12 sultans of style

From iconic designers to luxury group titans, power has never looked so good. Fortune traveled the world to photograph the men and women who personify the business of style.

The It Girl
The It Girl
Tory Burch's clothes may be cool riffs on classic designs, but the sales at her three-year-old line are red-hot. Industry sources estimate her 2006 revenues at more than $30 million, and her department store sales are up 249% from last year. She'll have 11 stores by 2008. And now Burch has a breakout hit, à la Calvin Klein's briefs or René Lacoste's tennis shirt: Her Reva ballet flats were this year's must-have shoe.

Photographed outside the Pierre hotel in Manhattan

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