New Yorkers are among the most style-savvy people on the planet – so to rise to the top of the ranks here is quite an accomplishment. From the quietly classic (Diane Sawyer, Diana Taylor) to the devastatingly glamorous (Nicole Kidman, Iman) to the envelope-pushers (Bjork, Chloe Sevigny), we salute the city’s 50 best-dressed women.
1 & 2. Alexandra & Theodora Richards, daughters of Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards and model Patti Hansen
Why they’re on the list: They combine sass and style, mixing thongs and Abercrombie & Fitch miniskirts with Vera Wang tops and Arden B. sundresses.
Defining fashion moment: Stealing attention from the runway to their front-row perch at the Paris couture shows.
3. Chloe Sevigny, indie actress
Why she’s on the list: Discovered in Washington Square Park by Sassy magazine editors, her style predates Carrie Bradshaw’s. Not that she’s that happy about it – “For some reason the public has embraced me as a fashion icon and I feel like it has diminished me as an actor,” she told Harper’s Bazaar.
Defining fashion moment: Wearing a dress by recently deposed YSL designer Alber Elbaz to the Golden Globes in 2000.
4. Nicole Kidman, Oscar-winning actress
Why she’s on the list: Vogue’s current cover girl is grace embodied, whether she’s wearing jeans to walk her kids to the park or resplendent in a glittering Gucci gown at the Costume Institute gala.
Defining fashion moment: She was just Tom Cruise arm candy until she showed up at the 1999 Oscars in a chartreuse John Galliano gown.
5. Bjork, elfin Icelandic performer
Why she’s on the list: Sheer guts. Bjork’s favorite designers are her boyfriend Matthew Barney (of course), Gaelyn & Cianfarani, and Kim Jones. Her favorite accessory: her hair, whether in its most recent incarnation, a blunt bowl cut, or flowing, pig-tailed, corn-rowed, buzzed, bobbed or Afro’d.
Defining fashion moment: The swan dress.
6. Karen O, lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Why she’s on the list: She doesn’t play by the rules – collaborating with downtown darling Christian Joy to design funky ripped and graffiti-covered frocks, which she’s prone to taking off on stage. Defining fashion moment: The very first time, during a performance, that she doused her dress in Heineken – now a fairly signature move.
7. Debbie Harry, Blondie lead singer
Why she’s on the list: At 58, she’s still a perfect muse – Harry recently had a black Saben handbag named after her and New Zealand fashion designer Roanne Jacobson’s Blondie bag is an irresistible 80s-inspired number, adorned with several lengths of chain.
Style secret: Still wears the duds Steven Sprouse made for her when they were living in the same apartment building on the Bowery back in the ’70s.
8. Fran Lebowitz, author
Why she’s on the list: The true fashion anarchist, she’s prone to white shirts and black blazers, and duds by pals Calvin Klein and Diane von Furstenberg.
Defining fashion moment: The writer once attempted to get herself banned from all fashion shows by slagging them off in a column.
9. Iman, model, businesswoman, rock star wife
Why she’s on the list: No one makes an entrance like this towering Somalian beauty, who blends vintage Halston, Donna Karan and Isaac Mizrahi.Style secret: She shops on Style.com or orders directly from the designers.
10. Diane Sawyer, co-anchor of “Good Morning America”
Why she’s on the list: Katie who? Undeniably the fashion queen of the morning shows, Sawyer looks modern and never premeditated.
Style secret: Her closets are arranged by color.
11. Diane von Furstenberg, designer
Why she’s on the list: She succeeds in her eclectic taste: patterns, fur, buddy Christian Louboutin’s super-high heels.
Defining fashion moment: She attracted as much attention as her signature wrap dress when she launched it in 1974.
12. Diana Taylor, New York State’s superintendent of banking – and Mayor Bloomberg’s significant other
Why she’s on the list: Slender and tall, Taylor has wisely updated her overly taupe wardrobe with the best of Oscar de la Renta and Armani.
Defining fashion moment: Five pages in Vogue’s August issue in which she was seen in a gorgeous Chado Ralph Rucci gown in gray, her best color, and Ralph Lauren.
13. Liv Tyler, actress
Why she’s on the list: Her old-fashioned but sexy style is dictated by her own good taste, not trends or her size. She’s influenced by the Brits and rock-and-roll, wearing Aerosmith-inspired long scarves, Marianne Faithful-style fringes, black eyeliner, and ’80s belted tunics over jeans.
