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This Year's Women of Style

The Editors | August 24, 2017 | Feature Features National

Meet four fashionable ladies whose styles are as diverse as their personalities.

LILI DAFTARIAN
This brunette beauty runs The Daftarian Group with her husband, and she’s as savvy with style as she is with real estate.

My fashion rule of thumb is... there is no such thing as too many accessories!

When it comes to fine jewelry, I opt for pieces that are... timeless, elegant and fun.

My makeup must-have is... mascara, mascara, mascara!

In O.C., I shop at... mainly Neiman Marcus at Fashion Island, but I do love the boutiques at South Coast Plaza, especially since a lot of the high-end designer shops have been revamped.

My ultimate fashion splurge is... a toss-up between my Hermès Birkin bag from the Beverly Hills boutique and my Versace dress from the South Coast Plaza boutique that I wore to the 2015 CHOC Cherishes Children Gala.

Handbags—big or small? I used to prefer small, but now with children, bigger is always better!

Stilettos or blocks? Stilettos!

Black or white? It’s too hard to pick just one!

Dress by Roberto Cavalli; Shoes by Christian Louboutin; Necklace and Watch by Van Cleef & Arpels; Cuff by Chanel

BRIANA VARTANIAN
The founder of the Love for Lola nonprofit boasts a big heart and plenty of panache.

The best way to describe my approach to fashion is... to be creative. I sometimes wear headbands as chokers. I rock tights with sneakers or socks with heels. Mix and match pieces that represent your inner soul.

The most cherished piece in my closet has to be... my Junya Watanabe gold loop neckwear and black cape.

As far as accessories go, I prefer... the two Bs—belts and bows.

When I have committee meetings all day, my go-to look is… a blazer and a blouse with a bow, leggings and Valentino heels.

My first fashion moment was... when my mom bought me my first pair of designer sunglasses at age 14. They were green and black Oscar de la Renta oversize frames. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Heels—stilettos or blocks? Always stilettos.

Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds! They make you feel like the gem you are.

Patterns or solids? Patterns are fun and bold. They scream, ‘Hey, I’m here. Where’s the party?’

Dress by Alexis; Zipper-embellished shrug by Sohung; Shoes by Valentino; Watch by Rolex

MARÍN HOWARTH VON BLÖM
The co-owner of ARC, Restaurant Marin and The Guild knows that boldness and creativity go hand in hand in food and fashion.

The best style advice I ever received was… ‘It’s always classy to be classy.’ My husband, Noah, and I have adopted it as our motto.

I would never… wear those jean shorts with my booty hanging out.

My favorite designers are… I don’t have any. I am an equal-opportunity fashionista.

When it comes to footwear, I… love AGL flats—so comfortable and stylish.

In regard to jewelry... I always rock this Me&Ro necklace that I won more than a decade ago. I wear it every day, and the original chain wore away, so I replaced it with a longer gold chain. It’s my lucky charm.

My makeup must-have is… eyeliner! You can conquer the world with a little cat eye!

The one trend I can’t live without is… cutouts—I love cutouts!

Patterns or solids? Patterns and solids!

Dress by BCBG; Shoes by Badgley Mischka

SUNNY RAVANBACH
For this widely sought-after event planner and founder of White Lilac Inc., fashion is an art form.

My style icon… is just about anyone who captures my eyes and entices my imagination.

My best style advice is… to be utterly comfortable in your clothing—it’s a reflection of your inner self.

In terms of wardrobe… I would never say never to anything! You have to try different looks and brands to create a unique style that belongs to you.

The most cherished item in my wardrobe is… a Saint Laurent purse from the 1970s given to me by my mother.

I never leave the house without… my sunglasses—the best, best way to hide the bags under my eyes and to add a touch of whimsy to my day!

My favorite designer for ready-to-wear is… Roland Mouret—his clothes are beautifully tailored, sleek and classic.

When it comes to footwear, I always opt for… comfort. I am not willing to suffer for fashion.

As far as accessories go… I’m obsessed with headbands and sunglasses. They can turn a pair of jeans and T-shirt into a unique ensemble.

Dress by Marchesa, which Ravanbach shortened and restyled for a tutu look; Shoes by Gianvito Rossi



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