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Women of Style 2018

BY Riki Altman-Yee and Christine Schott Ledes | March 9, 2018 | Feature Features National

Arguably, Palm Beach has always had a look all its own, yet some women effortlessly take it to a new level. Meet a handful of ladies who consistently ace the style game.
Aerin Lauder

BETH ASCHENBACH & DANIELLE NORCROSS
Juggling motherhood and being trend-forward is all in a day’s work for the fashion-forward sisters behind the Palm Beach Lately blog.

ASCHENBACH:
My first fashion memory is… around the age of 3, I started having an opinion and wanting to dress myself. Our mom always dressed us in matching clothes until we were around 10.
For spring I’m coveting… the perfect blush ruffle bathing suit.
My sister is… very Jackie O. She wears more colors than I do.
Our blog covers… fashion, home and travel. My style advice is… personal style should be what you feel most comfortable in. And that’s different for everyone.

NORCROSS:
Our goal with the blog is… to spread Palm Beach Island lifestyle and bring it to the masses. We love that vacation-feel and staying true to that year-round summery vibe.
We love to shop… a lot of female entrepreneurs who have their own clothing and accessories lines like Neely & Chloe and Elizabeth Wilson Designs.
My style is… feminine and playful. I love florals and patterns, and am always inspired by retro looks.

Photo by Nicholas Mele

SHARON BUSH
Casual elegance best describes the personal style of this former daughter-in-law of President George H.W. Bush; former sister-in-law of President George W. Bush; mother of three: Lauren, Pierce and Ashley; and grandmother of one (so far)...

I love clothes and inherited my love of fabrics and style from… my recently departed and most amazing Italian mother.
Since buying an apartment in Palm Beach… I’ve been busy organizing a fundraiser for Cristo Rey Brooklyn—a Catholic high school that educates young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service.
I have always tried to live my life by the quote… ‘If you give more than you get, you get more than you give.’
Friends and family first… whether it be a piece from my daughter, Lauren Bush Lauren’s FEED Projects collection; my son-in-law’s Polo Ralph Lauren brand; or from a friend’s store, like Sequin, I always try to incorporate pieces into my wardrobe that support my friends and family’s projects and causes.
Here, Sharon is shown wearing… designs by Tashia available at Sequin on Worth Avenue.

Photo by Nicholas Mele

ARIANA ROCKEFELLER
The textbook definition of American style, this Wellington resident and competing equestrian infuses her passion for the sport into her namesake fashion line.

My go-to outfit is… my literal uniform for riding.
But, if I’m going formal I’ll don… a pair of earrings my grandfather gave to me that used to be my grandmother’s, designed by Raymond [C.] Yard, our family’s jeweler starting back in the 1920s. And I have been wearing quite a bit of Elizabeth Kennedy. She’s a friend, and she designs evening gowns.
My style icons include… Abby Aldrich [Rockefeller]. She was a big inspiration for my collection. And one of my grandparents’ best friends, Brooke Astor.
My style philosophy is… always feel comfortable.
I launched my line in 2011 because… I have a classic, all-American equestrian style that’s quite authentic to who I am, and connecting the name to that lifestyle is a powerful thing. My perspective as a Rockefeller woman is unique. Though the name is well-known, we’ve been relatively private people. It’s not a flashy perspective.

Photo by Nicholas Mele

AERIN LAUDER
Founder and creative director of AERIN the lifestyle brand discusses her new Palm Beach store and what she inherited from her iconic grandmother.

My personal style can best be described as… feminine and effortless. Depending on the season, I wear a black or navy blazer constantly, and in the spring/summer, I do seersucker or pale colors.
The one item I cannot live without is… in the summertime, I do not leave the house without one of my AERIN raffia pouches.
Palm Beach style is… about color and straw. I love looking at women carrying a straw bag, wearing touches of color, great white pants and beautiful sandals.
Exclusive to my Palm Beach boutique is… Coral Palm, a fragrance that comes in a really pretty rollerball ($30) in a beautiful pattern. It’s very tropical and beachy, with notes of coconut.
The reason I chose to open my second AERIN boutique on Via Mizner is… Palm Beach has amazing memories for me. Many of Estée’s fragrances and packages were inspired by her love of Palm Beach, which has translated to me. It’s absolute paradise.

Photo by Claiborne Swanson Frank

LISACOHEN
Editorial director, mother, wife, fashion maven, impeccable host—is there anything she doesn’t do?

Living and dressing artfully... is my style motto as founder and editorial director of Galerie magazine.
My passion for art and design goes back to… my college days. I studied art history at Barnard College, from the architecture of the ancient Greeks to the modern art work of Milton Avery, with a special love for the old masters.
After college… I worked at House Beautiful and Interiors magazines, and earned a degree from the New York School of Interior Design. Before launching my own publication, I also served as the home editor of DuJour magazine.
Married to… Hudson News’ James Cohen, with whom I have four children, and four magnificent homes in Manhattan; East Hampton, N.Y.; Alpine, N.J.; and Palm Beach.
My personal style… incorporates classic jewelry from Van Cleef & Arpels with more go-to modern pieces from my friend Jennifer Miller and vintage Parisian couture by Leonard Paris with ready-to-wear pieces from Figue (available at Kirna Zabête at The Royal Poinciana Plaza). One of the most gracious hostesses in Palm Beach… I was recently named one of the America’s 100 best party hosts by The Salonniere.

Photo by Nicholas Mele

PAULINE PITT
Flawless dress is de rigueur for the renowned interior designer and chairman of the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach’s board of trustees.

I probably got my sense of style from… my mother—she had very good taste. She grew up in Paris and was very much into fashion.
I was also trained… early by my first husband, who liked things to be on the fashionable side. I lived in New York City, and I was part of the circuit, so I got to know Seventh Avenue: Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein. I would go to the shows in Bryant Park.
Since I moved to Palm Beach, however… I love to shop on Worth Avenue, especially Shari’s Place for day-to-day.
People might say my uniform is… white pants with pretty tops or Trillion sweaters.
On my feet are… Manolo Blahniks. I have every size high heels and flats. I wear Jimmy Choos as well.
When walking my four dogs… I wear a lot of Lululemon.
When it comes to accessories… I have quite a collection of Mish [Tworkowski] jewelry. He has the most beautiful store in Manhattan. We have been friends since the early ’80s. He supports the Preservation Foundation—he’s a big sponsor of our benefit March 9.

Photo by Nicholas Mele

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