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Women of Style Style in DC is more than a great closet. It’s about having a resilient— and sometimes iconoclastic—voice, whether on a personal, local or global scale. These six women—each a passionate activist in her own way—deliver sophistication to the Beltway, whether by mentoring the next generation of movers and shakers, fostering cultural connections across town or developing enviable business models. And, yes, donning couture that’s at once sexy and decidedly modern caps their individual sense of style, adding a gravitas that could light every room in the Capitol. by erin Hartigan | photography by Greg powers shot on location at Adlon and contemporaria in Georgetown’s cady’s Alley styling by April Yvonne (capella Washington, dc, Georgetown) and Alison beshai Hair/makeup by Johny saade and christophe saluzzo for Isabelle’s Okyo salon Hair/makeup assistant Abigail de casanova 96 dc september 2013
Fashion Women Of Style
Style in DC is more than a great closet. It's about having a resilient— and sometimes iconoclastic—voice, whether on a personal, local or global scale. These six women—each a passionate activist in her own way—deliver sophistication to the Beltway, whether by mentoring the next generation of movers and shakers, fostering cultural connections across town or developing enviable business models. And, yes, donning couture that's at once sexy and decidedly modern caps their individual sense of style, adding a gravitas that could light every room in the Capitol.
By Erin Hartigan | Photography by Greg Powers Shot on location at Adlon and Contemporaria in Georgetown's Cady's Alley Styling by April Yvonne (capella Washington, Dc, Georgetown) and Alison beshai Hair/makeup by Johny saade and christophe saluzzo for Isabelle's Okyo salon Hair/makeup assistant Abigail De casanova
The Look Black dress, $1,450, by Herve Leger at Hu’s Wear; resin Milanese necklace, $750, at Keith Lipert, Georgetown.
Styled by April Yvonn
Leggier than most models, with a cascade of blond locks, Paige Speyer was born to be in fashion. Luckily, for style-minded locals, she found her calling: The willowy DC native keeps Washingtonians dressed smartly as the owner of Georgetown's Wink boutique. A self-proclaimed "fancy bohemian" who loves lines from Isabel Marant, Helmut Lang and Balmain, Speyer uses her impeccable eye to transform the way locals dress, infusing the scene with energy and color."People are so much more drawn to color and prints now," she says."Fashionwise, I love the creativity in town." Even though, at 5-foot- 11, she already towers over some Washington partygoers, Speyer doesn't shy away from heels. "If I'm wearing heels, they're most likely 4 inches high," she says with a laugh. "I'll tower over the whole room, but I feel comfortable in my height. If you're confident in what you're wearing, then rock it."
Orange dress, $695, by Badgley Mischka (Hurtado’s own); shoes, $895, by Jimmy Choo at Saks Fifth Avenue, Tysons Galleria; earrings, $2,600, by Dana Rebecca at Hu’s Wear; ring, $5,700, by Bvlgari Serpenti at Mazza Gallerie; bracelet, $245, by Adriana Orsini at Saks Fifth Avenue, Tysons Galleria.
Styled by Alison Beshai
As a TV analyst, journalist, literacy advocate and branding strategist, Viviana Hurtado is a one-woman media powerhouse.She’s also a role model for Latin American women through The Wise Latina Club, which she founded to empower women with news and culturally relevant stories. “It’s a space to tell women how to live a healthier life and nourish their bodies and minds, with women’s issues, politics and current events, presented from their point of view.” Whether regularly discussing politics on MSNBC or NPR, or advising women at conferences, the Stanford- and Yale-educated Ph.D. opts for tailored dresses in bold, proud colors, typically with 4-inch heels. “I’m with big names each day, so I want to be classic, but I’m comfortable as an American- Latina woman, with being vibrant and strong,” she says. As someone who knows the importance of first impressions, Hurtado sticks to styles that match her personality. “I love the Diane von Furstenberg look of an asymmetrical top. She’s an icon, not just for her style, but for her story. She’s self-made. She’s an American success story teaching people that you can be entrepreneurial with a vision.”
