When TIME magazine names its Person(s) of the Year, there's always criticism from those who believe it should be a figure that had the greatest impact—in a good way—on the most lives. But as the outlet has explained, sometimes the selection is made for the opposite reason. Look back to when Adolf Hitler was named Person of the Year in 1938, for example, or when Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini got the title in 1979.
Similarly, The New York Times is out with their list of the most stylish people (and things) of 2022, and it's got some seriously puzzling inclusions—like a bug getting a nod as well as Heidi Klum for her worm costume. But The Times explains their decisions:
High and low. Fun and serious. Curious and open-minded. Reveling in characters. Appreciating the material world. Inviting everyone to the party. All of these are ways that The Times’s Styles desk defines its approach to whom and what it covers.
Equal parts stylish and Styles-ish, the “people” on this list — who are presented in no particular order — include politicians and celebrities and athletes and influencers and fictional characters from TV and film. Some of them appeared in the Styles section this year. Others simply captured our attention.
Love them or hate them, all have at least one thing in common. At some point over the past 12 months, they made us talk: about how we dress, how we live and how we choose to express ourselves. We welcome dissent. But we are, without a doubt, correct. (NYT)
Regarding the political picks, The Times made several, celebrating New York City Mayor Eric Adams' "swagger," Rep. Ayanna Pressley for wearing "her bare scalp with aplomb," Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson because of her "statement necklaces," Congresswoman-elect Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, hopeful that she'll "bring her bangs and wardrobe of chambray and denim to Capitol Hill," and last but not least (on the U.S. political front, at least)…John Fetterman.
"The senator-elect from Pennsylvania is going to bring Carhartt to the Capitol," The Times writes with a photo of Fetterman donning a maroon sweatshirt, gray shorts, and black sneakers. Fashion icon, indeed.
John Fetterman as one of the most stylish people in 2022?— Debra J. Saunders (@debrajsaunders) December 11, 2022
Another example of NYT being totally out of touch.https://t.co/TkWmPTjTJc
2022 is the year of the Goblin Mode. Dress up like a slob and make the NYT's list of most stylish people. https://t.co/UBNFM6MDZR— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) December 12, 2022