Shareen Mitchell Owner, Shareen Vintage
Because she worked at Vogue under Polly Allen Mellen when Grace Mirabella was the editor in chief. Because she opened her LA store, Shareen Vintage, in 2006, giving Angelenos an affordable option in vintage shopping (a New York outpost opened in 2009). Because she has had everyone from Yves Saint Laurent designers to André Leon Talley in her store. Because she describes her personal style as “sophisticated gypsy meets English schoolgirl meets fashionable nun.” Because she wears vintage every day, and most of it is not designer. Because in April a show about her store, Dresscue Me, premieres on Planet Green. Because she believes fashion is a vocabulary that allows her to speak on “self-expression, self-esteem and love in all of its forms.” Because we hear her loud and clear.
Vintage pant suit, Travilla. Shareen Vintage, 1721 N. Spring St., LA; shareenvintage.com. Shoes, Prada. 343 N. Rodeo Dr Beverly Hills; prada.com. Hair by Sarah Merrie at Hairroin Salon Makeup by Natasha Marcelina.
Avi Brosh Founder and president, By Palisades development group (owners of Palihouse)
Because growing up on the East Coast attending prep schools and showing horses defined his personal sense of style. Because that world created in him a fashion sense he explains as “a vigilante yet effortless commitment to all things classic, mixed with hand-me-downs and heirlooms.” Because he takes a “uniform approach” to his wardrobe, which allows him to look impeccable without giving fashion too much thought. Because for as long as he can remember, he has been enamored with the aesthetics and style of people, places and things. Because in a city where hot spots come and go at rapid speed, his Palihouse manages to remain one of the quietly cool places to both hang out and check in.
Jen Rade Stylist
Because if you can style Angelina Jolie and Cher in the same week, you have a keen and indescribable understanding of personal style. Because she says her biggest fashion moment is a toss-up between her Gunne Sax bat mitzvah dress and her Jessica McClintock prom gown—both were lavender with ruffles. Because when she walks into a room, you know it—and not only because of that wild, curly hair. Because she started by styling music videos and has evolved into styling the most A-list stars in the world. Because she makes decisions based on what she likes and what her client likes, not based on what she’s afraid the media will say. Because she believes styling is about getting to know someone and helping him or her know themselves. Because she says fashion is not her life—people are.
Shirt, AndrewLauren. Blazer, L’Agence. Barneys New York, 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; barneys.com. Jeans, Banana Republic. The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., LA; bananarepublic.com. Necklace, OscardelaRenta. 8446 Melrose Pl., LA; oscardelarenta.com. Shoes, Gucci. 347 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills; gucci.com. Hair and makeup by Allan Avendaño at Opus Beauty
Brooke Davenport Philanthropist, mother and woman about town
Because whether she’s attending an intimate dinner for a designer or a gala, she always looks impeccable. Because her style icons are Paloma Picasso, Coco Chanel and Betsy Bloomingdale. Because those women may influence her style, but she learned everything she knows about fashion from her late mother. Because she attended The Costume Institute Gala Benefit as a guest of Valentino when he was honored with the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. Because years ago she started to buy fabric to execute her own fashion ideas, and those have ended up being some of her favorite pieces. Because sometimes just seeing someone with so much innate style inspires us to push our own fashion boundaries.
Cameron Silver Owner, Decades boutiques in LA and London; co-owner Decadestwo.1; creative director, Decades Denim
Because he helped make LA the vintage capital of the world. Because he has dressed everyone from Nicole Kidman to Cate Blanchett to Jennifer Lopez in iconic looks since opening his vintage designer boutique in 1997. Because he believes “in a world where everything is ubiquitous, vintage is an opportunity to be distinctive in something from the past that is totally relevant today.” Because despite carrying some of the most expensive and rare designs of years past, he launched Decades Denim last year, an affordable line of jeans and clothes that retails for $200 and less. Because he was named one of Time’s “25 Most Influential Names and Faces in Fashion.” Because if we’re talking about how long the pieces in his store will be chic, we should rename it Centuries.