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This Year's Women of Style

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

From edgy and sexy to flirty and feminine, these five San Diegans are flaunting their seriously enviable style.

THE DOCTOR IS IN
Poised and ambitious, Dr. Dana Alkasmi shares the glamorous garb she dons outside the dentist office.

My fashion philosophy is... understated yet chic always prevails.

My style icon is... my mother, Nihal Alkasmi.

The most cherished piece in my closet has to be... a bejeweled Valentino jacket my mother gave to me from 1980.

I would never leave the house without... heels, a statement bag and jewelry.

My favorite designers are... Balenciaga, Givenchy, Gucci and Lanvin.

But my favorite designer of all time is... Valentino.

When it comes to footwear, I always... look for edgy with a sexy heel.

The one trend I can do without... bandage dresses.

My first fashion moment was... At 8 years old, my mother dressed me from head to toe in Saint Laurent. I was in love with the way it made me feel. That was the beginning of my fashion sense.

In one word, I would describe my style as... unpredictable.

Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds.

Jacket by Chanel; blouse by 3.1 Phillip Lim; skirt by Saint Laurent; heels by Salvatore Ferragamo

WALK THIS WAY
With a penchant for eye-catching heels, Grasswalkers founder Sheryl White puts her best foot forward.

The best way to describe my approach to fashion is... I try not to be boring. I like interesting shapes.

My style icon is... Victoria Beckham.

The best style advice I ever received was... Throw away the hosiery.

My fashion philosophy is... Great fit is everything.

I never leave the house without... my cellphone and lipstick.

My favorite designer of all time is... Naeem Khan.

When it comes to footwear, I always... go high and outrageous.

As far as accessories go, I love... embellished purses.

In San Diego, I shop at... Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom at Fashion Valley.

My secret weapon when it comes to fashion is... my personal trainer. I stay strong so I can wear everything I want to wear.

I would love to swap closets with... Karen Cohn and Valerie Cooper.

Stilettos or blocks? STILETTOS!

Dress by Tom Ford; belt by Oscar de la Renta; heels by Alexander McQueen

BELLE OF THE BALL
An avid philanthropist and Art Alive 2018 co-chair, Valerie Cooper takes us inside her awe-inspiring wardrobe.

My fashion philosophy is... Never get rid of anything without serious thought. If it is fabulous, it will always come back in style.

My style icon is... my sister-in-law, Gloria Vanderbilt.

I never leave the house without... a smile.

My favorite designers are... Alaïa, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Jenny Packham and Marchesa.

But my favorite designer of all time is... Dior.

As far as accessories go... more is better. I prefer large statement pieces.

My ultimate fashion splurge is... Dior couture.

The one trend I can’t live without... good leather leggings.

My first fashion moment was... the first Bob Mackie gown I wore.

I would describe my style as... fun with some rock ’n’ roll—always with bling.

My signature look is... statement jackets and coats.

Black or white? Black.

Dress by Erdem; heels by Rene Caovilla

THE DIGITAL DARLING
A blogger approaching the coveted 1 million mark on Instagram, Erica Hoida breaks down her picture-perfect aesthetic.

The best way to describe my approach to fashion is... perfectly imperfect. I like something to be a little off to create an effortless vibe.

My style icons are... Kate Moss and Marissa Webb.

My fashion philosophy is... only wear what makes you feel amazing. Confidence is key.

The most cherished piece in my closet has to be... my Dsquared2 leather jacket.

My favorite designers are... Burberry, Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Tom Ford and Alexander Wang.

When it comes to footwear, I always... want a statement.

As far as accessories go, I prefer... to go for glamour.

In regard to jewelry, I opt for... statement pieces. Bold is better.

I draw fashion inspiration from... modern art and architecture.

In one word, I would describe my style as... edgy.

Bags: big or small? Small.

Silver or gold? Both!

Black or white? Black.

Top and pants by Marissa Webb; bag by Chanel; heels by Rupert Sanderson

BLAZING NEW TRAILS
A former model, Nadia Gastelum has turned her daughter’s special needs into a passion for fashion design and fundraising.

The best way to describe my approach to fashion is... Don’t care what people think or say about what you wear. If it feels right, go for it!

My style icon is... Maria Felix.

The most cherished piece in my closet has to be... my Chanel Boy bag.

I never leave the house without... my beloved Bella necklace. On the back it says, ‘I choose life.’

My favorite designers are... Chanel, Dior and Oscar de la Renta.

When it comes to footwear... My current go-tos are my Michael Kors tennis shoes because I’m pregnant.But I love my Jimmy Choos, too!

In regard to jewelry... I’m obsessed with my engagement ring designed by John Matty Co. and my fiancé, Ruben Islas.

When I meet with clients, my style is... strong. I wear outfits that say, ‘I got this!’

Dresses or pants? Pants. They make me feel like the boss lady!

Coat by Tocca; dress by Halston; bag and shoes by Jimmy Choo

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