet. What may very well be more powerful?” 

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow

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Gwyneth Paltrow, founder and CEO, Goop

“If I could have any power on the planet, it might be to eliminate shame. I take into consideration this often, especially because once we make probably the most noise at Goop, it’s a response to something we don’t even expect — persons are just shocked that we’ve got certain conversations so openly. And the way often is shame used to maintain women silent and uphold the patriarchy, to maintain all of us from being fully ourselves? I don’t know — I believe it might be pretty cool to wave a magic wand (or something less dorky) and take all that away. The choice, in my experience, is a lot of therapy.”

Christiane Pendarvis

Christiane Pendarvis

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Christiane Pendarvis, copresident and chief merchandising and design officer, Savage x Fenty

“Women and young girls are consistently bombarded with an unrealistic and manufactured standard of beauty that negatively impacts their self-esteem and self-worth. I’d love to alter that by having the facility to remodel how the style and wonder industry acknowledges, supports and celebrates the broadest expression of individual identity on a world scale. I fundamentally consider this industry has enormous power to positively impact how individuals see and love themselves. As an African-American woman, I personally know the facility of fashion and wonder, the enjoyment of finding a terrific pair of pants that matches my curvier shape or the elation of finding a foundation shade that exactly matches my skin tone. Inclusivity, self-expression and self-celebration are things we champion at Savage X Fenty and why I’m so obsessed with the work we’re doing as a brand. I would like to see this echoed throughout the industry, across all categories, inside every company and for all consumers no matter size, shape or shade. That’s my power wish.”

Vasiliki Petrou

Vasiliki Petrou

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Vasiliki Petrou, CEO, Unilever Prestige 

“If I could have any super power I’d select the facility to heal. To have the opportunity to remodel or heal people, business and society. I feel in making a positive impact in all the things I touch.“

Michelle Poole

Michelle Poole

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Michelle Poole, president, Crocs Inc.

“If I could have any superpower, it might be the flexibility to time travel. I’d like to spend time with a few of my ancestors from the previous few generations — there are some strong and charismatic women in my family tree I could be especially thrilled to fulfill. I’d not want, nevertheless, to make use of this power to enter the long run — I prefer to let life unfold in its own good time!”

Amira Rasool

Amira Rasool

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Amira Rasool, founder, The Folklore Group

“I would love the facility to finish homelessness and starvation. There’s no reason we should always live in a world with so many resources and folks go without the essential necessities of life.”

Deirdre Quinn

Deirdre Quinn

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Deirdre Quinn, cofounder and CEO, Lafayette 148 

“To read the mind of our customer, so we will higher serve her.”

Ditte Reffstrup

Ditte Reffstrup

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Ditte Reffstrup, creative director, Ganni

“Having the ability to create a very impact-free collection is the superpower I’d like to have. But we’re working on it!”

Traces Ellis Ross

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Tracee Ellis Ross

“Time travel — so I could stop racism and world hunger, put Black women in charge, and forestall myself from giving freely clothes I should’ve kept.” 

Jill Sando

Jill Sando

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Jill Sando, chief merchandising officer, Goal 

“If I could have any power on the planet, it might be to supply a never-ending flow of kindness, compassion and support, uniting and connecting us all.”

Marine Serre

Marine Serre

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Marine Serre, designer

“I would love to have the facility to hasten the speed to which society is taking steps towards preserving the environment and making a more meaningful future – in our solution to live, to act, to supply, and to devour.”

Daria Shapovalova

Daria Shapovalova

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Daria Shapovalova, cofounder, DressX

“I’d like to have any power that will help me to stop inequality and conflicts on the planet. This current war in Ukraine, my home country, really pushed me to think harder on how we will live on the planet without military conflicts, hate and the dearth of prosperity. So if I had a capability to decide on among the many set of powers, I actually don’t care what exactly it might be however it should lead me to the result I’ve mentioned.”

Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson

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Jessica Simpson, founder and CEO, Jessica Simpson Collection

“My superpower could be memorizing the encyclopedia, dictionary and thesaurus. Or one other superpower could be time travel to hold with my ancestors…possibly I’ve just watched an excessive amount of ‘Outlander.’”

Bonita Stewart

Bonita Stewart

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Bonita Stewart, vp global partnerships, Google

“The facility to heal the human heart from grief, disappointment and strife while bringing forth the enjoyment and brilliance of humanity across all races.”

Cami Tellez

Cami Tellez

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Cami Téllez, creative director and founder, Parade

“To pause or decelerate time — to get more done or relish within the moment more since a lot is at all times happening.”

Tracey Travis

Tracey Travis

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Tracey Travis, executive vp and chief financial office, the Estée Lauder Cos.

“The power to snap my fingers and make our society and workforce fully equitable. I would like the perfect world possible for my two daughters, and since this isn’t something that may occur overnight, I do my part every day as a mentor and sponsor for the women and future leaders around me.” 

Sarah Ziff

Sarah Ziff

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Sara Ziff, founder and executive director, the Model Alliance

”If I could have any power on the planet, it might be Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth to squeeze the corruption out of the style industry.”

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