EDWARD ENNINFUL

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Chang­ing the fash­ion game as the first black edi­tor of Bri­tish Vogue, he is our Man of the Year

Spot­ted on a train in Lon­don at the age of 16 by stylist Si­mon Fox­ton, Ghana- born Edward Enninful was thrust into the fash­ion world. By 18, he was the fash­ion di­rec­tor of the apex of cool, i- D mag­a­zine, be­fore be­com­ing con­tribut­ing edi­tor of Ital­ian and Amer­i­can Vogue ( you can spot him in the 2009 doc­u­men­tary The Septem­ber Is­sue, pre­par­ing to present a rail of clothes to the monarch of all things fash­ion, Anna Win­tour, be­ing spurred on by the fiery- haired Grace Cod­ding­ton.)

His sub­se­quent ten­ure as fash­ion and style di­rec­tor at W mag­a­zine saw him cre­ate sub­lime cov­ers with pho­tog­ra­pher friends such as Steven Klein and Mert & Mar­cus, who have reached equally dizzy heights in the fash­ion in­dus­try.

The word “iconic” is of­ten care­lessly thrown about, but the magic that

Edward cre­ates is just that. Whether it’s Nicki Mi­naj dressed as an 18th- cen­tury cour­te­san, Kate Moss as a nun or, more re­cently, Ri­hanna swathed in fl ow­ers, his edi­to­ri­als are al­ways memorable.

His lat­est po­si­tion, at the helm of Bri­tish Vogue, con­tin­ues his in­cred­i­ble suc­cess story. He’s al­ready given us un­for­get­table cov­ers with Oprah and Ri­hanna, and he’s brought wom­enswear heavy­weights Naomi Campbell, Grace Cod­ding­ton and Kate Moss on board as con­tribut­ing ed­i­tors. Show­ing the scope of his vision beyond the realm of fash­ion, he has also in­vited film di­rec­tor Steve Mc­Queen on to the team.

Since taking over last year, he’s been ded­i­cated to show­cas­ing di­ver­sity in the mag­a­zine, some­thing he has done through­out his ca­reer, whether it be his pi­o­neer­ing All Black is­sue of Ital­ian Vogue which fea­tured only black mod­els, or the Belle Vere cover shoot, cel­e­brat­ing plus- sized mod­els. Edward has built a rep­u­ta­tion for gen­er­at­ing ex­cite­ment, cre­ativ­ity and dy­namism, which is just what the fash­ion world needs. He is the first black edi­tor of Bri­tish Vogue, as well as the first out gay edi­tor of the pub­li­ca­tion. With an OBE to his name, his infl uence and scope tran­scend the world of fash­ion.

Long may he reign.

“E DWARD’ S C OVE RSA R E A LWAYS MEMOR A B L E . HE CRE AT E S M AGIC” Edward wears roll­neck, by Ber­luti at Har­rods, watch, by Cartier, glasses, by MoscotS UPPORTED B Y Words Joseph Kochar­ian Pho­tog­ra­phy Da­mon BakerStyling Dena Gian­nini

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