The 10 Most Influential Designers of the Decade

The 10 Most Influential Designers of the Decade

The decade that stretches from 2010 to 2019 brought about some of the largest shifts in fashion we’ve ever seen, culminating in the full realization of concepts that had been set in motion over previous years. Perhaps the greatest shift was the fact that streetwear and luxury fashion finally co-mingled in ways that had never been accomplished before; within 10 years, every luxury label was looking to create the next big sneaker silhouette while streetwear labels were graduating to the runway.

When the 2010s began, many fashion houses were barely concerned with menswear offerings. Instead, men were offered buzzy brands that upgraded tailoring, often with youthful sportswear or blue collar touches, accessible retooled heritage and designers with uncompromising visions, albeit visions that didn’t make for appropriate officewear. Still, from humble beginnings came the movements that eventually unspooled the stiff confines of men’s clothing.

Though the ‘00s saw some early dabbling, menswear’s boundaries were too firm to be fully challenged. Consider New York’s Cloak, an early 2000s effort that was revelatory at the time (Tim Blanks described co-designer Alexandre Plokhov as an outsider in 2006), but now looks comparatively tame. These were the baby steps that guided menswear’s growth; from the workwear boom of the late ‘00s/early ’10s to early stabs at codifying what would become athleisure, this was the decade that shaped what menswear will become in the ensuing years.

The listed designers were key in subverting not only menswear norms, but also transforming industry and cultural expectations as a whole. Though there is a lack of women and people of color, the fashion industry’s glass ceiling is finally showing some signs of giving way.

50 Comments

  1. UHsaubfsuabcvusat iugyksgufyasf on January 27, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    where is maison dafuq



  2. swdhy on January 27, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    where tf is NIGO?



  3. silent keeper on January 27, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    WOW only in a free world. What about the woman of Afghanistan can they show your fashion. KEEP Biden see what happens next….



  4. Oliver Kuzma on January 27, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Where’s Shayne Oliver???



  5. Abdullah Kili on January 27, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    Jerry Lorenzo?



  6. WhenInROME on January 27, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    Ye and Virgil over Rick



  7. MCS on January 27, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    Kim Jones?



  8. Die Punk !!! on January 27, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    Where’s Ian Connor



  9. Marko Beasley on January 27, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    Rip da broaa



  10. Robert Dinex on January 27, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    Most interested



  11. davidstingleiscool on January 27, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    just gonna skip how jerry lorenzo made his own “jerry boy” kinda club of people just copying him



  12. T B on January 27, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Virgil, back in 2012 you designed garments so i could elevate my stuntin’ level to " untouchable "

    RIP Mr Abloh



  13. Omar Muhnna on January 27, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    What about YOHJI YAMMAMOTO



  14. Cash OverClout on January 27, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Jerry Lorenzo? Kim jones?



  15. goodgfazos on January 27, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Where tf Jeremy Scott



  16. FAMOSA SEA on January 27, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Woah where the fck is gosha, he was fcking influencial with his Eastern bloc aesthetic which swept the whole fashion industry.



  17. 13 Cosmos on January 27, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    How is jerry Lorenzo not on here



  18. PN MG on January 27, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    No Pharrell mention?



  19. uchihatibz on January 27, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Kanye influential Designer ? 😆😆😆😆😆😆😆



  20. HYPEBEAST on January 27, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Who would be on your list of the 10 most influential designers of the decade?



  21. Jacob Boudreau on January 27, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Jerry lorenzo



  22. ahmed fox on January 27, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    ستيل جديد



  23. Darien Jamal on January 27, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    2030 I will be on this list



  24. Yassir A on January 27, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    kanye west dont have his place here 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️ i dont know why they are hiring him 🤔🤔



  25. Thanduxolo Nelisiwe on January 27, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    Who has kanye west influenced? What new innovation did he bring to fashion? There’s a diff between popular and influential.



  26. Shivang Singh on January 27, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    RIP ABLOH 🙏🏼😞



  27. Justin Zuleta on January 27, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Virgil doesn’t belong on this list.



  28. titil beldia on January 27, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    kanye really shoes only not the wear



  29. Danny3333333333 on January 27, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Now a bag of toilet paper is worth more like any of these.



  30. kossovaar01 on January 27, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    you mix up design and sell out; Walter van Beirendonck is more influential than copy cats like Abloh and West, as they formed Demna Gvasalia or Craig Green… you also forget JW Anderson, Marine Serre…. it s not the $$$ that count in true art and innovation…



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  32. One Me In Myself on January 27, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    So interesting 😍



  33. Rusty D on January 27, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Virgil didn’t influence no one he stole designs..



  34. Gabriel Carnero on January 27, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Kanye west is not a fashion iconic



  35. Lizzie but diff on January 27, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Their brands is overpriced fast fashion.



  36. Grzy Ruth on January 27, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Stump Beef is still my fav designer, too bad the brand doesn’t exist anymore 🙁



  37. Future Billionaire on January 27, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Virgil Abloh did a great job



  38. can't bleed now on January 27, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Kanye ?? Seriously?



  39. Juliet Keily on January 27, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    I recently just started investing in bitcoin when I learnt it was $60000 through the help of Luiz and just an hour ago I got a profit of $9000 into my wallet



  40. od9 on January 27, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    I wanted kiko kostadinov on here



  41. Hakim on January 27, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    Clothing makers are super !!!! When they dont fall apart



  42. jno1lilno on January 27, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Drop ya insta @j.sweat 👇🏽 f4f



  43. łoud on January 27, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    please drop instrumental links🙏



  44. Rusty D on January 27, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Virgil a fraud



  45. jonnyfendi2003 on January 27, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    who are the idiots on here saying Jerry Lorenzo?



  46. Kachi Onyekuru on January 27, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Will never ever understand why people sucked and continue to suck rick owens dick



  47. sabri osman on January 27, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Olivier Rousteing????



  48. anti - matter on January 27, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Rei should not be 1st place wtf



  49. Andrei Tabacaru on January 27, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Ye is the most influential designer of the decade by far. Yeezys revolutionized fashion and brought so many people into it it’s insane, myself included



  50. Junito Punto Comm on January 27, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Where’s J-Lo ??