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Street Style Award: Meet the Honorees

Meet the fab phenoms of our inaugural ESSENCE Street Style Awards! These four extraordinary women definitely get our fashion hearts racing. Here’s how they do it.

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By DANA JOHNSON · July 31, 2014

HER FASHION MOJO: “Style is the way you do something, not what you do—it has no formula. It’s uncomplicated, and has a lot to do with proportion, authenticity and confidence.”

SMALL DETAILS, BIG IMPACT: “I think a black turtleneck and black opaque tights make any outfit chic and warm for winter. They’re my answer to bicoastal winter dressing.”

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HER FASHION MOJO: “As a photographer, I always go for stylish and practical looks. This lace-up ankle boot is the perfect marriage of comfort and chic while I’m on the run during fashion week.”

SMALL DETAILS, BIG IMPACT: “I love a great coat, so I built the look around this Miu Miu piece. I kept it really simple, wearing a coat as a dress.”

HER FASHION MOJO: “I am always looking for ways to reinvent myself. I think accessories really help you do that. An accessory should not be about trend, it should be about personality.”

SMALL DETAILS, BIG IMPACT: “Pearls are timeless. They make me feel like a little girl in my grandma’s piece. Effortlessly chic.”

Christopher Kolk

HER FASHION MOJO: “I believe in creating pieces that give women the opportunity to stand out and be bold,” says Jean-Pierre, seen here in a top from her spring/summer 2014 collection.

SMALL DETAILS, BIG IMPACT: “A comfortable shoe that gets you from appointments to fittings and beyond is crucial to any ensemble. My [Givenchy] peep-toe kitten heel sandals complete my look.”

Christopher Kolk