A-Lists: The 100 Best-Dressed New Yorkers

AVENUE‘s much-awaited, always enlightening, rarely predictable, very inspiring, terribly chic, highly opinionated, annual list of the city’s most stylist men and women (chosen with the help of our all-star judging panel).

Muriel Brandolini, Designer and Decorator
Style Philosophy: You should wear the clothes, and not let the clothes wear you. To be chic is to be simple, and secure with yourself, possessing your own aura, rather than having fashion dictate who you are.

Karen Erickson, Jewelry Designer
Style Philosophy: Style should be timeless and effortless.

Erin Fetherston, Fashion Designer
Style Philosophy: It’s fantastic to experiment with trends, but know your body. It serves every woman to be her own style icon.

Diane von Furstenberg, Fashion Icon
Style Philosophy: To be stylish means to be well in your skin, to move effortlessly through life. It is an attitude that makes allure.

James LaForce, Media and Communications Consultant
Style Philosophy: I think a stylish woman is one who dresses for herself and can show the courage to go her own way.

Lisa Perry, Fashion Designer
Style Philosophy:
 I define ‘style’ as being a person who is willing to be unique and take risks. Someone who mixes things that are unexpected, is not following trends and marches to her own beat.

Charlotte Ronson, Fashion Designer
Style Philosophy:
 Having confidence and embracing your individuality is the key to personal style.

Lucy Sykes Rellie, Fashion Editor
Style Philosophy:
 I love a Euro-American-glossy-chic, pulled together look. If I could live during one time it would be Julie Christie in a black cut-out gown in the movie Shampoo—feminine, cool and edgy all at the same time.

Vena Cava, Sophie Buhal and Lisa Mayock
Style Philosophy: Dress in whatever works for you, that makes you unique, happy and comfortable. Style comes from within.

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Fashion Consultant
Style Philosophy: A woman who is well dressed and stylish exudes an air of self-confidence, grace and effortlessness while always allowing her inner self to shine.

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Fashion Editor
Style Philosophy: Truly memorable personal style belongs to people who exude confidence in whatever they wear. Style is less about comfort and more about feeling comfortable—owning it!

THE FRONT ROW: Ten New York Chicsters Who Top the List
Iris Apfel, The Original Avant Garde
“Iris inspires us all with her strong statements of personal style. She clearly loves whatever she loves and has no problem wearing it all at once.” – James LaForce

Amanda Brooks, Barneys Visionary and Author
“Very Stylish” – Diane von Furstenberg

Alexa Chung, Street Stylish Br-It-Girl, TV-Host and Designer
“Alexa dresses in a way that suggests she does not think or care about clothes when in fact she is very knowledgable about fashion. She also celebrates her inner dork with pilgrim pants and Peter Pan collars and funny proportions.” – Charlotte Ronson

Lauren Santo DomingoVogue star and Designer Champion
“Lauren is so enthusiastic about fashion. She nurtures and inspires so many designers, I feel like people send things down the runway with her in mind.” – James LaForce

Karen Elson, Flame-haired Chantreuse, Strummer, Model
“Karen has remarkable style. She is so striking and I love her penchant for glamour.” – Erin Fetherston

Sarah Sophie Flicker, Citizens Band’s Multimedia Performance Artist
“Sarah has amazing personal style that reflects her work as an artist and her sparkling personality. She is a muse to many.” – Erin Fetherston

Daphne Guinness, Muse, Collector, Heiress, Icon
“Daphne may be the most stylish woman I have ever seen. She is a living fashion icon and risk taker. As a true collector of haute couture, her style is unique, original and enviable.” – Alexander Wilkis Wilson

Michelle Harper, The Wild One, Daphne 2.0
“Always wild, never boring.” – Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Ashley Olsen, Sophisticated Sister
“What can we say, she always looks good and comfortable.” – Vena Cava

Sarah Jessica Parker, The Icon Next Door
“You can’t really have a ‘best dressed’ list and not include SJP. Whether you love her outfits or hate them, she takes risks and owns them.” – Muriel Brandolini

THE ONES WHO WOW US: These New Yorkers dazzle us daily with their sartorial smarts

