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). 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