At Modern Luxury, connection and community define who we are. We use cookies to improve the Modern Luxury experience - to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. We also may share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. We take your privacy seriously and want you to be aware that we have recently made changes to our Privacy Policy, which can be found here.


This Year's Women of Style

BY The Editors | August 29, 2017 | Feature Features National

Their closets brim with couture, and these DC dynamos showcase the happy marriage of professional success and unyielding style.

Danai Mattison Sky
When it comes to luxury real estate, this DC native knows every gilded inch of the city.

The best way to describe my approach to fashion is… classic, with a spicy twist.

My fashion philosophy is: Always dress to impress. I got this from my mom, who always reminds of this. Coco Chanel also said, ‘Dress shabbily, and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.’ I couldn’t agree more!

My favorite designers are... Diane Von Furstenberg—her wrap dresses are my favorite. They’re so figure-flattering and can be dressed up or down. And I love Karl Lagerfeld—the way he has carried on the Chanel legacy is wonderful.

As far as accessories go, I prefer... not to overdo it. I have staple pieces that I wear from day to day, including my Yurman bangles, Rolex watch, engagement ring-wedding ring and diamond studs.

For a special event, I’ll always go with a statement earring or necklace—never both—and a bracelet.

Stilettos or blocks? Stilettos—it’s such a sexy look… and hopefully they’re comfy.

Black or white? Black and white—classic!

Christina Lombardi
With the launch of her new eponymous Italian shoe line, this New York City transplant has taken the District by storm.

The best way to describe my approach to fashion is: I need to be comfortable, look fabulous and throw on pieces that don’t require a ton of effort.

My style icon is… my grandmother—she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and drew advertisements in newspapers for department stores. She always had the most amazing costume jewelry and silk blouses. I recently found a picture of her from before I was born, and she was wearing a tuxedo to a wedding she attended—with a red bow tie.

I never leave home without… my sunglasses. They really enhance a look, and I’m really into Prada’s styles this season.

My favorite designers are… Dolce & Gabbana. They make the most beautiful pieces and send such a great message of love.

When it comes to footwear, always… have fun. Shoes can make or break an outfit. And they can make or break your confidence if they aren’t comfortable. As a woman designing for women, it’s very important for me to strike the balance of glamour, fun and comfort. Footwear should always empower women.

Julie Kent
The former principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre and new head of The Washington Ballet always opts for effortless chic.

The best way to describe my approach to fashion is: Wear what you like and what you feel represents you.

In terms of wardrobe... I never say never.

My favorite designers are... Isaac Mizrahi—who is a friend—Reem Acra, Dianne VonFurstenburg, Issey Miyake and Junya Watanabe.

Regarding jewelry, I opt for... wearing pieces that have personal meaning for me.

Fashion icon worth emulating: There are many great ladies of style, but it’s better to find your own voice.

My first fashion (freak out) moment was... leaving a borrowed Oscar de la Renta gown—that he selected for me and fitted—in the airplane closet on my way to the L.A. premiere of the movie Dancers! I ran back to that plane as fast as I could, and, thankfully, it was still there!

Monling Lee
This accomplished architect and urban designer showcases her style in the office—and via ColorIndex.

The best way to describe my approach to fashion is... that I’m a minimal colorist. I prefer garments that are minimal in decoration and hardware, and ones with high visual impact through structured silhouettes and unexpected use of color.

My style icons are... Miroslava Duma, Caroline Issa, Yasmin Sewell and Vika Gazinskaya.

My fashion philosophy is: Always wear at least two non-neutral colors together since colors interact and complement each other in magical ways.

I never leave the house without... wearing something fun, whether it’s a pair of mood-altering shoes or an outrageous shade of nail polish.

In DC, I love shopping for the… curated contemporary designer pieces at Relish in Cady’s Alley. To check out products that are sourced closer to home, I go to Steadfast Supply and Redeem.

When meeting clients all day, my favorite style is… statement separates in bold colors. I find that wearing a chartreuse blazer, for instance, usually commands full attention.

The one trend I can’t live without is… fuffled garments—they’re still too much fun to wear every season!

Maggy Francois
This CEO of one of the city’s finest event-design and production companies believes fashion is all about taking risks.

The best way to describe my approach to fashion is... that it’s an armor and needed for everyday survival. We can’t leave the house without it.

As far as accessories go, I prefer... rings and the perfect timepiece.

Regarding jewelry, I opt for... minimal elegance.

When meeting clients all day, my favorite style is… to always overdress.

My ultimate fashion splurges are… Chanel and Givenchy. Favorite designers of all time are… Naeem Khan, Rachel Roy and Byron Lars.

My first fashion moment was... when I rolled up my uniform skirt in high school to make it a miniskirt. I felt like a rebel.

Diamonds or pearls? You’re not going to make me choose, right?

Robin Koval
The New York Times best-selling author and CEO of the Truth Initiative loves classic looks with a twist.

The best style advice I ever received was... dress for the position you want, not the one you have.

My secret weapon when it comes to fashion is... my good friend and stylist Jill Heller in New York. She’s a genius.

When meeting clients or for an on-camera interview, my favorite style is: Never wear anything new. You don’t want any surprises on a big day.

When it comes to footwear, I always... use shoe trees! I have older shoes that look brand-new. Get the old-fashioned cedar wood kind, and put them in as soon as you take your shoes off.

My ultimate fashion splurge is... a great jacket. Right now, I’m in love with the blazers from The Row.

Stilettos or blocks? Stilettos for dinner; blocks for everything else.

Black or white? Both, but never wear white with red lipstick—I have the cleaning bills to prove it!

Photography Courtesy Of: