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Michelle Fenty, 37

Ten of Washington’s best-dressed women share their fashion advice, their favorite shops—and their fashion disasters. Read about one of them.

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Attorney at Perkins Coie and wife of DC mayor-elect Adrian Fenty

Photograph by Matthew Worden

Who are your favorite designers? I like Calvin Klein for work clothes because of his classic straight lines and monochromatic colors. I love Vera Wang for evening—her dresses can be classic feminine and subtle. Tracy Reese is great, too. She uses so much color.

Do you have a fashion inspiration? I love Sarah Jessica Parker, some of her evening gowns. She seems to like Oscar de la Renta. You put on those clothes and you feel like a princess. I like Halle Berry—she’s worn a few suits recently that seem to be things that I would wear.

A dream item you’d love to own? I’ve seen a few pairs of Manolo Blahniks that I wouldn’t mind paying $800 for. They’re like sculptures. You’d buy them and wouldn’t even want to wear them.