Here are five of Atlanta’s most stylish women with focused points of view when it comes to fashion.
The owner of Wish Atlanta boutique prefers fashion as wearable art.
I feel fabulous when I wear… black because I’m interested in darkness as beauty, or maybe to me they are similar, as they both evoke the sensory. I’m interested and drawn to the macabre; it’s one of the places from which I pull inspiration. The best style advice I ever received was… a quote from Rei Kawakubo: “Personally, I don’t care about function at all. When I hear ‘Where could you wear that?’ Or ‘It’s not very wearable,’ or ‘Who would wear that?’—to me it’s just a sign that someone missed the point.” In terms of wardrobe, I would never… stay comfortable. We all like what we know. Often, the things we don’t know take us out of our comfort zone. My favorite designers are… Kawakubo, Phoebe Philo, Jun Takahashi, Iris van Herpen and Martin Margiela. My fashion philosophy is… to rely on my instincts. The one trend I can’t live without is… people dressing for themselves.
Top, skirt, tights and shoes, all at Undercover, undercoverism.com.
For the fashionable owner of Elite Pour La Vie, modesty and style aren’t mutually exclusive.
My fashion philosophy is... modest, but at the same time fashion-forward. At a lot of the events I go to, I happen to be the only covered female in the room, so being able to walk in there wearing designer head to toe, I feel as if I’m able to represent being a Muslim woman in the United States while also being fashionable. My favorite designers are… Dolce & Gabbana because of the fun with print and florals. I love Gucci because it’s just so edgy, and I love edgy pieces. And then I love Zuhair Murad. My go-to shoe designer is... Prada. Another shoe brand I’m starting to love is Miu Miu, and I think that’s because it’s Prada-related [laughs]. The most cherished piece in my closet has to be… anything that my husband has bought me. Sometimes I’ll be talking about something or I’ll see something in a magazine, and, the next thing you know, he’s surprised me with a gift.
Angela dress and slacks, both at Paloma St. James, 250 Spring St. NW; head scarf, Hermès, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta; handbag, Tom Ford, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta; shoes, Valentino, Phipps Plaza.
This marketing and PR pro exemplifies what it means to be stylish at any age.
My power piece is... my alice + olivia Audrey Hepburn-style coat. The best style advice I ever received was... ‘Be a leader, not a follower’—from my mother. My favorite designers are... the ones that include all shapes and sizes in their collections. My first fashion moment was... receiving a fake fur coat, sparkle heels and red lipstick on my 5th birthday. I actually have a picture of that moment! My secret weapon when it comes to fashion is... my fabulous daughter, Kam. She will reel me in when I start going really rogue. My fashion philosophy is... I would rather people hate my outfit and remember it, than have no memory of what I was wearing. My favorite designer of all time is... Edith Head. I’ve been accused of loving a costume. The one trend I can’t live without is... women realizing how magnificent they are, regardless of their age or dress size. Pretty is as pretty feels on the inside.
Moschino jacket, New York Vintage, newyorkvintage.com
The Atlanta icon and community leader supports young and underserved designers.
My best style advice for someone else is... you don’t have to follow fashion trends because to be like everybody is to be like nobody. So you find what your niche is, what you look good in, what makes you feel comfortable, and wear it. When it comes to a signature piece, I’m best known for... my hats. Since I was 2 years of age, I’ve worn them! I feel like it’s a crown of glory because I always get compliments. But it’s not the compliments, it’s the fact that it makes me feel good. I feel fabulous when I wear... color. But, you know, it’s amazing that I love color, but my favorite color is ivory. My favorite local designer is... Billy Lochridge. He designed the fuchsia dress I’m wearing, and he has designed the last eight dresses for me. But as for who first started designing for me—because she said, ‘I love your husband and the only way I can do something for him is to do something for you’—is Anne Barge.
Gown, by Billy Lochridge for Lochridge Limited (using Nigerian fabric sourced by Young), 1071 Colony Drive
For this altruist, giving back doesn’t mean donning a stuffy look.
My secret weapon when it comes to fashion is… me. When I get dressed, the only person I am trying to please is myself. I really don’t care what anyone else thinks. When it comes to footwear, I… love Dior shoes, and Prada are my go-to heels. I have a separate closet for shoes. Each box is marked with a photo and organized by brand—Gucci, Dior, Prada, etc. In Atlanta, I shop at… Gucci, Dior or Burberry. My favorite designer of all time is… Alessandro Michele. What he has done for Gucci is beyond imaginable, and the fashion industry has been fascinating to watch. My ultimate fashion splurge is… handbags. I love them. I have so many that I have an extra closet just for handbags. I feel that they can dress an outfit up or down and can completely change the look. I look best in… dresses. You will most often find me in a dress. The most cherished piece in my closet has to be… my Lana Marks alligator handbag.
Gown and shoes, both at Gucci, Phipps Plaza
Photography by: Patrick Heagney | Shot on location at the Fox Theatre’s Marquee Club Presented by Lexus