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This Year's Women of Style

The Editors | August 24, 2017 | Feature Features National

Highland Park Village plays backdrop for five of Dallas' most stylish.

Necklace, $1,010, by Anne Sisteron; bracelet, $2,420, and multistone bar ring, $1,500, both by Ilana Ariel; all at Market, Highland Park Village; Tresor de Tribale ring, $360, by Dior, Highland Park Village.

Catherine Lowe
Graphic designer and founder of paper goods company LoweCo.

In terms of wardrobe, I would never... show too much skin.

The most cherished pieces in my closet have to be... the three gowns that symbolize my relationship with Sean, my husband: the one I wore the night I met him; the one I wore the night he proposed; and the one I wore the night we got married.

My favorite designers are... Robert Rodriguez, Victoria Beckham, Delpozo and Iris van Herpen.

When it comes to footwear... I prefer to be barefoot, but for heels, the higher the better!

In regard to jewelry, I opt for... very delicate gold pieces or big fun statement pieces.

My makeup approach is... Super natural, not supernatural.

A fashion icon worth emulating is... I was recently told I resemble Nancy Kwan of the ’60s, and I’ve never been more flattered. I would love to dress more like she did.

Hair by Frédéric fekkai; Hair by Dior Beauty, Highland Park Village

Earrings, $7,940, and wrapped vine ring, $4,030, both by Jamie Wolf; white opal ring, $5,722, by Kimberly McDonald; all at Market, Highland Park Village.

Jamie O’Banion
Beauty entrepreneur and creator of the GloPRO

The best way to describe my approach to fashion is... keep it simple, classic and transitional. My day can go from board meeting to carpool to cocktail within minutes, and I often don’t have time to change.

The best style advice I ever received was... dress for you. Learn which shapes best complement yours and don’t feel compelled to invest or dress in a trend that doesn’t feel true to your personal style.

My makeup approach is... that the best makeup is well-cared for skin. I exclusively use our BeautyBio products and stay out of the sun to keep my skin in healthy condition.

In Dallas, when I shop... I do 95 percent of my shopping online—Moda Operandi, Neiman Marcus and Net-A-Porter are some I regularly frequent. However, my absolute favorite in Dallas is Hadleigh’s in Highland Park Village.

Flowers courtesy of Avant Garden

Shoes, $895, by Christian Louboutin; bag, $2,350, by Fendi; earrings, $25,245, and opal gold cuff, $8,885, both by Kimberly McDonald; pavé ring, $1,600, and beaded bracelets, from $800, all by Sheryl Lowe; all at Market, Highland Park Village.

Bina Patel
Trial attorney and philanthropist

My style icon is... Victoria Beckham. This is a woman who truly keeps it all together. Her life translates to her style of strong, serious pieces with a hint of femininity.

My fashion philosophy is... know your audience but keep your style. Fashion can work both against you or for you depending on who you are with. For example, being overdressed in a room of jurors can communicate that you are not relatable, but dressing in your own personal style can tell them a unique story about who you are.

When it comes to footwear... I like the ol’ bait and switch. I drive and run around everywhere in wedges or flats because I need to be quick enough to get an overly ambitious number of things done every day. Then, right before I step out of the car for an event or to court, I slip into the power heels.

In regard to ear jewelry... I opt for extremes. Amazing diamond studs or crazy statement earrings.

Hair by Frédéric Fekkai; Hair by Dior Beauty, Highland Park Village

Rebekah Finley
Vice president of The Michael Finley Foundation

My makeup approach is... natural with a little bronzer, mascara and my fave By Terry lip balm.

Bags: BIG. I have three children and I need to be able to throw a lot in my bag yet still be fashionable.

I never leave the house without my... Cartier Love bracelets. I have five and they all have a special meaning for me. They go where I go. I never take them off!

My ultimate fashion splurge is... my Hermès bags. They are timeless. I hope to pass them on to my daughters one day.

My fashion philosophy is... “Do you.” I do what feels good to me. I stay true to what I feel I look best in and stick with it. Trying to emulate others can
become frustrating.

The best way to describe my approach to fashion is... edgy chic. I love to push the limits—just a little—but still maintain a chic look.

Styled by Diamond Mahone and Kristin Dodson Smith

Lisa Cooley
2017 chair of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala

The best style advice I ever received was... that you don’t want something because it’s beautiful, you want something that looks beautiful on you.

Favorite designers are... Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrera and Dolce & Gabbana.

My favorite designer of all time is... Christian Dior. His vintage pieces and how they complemented a woman’s figure were truly works of art.

My makeup approach is... dictated by the event and what I’m wearing. Anything from simple and relaxed to full-on smoky eye glam.

My secret weapon when it comes to fashion is... a great accessory. It can totally transform an outfit. A little fur, feathers or other texture can really take something up a notch, whereas a cool avant-garde piece can take a conservative outfit and give it a little something extra but still be appropriate for the occasion.

Favorite trendsetter of the day is... J-Lo, hands down. She works so many different looks and does them effortlessly. There isn’t a look, hairstyle or color she won’t try. I think she inspires women to get out of their comfort zones.

Flowers courtesy of Avant Garden


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