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Dramatic floral prints wow at night.

Tina Sutton

MARINA SOMMADOSSI

  • 45 / BOSTON

  • > Sommadossi is the image of a John Singer Sargent painting in this Badgley Mischka floral tapestry-patchwork gown (bought many years ago in San Francisco). A collector of Russian modern art — she was born in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg — the investment banker gravitates toward rich textures and colors.

  • > Sommadossi also collects jewelry by Verdura (the designer of Coco Chanel’s first baubles), as in this exquisite drop-pendant necklace and gold cuff. When you purchase fine pieces, you wear them again and again, she says.

  • > Adding to the period elegance of the ensemble is this green-cast gold metallic shawl, which she unearthed in her closet.

  • Favorite Stores Chanel, Riccardi, Louis


Tina Sutton

ALEXANDRA LAZARES

  • 19 / MILTON

  • > No basic black for Lazares, who prefers colorful prints like this mod floral gown by Roland Nivelais (from Neiman Marcus). She tucked in the straps for a cleaner neckline.

  • > “My earrings are just like Kate Middleton’s,” says the Colgate University student. “My dad knew she’s one of my style icons, so he bought them for me in London.”

  • > At 5 feet 11 inches, Lazares favors flats like these Jimmy Choo beaded sandals (from Neiman Marcus). “I like to be on eye level with people,” says the teen, who started a charitable fund in honor of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old killed in the Marathon bombings, whom she had tutored.

  • Favorite Stores Scoop NYC, Pinkyotto, Neiman Marcus

Tina Sutton

HANNAH M. GROVE

  • 48 / BACK BAY

  • > “I was brought up in Europe, where fashion is really art and an investment,” says the London-born transplant. Grove never tires of wearing this Carolina Herrera gown (from Neiman Marcus four years ago), which she says is light as a feather.

  • > State Street’s chief marketing officer, Grove is as practical as she is stylish. She loves that the gown has pockets and her mint-green satin evening bag “holds everything!” A gift from her late fashion-plate mother, the Prada bag is also a sentimental favorite.

  • > Speaking of sentimental, Grove’s sleek Cartier Love bracelets are gifts from her husband, one for each of the two decades they’ve been married.

  • Favorite Stores Barneys, Good, and Colonial Drug “for perfume and all my British brands like Pears soap”

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