Style secret: At 5-foot-10, she’s a fan of flats, including Marc Jacobs ballet shoes and Converse All-Stars.
14. Molly Simms, model/actress
Why she’s on the list: The blonde law-student-turned-model-turned-MTV-hostess-turned-actress has finally got her fashion groove on. Goodbye Old Navy cargo pants, hello hot pink Celine evening gowns!
Style secret: Honesty. “If you’re at home and it doesn’t look good in the mirror, it’s not going to look good anywhere else,” she says.
15. Stephanie Seymour, model and lingerie designer
Why she’s on the list: No one looks better in vintage Azzedine Alaia than Seymour, a vintage collector with a cache of clothes to rival the Costume Institute’s.
Defining fashion moment: Her successful transformation from hard-bodied, big-haired rock star girlfriend to a glamorous 90s society woman.
16. Thelma Golden, director of the Studio Museum of Harlem
Why she’s on the list: A former child model, she’s not afraid to use bright colors and dazzle a room of staid museum donors and Upper East Side socialites.
Style secret: Insists on standing out from the crowd. She favors neighborhood designers.
17. Olivia Chantecaille, cosmetic businesswoman
Why she’s on the list: There’s something to be said for simple, studied elegance – and that’s Chantecaille’s style.
Style secret: Like her mother, Sylvie, with whom she runs the family business, Chantecaille knows that when it comes to making a good impression, an impeccable complexion is as important as an expensive handbag. She favors her own line’s Rose Water toner and Future Skin foundation to look her best when she’s stepping out.
18. Kelly Ripa, TV hostess/actress
Why she’s on the list: Underneath Regis’s sidekick’s blonde hair and winning smile, is an un-self-counscious style: “If it’s clean, I put it on.”
Style secret: Looks for cool fashions and avoids the fancy couture.
19. Jane Krakowski, Tony-winning star of “Nine”
Why she’s on the list: The image of her as “Ally McBeal”‘s slutty secretary has been blown away by her parade of elegant looks recently.
Style secret: They’re called legs! And lots of ’em.
20. Nan Kempner, socialite and couture collector
Why she’s on the list: She has one of the biggest – and most expensive – wardrobes in America. (She got her first outfit from Paris when she was three!). She wears it all, too.
Style secret: She’s so skinny, she gets a discount, since she fits into sample sizes.
21. Julianne Moore, actress
Why she’s on the list: “Furniture I can figure out,” she admitted to Vogue recently. “But fashion I find much more difficult.” Yet, witness her stunning turn in dark green YSL at the Oscars this year.
Defining fashion moment: When she went mainstream with “Hannibal,” she rose to the challenge in consistently superior gowns.
22. Sarah Jessica Parker, “Sex and the City” actress
Why she’s on the list: She knows which of Carrie’s outfits to leave at work (knickers, hotpants) and which ones to integrate into her own designer wardrobe (floral printed coats, Manolo Blahniks).
Defining fashion moment: Her “SATC” contract demands that she gets to keep her character’s clothes – no Jimmy Choos, only Manolos.
23. Christy Turlington, model and anti-smoking activist
Why she’s on the list: She may be California-bred, but Turlington’s style is totally New York – from her Marc Jacobs eveningwear to her own line of Nuala yoga togs. Turlington favors Calvin Klein, Paul Smith, and Katayone Adeli.
Style secret: Right now: pregnancy chic. Turlington, clad in a fitted brown dress, whooped it up at a Duran Duran concert this summer. She’s rumored to be developing a maternity line for Nuala.
24. Zoe Cassavetes, actress-director-famous daughter
Why she’s on the list: Like her best friend Sofia Coppola, she has a West Coast style that works. And a good pal named Marc Jacobs.
Style secret: The daughter of the late director John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands favors A.P.C. and Agnes b. She says that she likes to “shop on other people – like, ‘Where’d you get those shoes?'”
25 & 26. Carolina Herrera and Patricia Herrera, mother/daughter design team
Why they’re on the list: Though their personal styles are quite different (Patricia’s jeans-and-tank-and-heels look is more eclectic than her mom’s buttoned-up style), they complement each other so well that you wonder if they got dressed together that morning.
