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  • 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