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This Year's Women of Style

By By The Editors

Portraits by Jay Reilly | Styling by Alex Yáñez, style advisor and personal shopper, Neiman Marcus Fashion Valley | Shot on location at 5219 El Mirlo, Rancho Santa Fe, listed by Catherine and Jason Barry of Barry Estates,


From edgy and sexy to flirty and feminine, these five San Diegans are flaunting their seriously enviable style.

Poised and ambitious, Dr. Dana Alkasmi shares the glamorous garb she dons outside the dentist office.

My fashion philosophy is... understated yet chic always prevails.

My style icon is... my mother, Nihal Alkasmi.

The most cherished piece in my closet has to be... a bejeweled Valentino jacket my mother gave to me from 1980.

I would never leave the house without... heels, a statement bag and jewelry.

My favorite designers are... Balenciaga, Givenchy, Gucci and Lanvin.

But my favorite designer of all time is... Valentino.

When it comes to footwear, I always... look for edgy with a sexy heel.

The one trend I can do without... bandage dresses.

My first fashion moment was... At 8 years old, my mother dressed me from head to toe in Saint Laurent. I was in love with the way it made me feel. That was the beginning of my fashion sense.

In one word, I would describe my style as... unpredictable.

Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds.

Jacket by Chanel; blouse by 3.1 Phillip Lim; skirt by Saint Laurent; heels by Salvatore Ferragamo