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Boston's Women Of Style

By Lisa Pierpont | September 5, 2018 | People Style & Beauty

Acing Boston style means possessing beauty and brains on the inside and outside — and finding inspo from the best.

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CHIC-HUNTER Elly Chou Newbower scours the globe for gorgeous European fashions for the customers of her online company, Newma, where she’s CEO and, clearly, CSO—chief style officer.

Fashion provenance: In high school, my first modeling gig was for Calvin Klein. He was there; Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy did the casting and Kate Moss was in the show. I was terrified! The look was luxurious, modern and clean. It will always stay with me.

On style and substance: I am a Pisces, which is two fish swimming in opposite directions, connected by a cord so they don’t lose each other. I think my personality is a tug and pull between functional and fun.

Style sense: It means embracing yourself. Being authentic. Feeling comfortable in your clothing. I like unfussy classics, and things that feel feminine and chic without effort.

Life motto: Life will work out. Life will work out. Life will work out.

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THE THOUGHT LEADER Harvard University Assistant Professor Sarah Elizabeth Lewis spends her days deep in thought—writing, researching, and teaching art, architecture and African-American studies. Her clothing illustrates that.

Origin of style: My mother was one of the few black models and actresses in the 1970s. I learned from her that representation matters, and that style is a way of expressing your love and gratitude for being able to live.

Define your style: Considered and confident. I try to be considerate of others as much as I am clear about the need to honor myself. I think my style choices reflect that.

Favorite pieces: A jade stone bracelet that I made in a silversmith workshop at the Sundance Institute on my book tour. I lost it, so if anyone finds it, please return it!

Life motto: The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. Stay focused on your dreams and hopes.

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INNER DECOR From Draper Labs to Disney retail projects, Elkus Manfredi Architects principal Elizabeth Lowrey specializes on creating beautiful, innovative spaces. She looks the part too.

Her past: I grew up in the South during the civil rights movement, which influenced me deeply. I learned to transcend boundaries, to not fear but embrace difference.

On style: I learned my sense of style from my parents, who were both artists. I was always surrounded by people from the art and design worlds. As Iris Apfel said, “Personal style is about attitude.”

On personality: My style reflects the way I see myself—a combination of opposites: forward-thinking and a risk taker versus romantic, nostalgic and always open to new ideas.

Life motto: Be brave!

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GLOBE-TROTTER Today it’s Tokyo, tomorrow it’s Paris. Reebok Head of Global Public Relations Michèle Barmash dashes around the planet in smashing couture and, always, always, sneakers.

Your style: I’m adventurous. I love to try new things. I travel a lot and have uniforms (leather pants? I have 10 pairs). But I always mix it up. I am a lover of fashion. I love to push limits.

Cherished pieces: My mother’s wedding band is up there for me. I also love my wedding dress—a white cocktail dress; I now get to work with its designer, Victoria Beckham.

Boutique faves: All Too Human is the only place I shop in Boston.

Life motto: I have two! Life is better when you’re laughing. And from Coco Chanel: “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”

Fashion motto: I often hear my friends say, ‘I could never wear that.’ I want to clarify that you can wear anything you want. All it takes is a little confidence. Life is short. Have fun with fashion!

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RAZZLE-DAZZLE One name, One word. Yolanda. She created a one-woman empire with her former eponymous boutique. Along with various local charities like Wigs for Women on Chemo, Neiman Marcus now taps her expertise. Call her a fashion force of nature.

Fashion roots: My style came from growing up with very little and learning how to sew and create something special. Style is imagination and innovation.

Signature style: I always wear white. All the special times in life you wear white, along with beautiful clouds and sparkling stars. I do like dramatic. I love the feeling of luxury on my body whether it’s soft chiffon, fur or dramatic glitter and jewels.

Over the top: I love to be with people. I love to dance and sing. Fashion gives me the confidence to be myself regardless of what everyone else is wearing. As Audrey Hepburn said, “Life is a party. Dress like it.”

Clothier secrets: I wear local designers like David Joseph, Sondra Celli and Danny Faucher.

Life motto: You can be stunning at 30, charming at 40 and irresistible the rest of your life by staying physically fit and healthy.



Photography by: Photography by Eric Levin