“I love the idea of elegance and intricacy. I think that standard has served me well,” says Carolina.
Style secret: It’s every woman for themselves, and Patricia and her two sisters are equally uniquely iconic dressers.
27. Toni Senecal, host of WB11’s “Toni Time”
Why she’s on the list: A former house model for Jean Paul Gaultier, Senecal has a sweet, sexy appeal that translates onscreen. “What I wear is always simple and involves high heels – ones that I can run in because I’m a reporter,” she says. “Nothing too girlie. I’d describe it as ‘sexy butch.'” She favors Dolce & Gabbana, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood and likes to shop at neighborhood boutiques in Brooklyn like Scarlett Ginger, Isa, Butter, Jelly.
Defining fashion moment: Remember Robert Palmer’s infamous “Addicted to Love” video? She was in it.
28. Meredith Viera, co-host of The View
Why she’s on the list: For a daytime TV star, she’s approachable and pretty, not plastic. And she dresses her age.Style secret: High heels for seated segments only.
29. Elliot Puckette, artist
Why she’s on the list: A smart Southern gal married to a British aristocrat, Puckette could be a total clothes snob. Instead, she’s quite the opposite, preferring Levis and T-shirts over fancy designer labels.
Style secret: It’s everywhere. Her paintings and her stellar Brooklyn brownstone were featured in “The Royal Tenenbaums.”
30. Hope Atherton, artist
Why she’s on the list: The cool downtown girl everyone wants to have at their party.
Style secret: Dressing outside the box: a pair of antique bloomers as a blouse.
31. C.Z. Guest
Why she’s on the list: Proud, pressed and patrician, the Post’s own gardening columnist hasn’t had a bad clothes day in her 83 years of getting dressed. “I like the classic look … It’s important to not have too many clothes. Keep it simple. There’s only so much you can wear.” Guest wears Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein and likes shopping at Bergdorf Goodman.
Defining fashion moment: Her first Mainbocher suit. She’s now recognized as one of the late classic designer’s best clients.
32. Lauren Bacall, actress
Why she’s on the list: Old school glamour lives here. And it’s WASP-y chic.
Style secret: She’s still got it enough to attract her new friend Nicole Kidman.
33. Bebe Neuwirth, actress
Why she’s on the list: On stage and off, her fitted, sexy style works.
Style secret: Short dresses.
34. Amy Sedaris, writer and comedienne
Why she’s on the list: She’s a genuine eccentric – both in how she dresses (brightly-colored vintage dresses with clogs) and how she lives (she and buddy Todd Oldham decorated her Greenwich Village apartment to look like a grownup version of Candyland).
Style secret: Playing ugly onscreen, she’s surprisingly fantastic in real life. But, she said: “I dress like a deaf person, meaning I like loud patterns, shiny, colorful things. I like patterns, frilly and ruffles.”
35. Jaqui Lividini, senior VP of fashion merchandising at Saks Fifth Avenue
Why she’s on the list: Sak’s diminutive fashion diva isn’t as famous as Nicole, but her super designer outfits are as hot. “I’m always striving to be polished. I like to mix designers and being myself.”
Style secret: “Jaqui’s feet are permanently molded into a Barbie arch,” a colleague said. “She never met a heel she didn’t love.”
36. Holly Dunlap, accessory designer
Why she’s on the list: Hailing from Arizona, where earthy, sunwashed colors are all the rage, she’s succeeded in going in the other direction – Day-Glo bright and decidedly girly.
Style secret: . “I usually start with the shoes and work my wardrobe around them – and I always wear my own shoes,” says Dunlap. “I’m classic, flirty – girlie sexy.” Dunlap wears Tracy Feith, Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta and likes vintage shopping in the East Village.
37. Jane Mayle, model-turned-designer
Why she’s on the list: She maintains a “Who’s that girl?” aura with her simple, slightly retro style that attracts as much (if not more) attention than other women’s flashier getups.
Style secret: She’s influenced by 1950s film star Monica Vitti, whose wardrobe defined feminized elegance.
38. Sally Albemarle, sculptor
Why she’s on the list: She can be everywhere – including all of NYC’s A-list parties – and still no one ever tires of watching her enter the room.
Style trademark: Elaborate beaded chokers, which accentuate her long neck.
