25 Most Stylish Bostonians 2012
25 Most Stylish Bostonians 2012
"Wearing your phone on your belt is gauche, and carrying around a game console is itself a little odd, but wearing your technology on your sleeve is kind of what everyone’s trying to do." -- Boch
DUNCAN HUGHES. Age: 47. Occupation: Founder of Duncan Hughes Interiors. Residence: South End.
"I shop for furniture and clothing in the same way. I’m looking for quality, value, proper scale, and the ability to work well with other pieces. I avoid shopping at mass merchandizers for clients, and I do the same with fashion."
ANNE HAWLEY. Age: “I can’t tell you that." Occupation: Director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Residence: Cambridge.
In the museum “we’re so aware of fabric and tapestry and damask because we’re around it all the time. It’s influenced my love of fabrics. “Renzo [Piano] is a very casual dresser. He wore the same sweater for most of our meetings over the seven years.”
TINA BURGOS. Age: 39. Occupation: Director of women’s buying at karmaloop.com. Residence: Needham.
"People always think of fall as very serious and slightly dreary, especially as you get into the winter months. Having prints in your wardrobe — they could be floral, geometric, stripes, polka dots — makes you feel better."
DAVID MANFREDI. Age: 61. Occupation: A founding principal of Elkus Manfredi Architects. Residence: South End.
"What’s incredible to me is that we’re participating in the building of a neighborhood almost in the heart of a city that’s not a new city." “I’ve had a mustache since I was in college…. I’ve gone through many different cycles of when a mustache was popular and unpopular.”
SHEA ROSE. Age: “Twenties." Occupation: Singer, songwriter, musician. Residence: Boston.
“I cut all my hair off in 2007, and from then on I never put any chemicals in it. I always look back to powerful women, iconic women — [funk singer] Betty Davis, Pam Grier, Angela Davis, and of course my mother. She was like, ‘I wore my hair like that when you were born!’”
VICTOR FLORES. Age: 32. Occupation: Personal shopper in designer and couture at Neiman Marcus. Residence: Beacon Hill.
"I’m an anomaly because I’m a guy doing this. Really what I do is help a lady feel sexy but confident. In a classy way."
JESSICA SUTTON. Age: 30. Occupation: Owner and creative director of JSGD, cofounder of Directory B. Residence: Somerville.
"I try to steer clear of trends; it’s not worth it from a budget point of view. I like things that are comfortable and will last for a while."
LEE NGUYEN. Age: 25. Occupation: Midfielder for New England Revolution. Residence: Brighton.
"A lot of Spanish and Italian players have long hair, but I started growing mine out recently, in the past year, when I was playing in Vietnam, where everyone has short hair. I wanted to look different."
ANTHONY TRECEK-KING. Age: 36. Occupation: Artistic director of the Boston Children’s Chorus. Residence: Hingham.
"I try be fun no matter what. It’s an opportunity to display a little whimsy: ties, glasses, vests. I’ve also gotten really into socks. Colorful ones but not too casual, no cartoon characters!"
KATIE RODGERS. Age: 26. Occupation: Illustrator. Residence: Cambridge.
"People are always surprised when they meet me because I dress pretty simple—in subdued, neutral colors — and they expect me to be as colorful as my work is."
JACKIE FRASER-SWAN. Age: 31. Occupation: Fashion designer for Emerson. Residence: East Bridgewater.
"I love what I come up with. I think it’s exciting to wear something that I designed. I’d say 50 percent of the time I wear my own designs."
NERI OXMAN. Age: 36. Occupation: Designer and innovator, assistant professor of media arts and sciences, MIT Media Lab. Residence: Brookline.
“Given the work that I do, the world that engages my thinking is so complex and multifaceted, I like to simplify it in the way that I dress.”
SIMON MAIS. Age: 42. Occupation: General manager of Revere Hotel Boston Common. Residence: Lynnfield.
“I like watches — I have 18. [And] I think the combination of great shoes and a great belt can make an outfit gel really well together.”
DEBRA FOLZ. Age: 32. Occupation: Furniture designer. Residence: Beacon Hill.
“I have to think about being a part of the whole impression of my work, so I did take a little bit more time and care in considering how I look alongside the furniture because I’m standing with it. I’m actually part of the package.”
BLYTHE RUSSO. Age: 29. Occupation: Graphic designer and photographer at dance night Videodrome Discotheque. Residence: Waltham.
“I like to wear things that make me feel very confident, reflect my mood, and make sure that the night is a fun thing for me to do. I want to channel the vibe of pop and disco, so I like to wear sparkly things.”
VIVEK PATEL and RADHIKA RANA. Age: 25 and 31. Occupation: Co-owners of Vira boutique. Residence: Burlington and Somerville.
“When I lived in New York, I worked part time in a boutique, and a lot of customers were actually from Boston — they were coming to New York to shop. We wanted to bring what they were looking for back home.” -- Radhika.“Boston needed more help fashion-wise. Boston has a lot of potential, but people are less likely to take risks.” -- Vivek.
NICK MATHEWS. Age: 24. Occupation: Community manager of car service Uber. Residence: Allston.
"I would almost use the term 'frat casual' with the way I dress.... Really, really casual, but at the same time it can be cleaned up when it needs to, like for a charity gala or something."
MAGGIE GOLD SEELIG. Age: 38. Occupation: Real estate adviser and broker. Residence: Cambridge.
"Part of my [real estate] process is to study personal aesthetics — clothing, furniture, art. With couples, there’s often a juxtaposition of taste, which can be really interesting."
JULIAN LEWIS. Age: 28. Occupation: Digital media supervisor for Hill Holliday. Residence: North End.
“When Pinterest came along, it was kind of a cool way to see what everyone else was wearing. It was cool to pick different pieces that other people wear and then bring them into my wardrobe.”
BLESSING MAZARURA. Age: 36. Occupation. Fashion designer for Bless by Bless (models are wearing his designs). Residence: Leather District.
"I like to call it 'street couture' because being a young designer, I get sample fabrics from stores. If you go back two weeks later, it’s not there anymore.”
ABIGAIL GOODMAN. Age: 36. Occupation: Independent curator. Residence: Cambridge.
“I prefer to buy one thing of better quality than 20 of lesser. And I like pieces with staying power.”
PAUL HA. Age: 49. Occupation: Director of the MIT List Visual Arts Center. Residence: Brookline.
“For me it’s all about a uniform. Like the other MIT people, it’s about efficiency. I have a closet full of dark suits, white shirts, and black shoes. That’s my uniform.”
ANKICA POGORZELSKI KOLDZIC. Age: 30. Occupation: Manager of special events at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Residence: Somerville.
“It’s Boston, so people dress very classically, with a twist. It’s not too out there. It’s never too out there, but it’s always fashion forward. That’s how I see myself as well.”
“I’m addicted to cowboy boots. I’m going to incorporate them into almost every outfit this fall.” -- Kimberly. “I love short motorcycle jackets. They look good with dresses, with jeans, with everything.” -- Alexis.