Nextail Predicts the Future of Fashion Is Female Leadership

Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada"

When the movie The Devil Wears Prada came out in 2006, the world saw a new type of leadership in fashion – one dominated by a strong female leader (played by Meryl Streep). And, although the story focused on a fashion magazine, and the main character was reportedly based on the real-life editor of Vogue Anna Wintour, it seems like we’ll be seeing more and more women in power in fashion. At least, that’s what Nextail is saying.

More Female CEOs

Business People Having a Board Meeting Led by a Woman Nextail is a cloud-based SaaS platform that assists with automation solutions in merchandising. Their latest report says that the modern chief executive officer in fashion is an ecologically aware and digitally savvy woman. In its “Fashion’s Newest CEOs at the top of 2021” report, Nextail shows a growing number of new women CEOs. The company also reports that fashion brands are now looking for a new type of skill set in leadership positions where risk aversion and sustainability are top priorities. Nextail says that it’s these types of shifts that are paving the way for more women in power in the industry.

The Ideal CEO Profile Has Changed

Nextail also reports that fashion companies are looking to hire CEOs who can bring in “increased experience” in three main areas: 1) product (marketing, design, and brand), 2) analytical (finance, strategy, and merchandise planning), and 3) operations (logistics, HR, and supply chain). As a result of this shift, Nextail found a 95% growth in female leadership as compared to their previous year’s report.

Helena Helmersson, the new CEO of H&M

Two prime examples of newly-appointed women CEOs in fashion are Sonia Syngal at Gap and Helena Helmersson at H&M. Nextail emphasized the immediate boost in sales and performance that both women brought to the brands and explained it with their unique skill set that matched the new hiring paradigm of recent months.

We’re yet to see whether Nextail’s report is realistic or not, but one thing’s for sure; these are truly exciting times for fashion.

The Queen’s Gambit actress Anya Taylor-Joy looked like a Greek Goddess in Dior

The Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy knocked it out of the park with her role as the chess genius Beth. It seems like her fashion sense is doing the same. She looked gorgeous in her Dior outfit when she stepped out of Athens’ Panathenaic Stadium from the 2022 Dior Croisiere (Cruise) fashion show. At least to say, all eyes were on her. And why wouldn’t they be?

A Gown Fit for a Queen

The gown was a sheer gold gown and floor-length. It had a cape effect and a pleated skirt. The creative draping fabric on the back of this gorgeous Dior dress looked ethereal. The 25-year-old actress styled it with a pair of golden sandals that was from the Spring Summer 2021 Collection of Dior. She even wore many statement rings that were big enough to catch your eye. As for her makeup, she chose a blue-hued smoky eye look. Her hair looked like a Heidi inspiration – it was in a braid across the crown of her head.

Mental Health Struggles

Taylor-Joy received wide recognition for her success as well as the Golden Globe for her performance in the Netflix original. She also has many projects coming her way. However, she has been quite open about her mental health struggles and about suffering from panic attacks every now and then. During her interview with the popular platform ELLE, she revealed the panic attack she suffered from on the sets of her upcoming film Emma.

Not a Choice

She said that there seems to be a chemical imbalance in her brain and there is no way for her to control it. It is definitely not an attention-seeking behavior and if she had a choice, she would rather not have it at all. It is not an easy mind space to be in. But like her gorgeous Dior outfit, her fame, and everything, Taylor-Joy is handling things with poise, as a true star would.