39. Jennifer Connelly, actress
Why she’s on the list: Her outside the fray style works: it’s calm, elegant and never exaggerated. And she knows to wear black to accentuate those bluer eyes.
Defining fashion moment: Sticking a Gardenia into the decolletage created by her long, black Narciso Rodriguez gown at the Golden Globes. Simply gorgeous.
40. Cecilia Dean, founder of Visionaire magazine
Why she’s on the list: A designer darling, Dean is always the most-photographed girl at whatever party she attends – partly owing to those fancy headdresses she’s favored in the past.
Style secrets: She’s the lady in red, believing it’s better to stand out than to blend into a crowd.
41. Marina Rust, writer
Why she’s on the list: With her smart, elegant style, the novelist and fashion scribe is destined to become the icon of her generation.
Style secrets: What secrets? Rust lets them all out of the bag in her witty first-person pieces in Vogue.
42. Mary J. Blige, R&B singer
Why she’s on the list: Few singers have the stage presence – or the kick-butt wardrobe – she has.
Defining fashion moment: Chosen to represent M.A.C. cosmetics alongside similarly stylish singer Shirley Manson – and Elton John.
43. Cayli Cavaco, Teen Vogue
Why she’s on the list: This twentysomething’s parents co-founded KCD, the city’s premiere fashion PR company. Her lifelong friends include Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs and Zac Posen, who escorted her to the VMAs this year. Any questions?
44. Milla Jovovich, model-turned-actress
Why she’s on the list: Even though she rarely strays from her studied cute-retro-dresses-and-high-heeled-sandal combination, Jovovich always manages to look different – and gorgeous. Deemed the “next Brooke Shields” at 16, Jovovich showed she had chutzpah by cutting off her long signature locks (only further accentuating her stunning ice-blue eyes.)
Defining fashion moment: Scoring ad campaigns for Donna Karan alongside Jeremy Irons.
45. & 46. Sarah Easley/Beth Buccini, co-owners of Kirna Zabete
Why they’re on the list: The Virginia-born best friends are the talk of our town due to their colorful fashion sense. Always together, neither ever outshines the other. Now that’s friendship.
Style secrets: “I’m either sporty or designer,” says Easley. “I’ll also get into a phase where I’ll rotate five things again and again and again,” mostly Jean Paul Gaultier and Chloe, but sometimes Paragon – “I love Fila.”
“I don’t like things straight up,” says Buccini. “I like things mixed up and off the beaten path,” like Chloe, Gaultier, Balenciaga, Andrew Gin and Peter Som.
47. Amy Fine Collins, writer
Why she’s on the list: Collins, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, is perhaps the most impeccably turned-out journalist in town. Her secret: “To know what you look like in a three-way mirror. After that, know your identity and stick with it. Don’t change it.” She’s so addicted to wearing her Manolos that she claims to be able to date any of his shoes “down to the collection and year.”
Defining fashion moment: Buying her first dress by Geoffrey Beene, the famed New York designer who calls Collins his muse.
48. Bee Schaffer, fashion prodigy
Why she’s on the list: Anna Wintour’s daughter has already been tagged a “fashion editor in training,” but at just 16, she dresses with off-the-rack age-appropriateness, donning fun prep-school sweaters, trendy jeans and sweet, understated dresses. She favors Marc Jacobs, Lacoste, Habitual and Earl denim.
Defining fashion moment: Strutting around in a graphic black-and-white Narciso Rodriguez slip dress at the 2003 CFDA Awards.
49. Eva Amurri, actress
Why she’s on the list: Tall and graceful, Susan Sarandon’s college-aged daughter has become one of the most photographed young women on the New York party scene, thanks to her penchant for colorful dresses by Diane Von Furstenberg and Jill Stuart. Her favorite designer is Todd Oldham.
Defining fashion moment: Walking in to the much-ballyhooed Costume Institute Gala wearing a Zac Posen gown on her body – and the designer on her arm.
50. Kate Spade, handbag maven
Why she’s on the list: She modernized the concept of a signature look – a slightly old-fashioned Miss Porter’s meets Audrey Hepburn style, featuring pretty skirts and dresses, sweater sets, neat updo’s – and she hasn’t strayed since.
Defining fashion moment: The day that she and husband Andy sold their first trademark canvas bag, featuring her name on the tell-tale black label.
Source : https://nypost.com/2003/09/14/theyve-got-the-look/