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Women of Style 2018

By Phebe Wahl

Photography by Gregg Delman

08.28.18

Five Manhattan mavens share their sartorial secrets—and prove that style is a deeply personal pursuit.

YVONNE FORCE VILLAREAL 
The founding partner of Culture Corps and co-founder of Art Production Fund views fashion as a fine art.

My most empowering fashion moments have been... participating in Burning Man for the last 11 years. In the Black Rock Desert, I become my fantasy version of myself. Some of my designer friends (Lucy Barnes, Bonnie Young) have collaborated with me to make unique outfits. This has turned into me now making my own garb.
I feel fashion and art intersect because... fashion is my self-made uniform—an armor, a frame and, at times, just sheer entertainment. Both great fashion and art have an element of magic that is indescribable.
I wish my closet was... the Halston archive: sexy, sophisticated, with a pinch of sleaze.
The best style advice I ever got was... DO NOT tone down as you age: Be a pro-ager and further develop your unique style. Get more extreme, not less.

Dress BY Bonnie Young,Spring/Summer 2019; Yoko Ono “DOORS” (2011) Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery; Robin F. Williams “In the Gutter” (2015) courtesy of the artist and P.P.O.W, New York