ENTERTAINMENT LAWYER, PRODUCER
Washington is in the midst of an undeniable renaissance, and Jehan Carter is determined to make sure that the world doesn’t miss it. An entertainment lawyer who spends her time in buttonedup courtrooms by day, the area native—who goes by J—spends her evenings as a reporter and TV producer for her company Donne Belle Productions. She’ll also teach at Howard University next year. “I’ve mastered two outfits in one,” she says. “I’ll wear a suit jacket in the law office, then take it off and have a fabulous dress and necklace on that becomes my chic outfit—I love Michael Kors.” Out nearly every night at events like Fashion for Paws and Knock Out Abuse, Carter shares DC’s dazzling side as the producer of Pollywood Nights, a documentary film—with a spinoff series in the works—about the national spotlight’s shift to DC after the election of President Obama. “The president and first lady brought the spotlight to DC,” she says. “This series is the chance for the world to see what’s happening here.”
Pink dress, $350, by Milly at Saks Fifth Avenue, Tysons Galleria; shoes, $795, by Saint Laurent at ysl. Com; crystal necklace, $2,155, at Keith Lipert, Georgetown.
Styled by April Yvonne
SPORTS MARKETING DIRECTOR, PROFESSOR
If it weren’t for her Aussie upbringing, Nicola Murphy would be the perfect all-American girl.Equally athletic, brainy and beautiful, the longtime DC resident manages to convey effortless fashion, even while negotiating endorsements, appearances and book deals for sports superstars in her role as senior director of personalities and properties for the sports agency Octagon in McLean.“When I dress, it’s partly to look good and partly to feel good,” says Murphy, who favors Karen Millen, Enzo Angiolini and Halston, whether she’s on location with clients or shaping the next generation of sports insiders as a professor for Georgetown University’s sports industry management program. An avid adventurer, Murphy spends much of her time outdoors, playing soccer and golf on weekends or cruising the city on her bicycle.“My style is influenced by life’s little adventures,” she says. “I invest in food, wine and travel, which shapes my style.”
White dress, $395, Laundry by Shelli Segal at Saks Fifth Avenue, Tyson Galleria; shoes, by Prada at Saks Fifth Avenue, Tysons Galleria; crystal drop earrings, $315, at Keith Lipert, Georgetown.
Styled by April Yvonne
Blue dress, $238, by Halston at Saks Fifth Avenue; shoes by Karen Millen (Depeyrot’s own); earrings by Max Azria (Depeyrot’s own).
Styled by April Yvonne
Krista Depeyrot takes the term “not a hair out of place” to a new level. Though she breaks a sweat most mornings as a boot camp instructor, the mother of three keeps Washingtonians well coiffed as a hair colorist at Del Ray’s hip Salon Bisoux, which she co-owns with her husband, stylist Philippe. “There are a lot of cool, artistic, bohemian people in DC,” says Depeyrot, who says she loves what Balenciaga, Prada and Saint Laurent are doing for fall. The area native and active local business leader prefers to showcase local women’s natural beauty and femininity. Not one to adhere to trends—she prefers to shop on European vacations—the former model now sees beauty as an extension of wellness. “For me, glamour is about being natural and embracing the more unusual aspects of ourselves,” she says.“It’s so important to take care of yourself and what you look like, because it’s a direct reflection of how you feel inside.”
Black and white dress, $395, by Helmut Lang at Saks Fifth Avenue, Tysons Galleria; shoes, $395, by Brian Atwood at Saks Fifth Avenue, Tysons Galleria; ring, $1,750, by Bvlgari Serpenti at Mazza Gallerie; watch, $38,000, by Bvlgari Serpenti at Mazza Gallerie.
Styled by Alison Beshai
ADVOCACY DIRECTOR, DJ
Zipping through town on her perky green or black Vespa, Cassidy Karakorn wouldn’t look out of place in a modern remake of Roman Holiday. Nearly always dressed in black, with designer booties (“My collection includes Tod’s, Alexander Wang, Reed Krakoff and Louboutin,” she says) and signature matte red lips she’s sported for years, the deputy director for consumer marketing at the Human Rights Campaign has an undeniable signature style that she calls “classic, yet defiant.” Splitting her time between a day job working on initiatives like the music-centric Equality Rocks, her work in environmental consulting and gigs as a DJ at gallery openings and art events, the Virginia native and avid world traveler lets her principles guide her style. “I’m very careful about what I purchase,” she says. “I wear a lot of designers I work with, like Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Calvin Klein. It’s important that the people I wear also believe in what I do.”
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