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Women of Style 2018

By Laura Eckstein Jones and Sari Anne Tuschman

Photography by Kimberly Genevieve


Five L.A. tastemakers unveil their wardrobe inspiration—and decode how to stand out in a sea of sartorial sameness.

Lauren Gores Ireland’s busy lifestyle informs her streamlined look.

A piece I wear that empowers me is... a great pair of heels. I even wear them for business calls at home. I first knew I was a style-setter when... my 6-year-old niece told me she dressed up like me for a play date! The best style advice I ever received was... wear pieces that make me feel like ME, rather than merely following a trend. My fashion philosophy is... the more confident you feel, the more empowered you’ll be. When meeting clients all day, my favorite style is… high-waisted denim, a cropped sweater and pumps. My favorite designers are... J Brand, Mara Hoffman and Zimmermann. In regards to jewelry, I opt for... delicate pieces with sentimental meaning, like my necklace with my son’s name and my grandmother’s wedding rings. My makeup approach is... glowy and minimal—I like my freckles to show. I never leave the house without... tinted lip balm, sunglasses and my Summer Fridays Jet Lag mask. My secret weapon is... good tailoring!

Tailored threads with a feminine edge are blogger Marianna Hewitt’s power pieces.

The best way to describe my approach to fashion is... keep it simple. The best style advice I ever received was... ‘Dress for your body type.’ The most cherished pieces in my closet have to be... my Chanel bags. My favorite designers are... Alexander Wang and Andrea Lieberman of A.L.C. When it comes to footwear, I always... have a pair of flats in my car. As far as accessories go, I prefer... dainty. In regards to jewelry, I opt for... rose gold. My makeup approach is... good skincare makes everything else look better. In L.A., I shop at... Reformation and Intermix. Favorite designer of all time... Alaia. Ultimate trendsetter of today... anyone styled by Elizabeth Sulcer. My first fashion moment was... my first time attending Paris Fashion Week with Dior. Bags: big or small? Small. Stilettos or blocks? Stilettos. Black or white? White. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds. Dresses or pants? Pants. Patterns or solids? Solids.