Waris Ahluwalia, Jewelry Designing Man About Town

Lisa Airan, Socialite with a Glow

Mary Alice Stephenson, A-List Style

Wes Anderson, Director with a Singular Style

André Balazs, Setting a New Standard

Ellen Barkin, #TwitterQueen

Giovanna Battaglia, Original It-Girl

Andrew Bevan, Teen Vogue‘s Trendsetter

Alexis Bittar, Distinguished Jeweler

Hamish Bowles, Modern Dandy

Adrien Brody, Slick Screen Star

Hannah Bronfman, Young Entrepreneur

Thom Browne, Style Arbiter

David Byrne, New Wave Pioneer

Tory Burch, Maker of Must-Haves

Ann Caruso, Super Stylist

Graydon Carter, Media Monarch

Georgina Chapman, Mother of Marchesa

Adriana Cisneros de Griffin, Media Heiress

Anderson Cooper, “Silver Fox” of the Small Screen

Sofia Coppola, Indie Darling

Virginie and Claire Courtin-Clarins, Beauty Brigade

Ann Curry, Brightening up the Morning

Cecilia Dean, Cutting Edge Editor of Visionaire

Carmen Dell’Orefice, Eternal Beauty

Simon Doonan, Style with a Sense of Humor

Anh Duong, Artist About Town

Amy Fine Collins, Vanity Fair‘s Tastemaker

Linda Fargo, Bergdorf Babe

Hailey Gates, Downtown Ingenue

Ramya Giangola, Gogoluxe Girl

Adam Glassman, Oprah Mag Style Guru

Agnes Gund, Art’s Grande Dame

Deborah Harry, The Original Blondie

Dree Hemingway, All-American Model

Carolina Herrera, Forever Elegant

Julia Starr Jamois, Wonderland‘s Wonderman

Jane Keltner de Valle, Teen-spiration

Julia Koch, Chic Philanthropist

Terence Koh, Avant-Garde Artist

Mari-Josée Kravis, The Power Player

Lily Kwong, Model Muse

Aerin Lauder, Beauty with Brains

Alexandra Lebenthal, Brainy Risktaker

Lucy Liu, Charlie’s New York Angel

Blake Lively, Chanel’s Sweetheart

Jenne Lombardo, W Hotel Style Star

Jenna Lyons, J. Crew’s Savior

Madonna, Pop Icon

Rooney Mara, The Year of the Dragon

Gillian Miniter, Charmingly Charitable

Margherita Missoni, House Muse

Shala Monroque, “Pop” Star

Mia Moretti, Ms. Mix-A-Lot

Olivia Palermo, Blogger and Stylista

Sean Parker, Tech Bad Boy

Ana Pincus, Stylish Sophisticate

Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Art Ambassador

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, French Fashion Royalty

Isabella Rossellini, Ageless Elegance

Samantha Boardman Rosen, Classic and Clever

Rachel Roy, Accessible Style

Margaret Russell, Architectural Wonder

Marina Rust, Timeless Chic

Marcus Samuelsson, Chef With Flair

Allison Sarofim, Downtown Diva

Elisa Sednaoui, Reigning on the Runway

Chloe Sevigny, Edgy Actress Designer

Richard Steinberg, Warburg’s Well-Dressed Man

Andy Spade, Progenitor of Prep

Rachel Sterne, The City’s Digital Diva

Tilda Swinton, Eccentric Elegance

Diana Taylor, New York’s First Lady of Fashion

Tracey Taylor, Fashion Phenom

Ann Tenenbaum, Patron of the Arts

Olivier Theyskens, The New Theory of Fashion

Tennessee Thomas, Hip-Star

Olya Thompson, Fabric of New York

Annabel Tollman, Starry-Eyed Stylist

Victoria Traina, Gal-About-Town

Yvonne Force Villareal, Contemporary Art Maven

John Waters, Connoisseur of Camp

Michelle Williams, Pixie-Cut Dream Girl

Vera Wang, Say Yes to the Dress

Brian Williams, The Top of the Rock

Anna Wintour, Living Legend

Lindsey WIxson, Rising Runway Star

Kate Young, Black Swan’s Go-To-Gal