5 Style Influencers on the Rise


Some fashion icons rocket into the public consciousness and others burn slowly, quietly influencing what the women and men around them chose to pick up and put on. The list we've assembled is more of the latter: Accomplished, impressive women who are impacting their various fields with a sartorial side-effect that's at the outset of its power. Here, ballerinas, artists, and more on the brink of style muse'dom—prepare to update your Instagram feed. The stat: Painter, illustrator, and textile artist with a focus on the female form. The style: Brooklyn-meets-the-art-world, with lots of all-black ensembles and retro-inspired pieces that look plucked from the borough's most expertly curated vintage shop. The story: Engstrom's quirky, thought-provoking artwork and understatedly cool fashion sense have won her a cult following on social media—both mix in her work too. "I like working on clothing as much as I like painting," she says. "With t-shirts and accessories I'm able to reach a wider audience. Through them both I'm hoping to help women boost their confidence." Indeed for Engstrom, a sometimes-model, fashion and art go hand-in-hand: "My style is an extension of my personality." Instagram The stat: Twin sisters behind Ibeyi, fusing Yoruba, French, and Afro-Cuban influences. The style: A shared penchant for bold patterns, strong silhouettes, and layered long necklaces. The story: Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz have caught the ear of music and fashion notables alike, appearing in Beyonce's "Lemonade" video and playing at...

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