Acing Boston style means possessing beauty and brains on the inside and outside — and finding inspo from the best.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 Eric Levin
January 14, 2019