The Best + Brightest: Forbes' 30 Under 30 Lists (Plus: Steal Their Looks!)

Alexander Wang, Lena Dunham, and more top Forbes' 30 Under 30 lists for 2012. Fashion, Hollywood, and more ahead!
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The Best + Brightest: Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Lists (Plus: Steal Their Looks!)

Alexander Wang, Lena Dunham, and more top Forbes’ 30 Under 30 lists for 2012. Fashion, Hollywood, and more ahead!

-Lucia Peters

Forbes 30 under 30

Forbes’ 30 Under 30 lists for 2012 are here! Want to know who’s been making waves in everything from fashion to finance? Here are your answers., Forbes has assembled the best and brightest innovators under the age of 30 in each of 15 different categories. Some names you know; others, you might not know yet—but you certainly will in the future. You can check out all the lists here, but for those of you who are a little pressed for time, here are some relevant highlights in three of our favorite catagories:

In fashion:

Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs

Carly Cushnie Michelle Ochs

You may not know Carly and Michelle by name, but you’ve probably seen their work. These two 28-year-olds are the design duo behind the labels Carly Cushnie of US and Cushnie et Ochs—labels whose designs have been seen on the likes of Michelle Obama (remember that stunning emerald green number she wore to Christmas in Washington in 2011?), Salma Hayek, and Reese Witherspoon. 60 stores worldwide carry their clothes including Saks Fifth Ave and Neiman Marcus, so be on the lookout for them!

Get Michelle Obama’s Christmas in Washington look: Donna Ricco cutout jersey fit and flare dress ($118,

Pedro Lourenco

Pedro Lourenco

As if it weren’t impressive enough that Pedro is only 22 now, recall that the Brazilian designer was only 19 when he showed his first ready-to-wear collection in Paris to great acclaim. One of his biggest fans? Lady Gaga. Not too shabby!

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Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen


Olsen twins

At 26, the Olsen twins have mostly exited showbiz—and built up a fashion empire instead. Between their two labels, The Row and Elizabeth and James, customizable t-shirt website StyleMint, and those $55,000 backpacks of theirs, they’re doing quite well for themselves indeed.

Get the looks: Dalia MacPhee strapless magenta chiffon ruffle gown ($288,, JS Collection black ruffle jersey and satin gown ($148,

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Who DOESN’T know the name Alexander Wang by this point? And he’s only 29, too! Notably, he’s just been named Creative Director of famed fashion house Balenciaga—the first designer of Asian origin to head a Paris fashion house. Oh, and he’ll be continuing to run his own new York label while he’s at it. No big.

Get the look: Alexander Wang zip detail dress ($475,, Alexander Wang Rockie leather satchel in Tangerine/Pale Gold ($795,

Up next: Hollywood!

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