10 Breakthrough Fashion Stars of 2011

From the designers who entered the limelight this year to two women who changed the face of e-commerce.

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Model Arizona Muse is one of the biggest breakthrough stars of 2011.
ARIZONA MUSE: Few models have had the kind of breakthrough year that Arizona Muse did in 2011. During the Fall 2011 catwalk season, she had the most opening and closing looks, including Dolce & Gabbana and Versace. She also became the face of Yves Saint Laurent, Prada and David Yurman this year. Anna Wintour said of Muse this year: "When I look at Arizona, I see shadows of Linda Evangelista and Natalia Vodianova, but most of all I see her, a gorgeous, smart, grown-up."
EMMA STONE: Sure, one could say 2011 has been a breakthrough year for Emma Stone as far as her acting career is concerned, but its also been a year of sartorial triumphs for the young actress. Her best looks this year have included this Giambattista Valli ensemble (pictured), the melon Calvin Klein gown she wore to the Golden Globes, and the red Grecian Lanvin gown she wore to the BAFTA's.
MASSIMILIANO GIORNETTI: Salvatore Ferragamo appointed Massimiliano Giornetti Creative Director in 2010, but in 2011 the designer really came into his own, bringing a new burst of energy into ready-to-wear at the heritage Italian label, which has long been known for its accessories. Giornetti's Fall 2011 houndstooth and pinstripe collection for the house has been worn by everyone from Lady Gaga to Beyonce.
LEANDRA MEDINE: While the who's-who of bloggers has mostly been cemented at this point (Bryan Boy, Susie Bubble, Tavi), Leandra Medine -- a.k.a. The Man Repeller -- managed to break through in 2011. Not only was she a front row regular, she also scored collaborations with Rachel Roy and Dannijo. Medine's blog even won the Most Original Blog award at this year's Bloglovin Awards.
MIUCCIA PRADA: While 2011 certainly isn't Miuccia Prada's breakthrough year as a fashion designer (she's been a star in that role for quite some time), it was her breakthrough year as a businesswoman thanks to Prada's IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Prada raised $2.14 billion by going public, and made Miuccia and her husband Patrizio Bertelli (the company's CEO) a reported $10 billion richer thanks to their stake in the company.
NICOLA FORMICHETTI: The longtime stylist of Lady Gaga stepped out of the shadow of his superstar client in 2011 when he made his debut as Creative Director of Mugler in March. Formichetti also teamed up with Uniqlo on a line this year.
ASLAUG MAGNUSDOTTIR AND LAUREN SANTO DOMINGO: Moda Operandi, the brainchild of Aslaug Magnusdottir and Lauren Santo Domingo, launched in February and re-imagined the perimeters of e-commerce in 2011 by offering designer trunk shows where customers can pre-order designer goods directly from the runway.
RYAN GOSLING: This actor hasn't really been considered a serious fashion fiend for much of his career, but that all changed in 2011, thanks to fashion choices like the straight-off-the-runway Gucci suit (pictured) that the actor wore to the Crazy Stupid Love premiere and the blue custom Ferragamo tuxedo that he wore to the premiere of Drive.
SHALA MONROQUE: Monroque is one of 2011's most prominent "It" girls, thanks in no small part to her role as muse to Miuccia Prada and her pitch-perfect fashion choices. Monroque has her sights set on being more than just being a style icon, though, and this year launched Garage magazine with Dasha Zhukova.
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ANDREW ROSEN: 2011 was definitely a big one for Andrew Rosen, the CEO of Theory. Rosen named Olivier Theyskens as creative director of the brand in October 2010, and brought the collection to the runway for the first time in February. It was a bona fide hit. He then scooped up a 45 percent stake in Proenza Schouler this summer, cementing his status as one of fashion's savviest investors.
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