Vanity Fair magazine – chronicler of what is fashionable, trendy and hot among urban movers and shakers – included Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in its recent list of the top 10 best-dressed mayors in the world.
“Baltimore’s chief bureaucrat looks so on point for every occasion that she should write a style guide for the modern woman in politics,” Vanity Fair raves of the mayor. “Tasteful but feminine dress for a corporate party? Check. Skinny jeans and heels (yes, heels!) at her city’s Pride Parade? Check. Well-tailored jackets and a hairdo that’s far from dowdy? Check, and check.”
Rawlings-Blake told The Baltimore Sun – which has noted her perfect makeup, along with bold jewelry choices when she appears on the Sunday talk shows -- she appreciated the honor since she’s a fashion bargain hunter.
"I take a lot of pride in my appearance as a representative of the city of Baltimore, a city with world-class fashion talent and a rich cultural history,” the mayor told the Sun. “And as a serious bargain hunter 'frugalista,' I'm always looking for new ways to step up my game."
Vanity Fair's best-dressed-mayors list includes three women. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and the mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella, joined Rawlings-Blake on the fashion pages.
At last weekend’s Baltimore Pride parade, Rawlings-Blake joined in wearing a sleeveless light-blue Alice + Olivia peplum top, skinny jeans by Serfontaine and a pink peep-toe pumps by Victoria's Secret, the Sun reports.
The mayor tends to wear accessories created by local designers, including handbags from Howard County native Danielle Nicole, who recently unveiled the “Blake” collection in her honor.
“I grew up in Maryland and knowing that the mayor of Baltimore is wearing something that I’ve spent hours on designing and the time that has gone into it and she wears it with pride,” Nicole told WJZ TV. “It’s the most rewarding feeling of this entire business.”
The downtown Baltimore boutique Sideshow is another favorite shopping spot for Rawlings-Blake.
“It’s very flattering and it’s part of my business. I listen to my customers and now I call her a co-creator of my jewelry collection,” Sideshow owner Ted Frankel told the TV station.