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This Year's Women of Style

BY Luis R. Rigual | August 24, 2017 | Feature Features National

Meet five fearless Miami ladies who embrace fashion on their own terms.

Jenine Howard shot on location at the Mandarin Oriental Miami

Jenine Howard
This philanthropist, actress, business owner and mother navigates style’s waters with calm and ease.

My approach to fashion is... to start with one piece that inspires me and take it from there.

The best style advice I ever received... came from my mom who told me: If you love it, wear it because you will walk more confidently.

The most cherished piece in my wardrobe... has got to be my vintage Givenchy ostrich feather cape. I can wear it over a gown or toss it on top of a T-shirt with ripped jeans and go.

My favorite designer is... Rick Owens because his sharp pieces make me feel extra sexy. I know his garments will remain in my closet forever.

My ultimate fashion splurge... is the Himalayan Birkin I purchased nine years ago, which was worth every penny.

My first fashion moment... was at my high school prom, to which I wore pants.

My style secret... is not really a secret at all. It’s all over my Instagram. I love a great turban!

Purple Ring (on right hand) by Daniella Kronfle

Kim Cáceres shot on location at Miami Beach EDITION

The Hola TV host is always ready for a close-up...on and off camera.

My fashion philosophy is... that no matter what you wear, your personality transcends your clothes. You can’t fake elegance.

The best style advice I ever received was... to get a full-length mirror and pay attention to my body.

The most cherished piece in my closet is... a dress I made with my late mother from a black-and-white Valentino silk.

I never leave the house without... makeup—whether it’s for a night out or to pick up the kids from school.

Some of my favorite designers are... Alexander McQueen because he was an iconoclast. Gianni Versace because he loved drama. Yves Saint Laurent because he was a revolutionary. And John Galliano because of his exquisite attention to detail.

My fashion icon is... Cindy Crawford. She’s always been my favorite of the supermodels.

My secret style weapon is... the 1940s silhouette. A very feminine, classy, ladylike figure never goes wrong.

Vintage dress from C. Madeleine’s

Lesli Brown shot on location at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Lesli Brown
The illustrator and former fashion magazine editor understands style from the inside out.

My style mantra is... that every day is a fashion opportunity.

In terms of wardrobe, I would never... copy anyone. You can copy the results, but not the imagination.

My favorite designers are... Oscar de la Renta because his gowns make you feel like a lady. Alexander McQueen because his designs had an otherworldly quality. And Naeem Khan because every one of his dresses is a work of art.

Something that’s rather important to me is... high heels or I’m a flea in the crowd. No one believes it, but I am only 5’2’’. I need stilettos.

One of my most treasured posessions is... my Verdura curb link bracelet. I found it in my father’s office after he passed away. He had stored it in a sliding door behind his desk for me to find. My dad always loved his surprises.

My first fashion moment was... walking through the doors at Vogue.

My secret style weapon is... to always have my eyes open. Great fashion is everywhere. You just have to find it.

The best style advice I ever received... is something I will put in a memoir someday. People are just going to have to wait for it.

Shoes by Jimmy Choo. Earrings and rings by Daniella Kronfle. Bracelet by Verdura

Annie Lee shot on location at Faena Miami Beach

Annie Lee
As one of the country’s leading wedding planners, this entrepreneur knows details are everything when it comes to wardrobe matters.

The best way to describe my approach to fashion is... I’m a fashion dichotomy. It’s important for me to look both current and timeless.

The best style advice I ever received... came from my mother, who’s an interior designer, and once told me that no one would ever trust her design skills if she didn’t dress well.

I would never... want to look like I’m trying.

When it comes to designers, I... prefer to wear up-and-coming labels. I don’t want to see five other women wearing the same thing I am at a party.

I never leave the house without... my love knot ring, which I haven’t taken off in seven years. It was prescribed to me by a Brooklyn jeweler, and whether it has true powers or not is not important. I know life is dramatically better when it’s on my finger.

My first fashion moment was... being photographed by the late Bill Cunningham at the American Ballet Theatre gala for The New York Times Sunday Style section. It was my fashion “I made it.”

Earrings and ring by Soledad Lowe

Danie Gomez-Ortigoza shot on location at Ralph Pucci

Danie Gomez-Ortigoza
A digital strategist and media influencer with a poet’s heart, this style maker doesn’t follow anyone’s rules but her own.

My style persona is... Frida Kahlo meets Audrey Hepburn.

The best style advice I ever received... came from my father, who wears Birks with white socks. He told me: Don’t stick to trends; create them.

My fashion philosophy is... reflect on the outside who you are on the inside.

As far as accessories go... I keep it simple. My best accessory is actually my Floridian Frida braid, which is my shield.

I never leave the house without... red lipstick because it saves me from having a bad day.

My first fashion moment was... when Nylon magazine ran a picture of me for a story on street fashion during Art Basel. I was wearing a Miu Miu dress and a gold necklace by Laura Kimpton that says “Be Art.”

My favorite designer of all time is... Coco Chanel for her personality, natural sense of branding and strength. That’s the most inspiring part of her journey and I tend to fall in love with stories like hers.

Cuff by Soledad Lowe

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