The Spirit Of Style

The Spirit of Style


By Kymberly Taylor | Photography by David Hartcorn


The following images are some of the best-dressed individuals in the greater Annapolis region. We chose them because they transcend the label “best dressed” to reveal a personal style infused with a spirit beautiful to behold.

Grand Jeté: Silvia LaFleur

Grand Jeté: Silvia LaFleur
Attire: Personal collection from local and international sources. Born in Switzerland, Silvia LaFleur was a classical ballet dancer before a foot injury ended her performance days. She continues to leap gracefully through life, using her spatial intelligence to advise others in her role as a Special Event Consultant for weddings and events. When it comes to personal style, she personally reinvents with a dancer’s agility the infinite palette of black and white. rentalstoremember.com

Connoisseur of Possibilities: Ernesto Santalla

Connoisseur of Possibilities: Ernesto Santalla
Attire: Bespoke suit by Christopher Schafer Clothiers Ernesto Santalla is an award-winning architect practicing in Washington, D.C. and internationally. We highly recommend his philosophy-minded blog, where he asserts that the solution to all challenges is the invention of possibilities. ernestosantalla.com

Bespoke Clothier: Christopher Schafer

Bespoke Clothier: Christopher Schafer
Attire: Christopher Schafer bespoke suit Christopher Schafer seems like a tailor from another era, when fine things were hand stitched from rare bolts of cloth and skeins of raw silk. He studied in London, roaming Savile Row and Jermyn Street. Following his own Silk Road, he draws from the deep well of the clothiers’ mind to reinvent often the contemporary line. christopherschafer.com

The Apprentice: Seth Schafer

The Apprentice: Seth Schafer
Attire: Christopher Schafer bespoke suit Seth Schafer grew up in the clothier business and was raised in the shadow of Savile Row, following his father Christopher Schafer often to London to learn his trade. As a second-generation tailor, he begins to make his mark in the modern era, using subtle combinations of color to make bold statements. christopherschafer.com

All That Jazzzzmine!: Jazmine Turner Petty

All That Jazzzzmine!: Jazmine Turner Petty
Attire: Striped Dress by ASOS; Mary Jane platform heel by Miu Miu; hair styled by Jaleesa Crankfield. Native Annapolitan Jazmine Turner Petty is a driving force in the fashion scene, with her signature Bo-Ho couture style. With sensitivity and foresight she leads, from riffing on today’s styles to creating variations all her own. Check them out on her website, Viva La Jazz Style. vivalajazzstyle.com

Urban Powerhouse: Roberta Pardo

Urban Powerhouse: Roberta Pardo
Attire: Items from Pardo's personal collection. Roberta Pardo founded Urban Walls Brazil and conceives powerful street art projects, bringing Brazilian artists to Annapolis and vice versa. The art curated by Pardo refreshes genres and transcends borders. For her, individual style and substance are one, for there are no boundaries between art and life. urbanwallsbrazil.com

Jazmine Turner Petty

Jazmine Turner Petty
Attire: Ball cap by J.Crew; leather jacket by Mango; Tatas tee shirt from needsupply.com; distressed denim from wwwhm.com; shoes, Air Jordan 7 (VII) ‘Carmine’ by Nike.

Roberta Pardo

Roberta Pardo
Attire: White silk blouse by Pure; skirt by Alice McCall; shoes by Nikolas Kirkwood; jacket from Etsy; earrings, personal collection.

Deal Master: Mike Steranka

Deal Master: Mike Steranka
Attire: Bespoke suit by Mike Lani, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mike Steranka is the CEO of Retirement Planning Services Incorporated and an adventure capitalist with many creative business ideas structured to succeed. His power look is not superficial—an impressive collection of graphic socks expresses his daily mood, according to sources close to Steranka. rps123.com

Ernesto Santalla

Ernesto Santalla