Most stylish New Yorkers: Emma Brady

The lawyer lets loose with wild patterns and costume jewelry.


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    "Everything is perfect about this jacket---the fit, the colors, the retro details," says Brady of her EleyKishimoto Ellesse race jacket (eleykishimoto.com), which she bought on eBay. She pairs it with vibrant red shorts from H&M and fox-printed Tsumori Chisato (tsumorichisato.com) leggings purchased at Honey in the Rough.

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    Brady picked up the top with red trim by Slovenian brand Oktober during a trip to the [central European] country six years ago. "I will wear this until it falls apart---and it has already been mended a few times," she admits. The neutral tank underneath is by Vanessa Bruno (vanessabruno.com).

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    "When my dad saw it, he said, 'What's that basket you're wearing around your neck?'" Brady says of this necklace from Australian line Breathless (breathless.net.au), which was given to her by a friend. She picked up the earrings at a vintage shop in Brooklyn.

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    The lawyer is known for her costume jewelry, especially chunky rings collected from various accessory shops. "When someone who is now a very good friend first met me, he was convinced that I was a spy because my big rings were concealing recording devices," she jokes. Her mirrored watch, perfect for checking lipstick, is by Georg Jensen.

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    Brady wears this Georg Jensen silver cuff every day. "A friend once commented that it's like I was born wearing it," she says. The Birgit Holdinghausen flower ring, a gift from her parents, sits alongside a traditional Irish Claddagh ring.

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    She picked up the Dr. Martens Viviana boots at the brand's Spring Street store (148 Spring St between West Broadway and Wooster St; 212-226-8500, drmartens.com).

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    "It would be rare for a day to go by that I do not wear something by this designer," Brady says of Eley Kishimoto, who created this "Old Jumper" blue coat. She calls her Tom Scott scarf (tomscottnyc.com) "some mad combination of a feather boa, a scarf, rats and some nutty macram creation from the 1970s."

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    Brady's hooded top is actually two pieces---a blue patterned Eley Kishimoto vest and a Beautiful People white hoodie, while her zippered miniskirt is also Eley Kishimoto. The blue leggings by Tsumori Chisato, were purchased at Opening Ceremony (33-35 Howard St between Broadway and Lafayette St; 212-219-2688, openingceremony.us).

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    This lightning-bolt jeweled necklace is another stunner by Eley Kishimoto.

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    She pairs it with a second beaded necklace from her go-to designer.

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    Brady scored this flower-power bauble at a costume-jewelry shop on Broadway.

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    Her red star costume ring "cost the princely sum of $4.99."

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    Brady adds a dose of whimsy with these acrylic Bambi earrings by Australian brand Love, purchased in Melbourne. (lovehate.com.au).

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    Her wintry look is enhanced with a pair of white Dr. Martens boots bought at Trash and Vaudeville.

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    Brady calls this Chloe cropped jacket "a classically, beautifully made piece." She pairs it with an Eley Kishimoto skirt.

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    Underneath, she layers a black Vanessa Bruno tank over a vintage '70s blouse purchased at the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne almost 20 years ago. On why it's a favorite: "The print is nuts and the cut is perfect---it's loose and tight in all the right places, with puffy shoulders and an oversize collar. Sigh."

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    "It looks like some artsy, hippie piece, but this ring is another cheap find from a costume-jewelry store on Broadway," says Brady.

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    Another childhood character pops up on Brady's earrings: These delicate Hello Kitty gems were purchased at the Village Scandal (19 E 7th St between Second and Third Aves; 212-460-9358, thevillagescandal.com).

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    Over a pair of dotted Eley Kishimoto socks, Brady sports custom-made dance shoes from La Duca (319 W 47th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves; 212-586-2079, laducashoes.com).

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"Everything is perfect about this jacket---the fit, the colors, the retro details," says Brady of her EleyKishimoto Ellesse race jacket (eleykishimoto.com), which she bought on eBay. She pairs it with vibrant red shorts from H&M and fox-printed Tsumori Chisato (tsumorichisato.com) leggings purchased at Honey in the Rough.

Emma Brady, "born post moon-landing," lawyer, East Village

Her personal style: "According to my father, my style is 'cool and colorful, marinated in elegance.' According to my friend Frank, it is 'painterly.'"

Her inspirations: "The styles of the 1940s and 1970s and the designers Eley Kishimoto, Courrges, Biba and Jean Varon."

Favorite stores: "Angela's Boutique (330 E 11th St between First and Second Aves, 212-475-1571). I rarely leave this store without purchasing something. The prices are good, and Angela, the owner, has the best eye for vintage. Honey in the Rough (161 Rivington St between Clinton and Suffolk Sts; 212-228-6415, honeyintherough.com) is one of the few stores in New York that stocks Eley Kishimoto—so it makes the list purely on that basis. John Fluevog (250 Mulberry St at Prince St; 212-431-4484, fluevog.com) for shoes, and Jamin Puech (14 Prince St at Elizabeth St; 212-431-5200, jamin-puech.com) for bags—it's like stepping into a jewelry box full of purses. Trash and Vaudeville (4 St. Marks Pl between Second and Third Aves, 212-982-3590) is full of rock & roll treasures and 'Iggy dreams.'"

Her signature accessory: "I always, for the past ten or so years, wear my bracelet watch and silver cuff, both designed by Torun for Georg Jensen (georgjensen.com)."

How her style has evolved through the years: "I still wear miniskirts, Doc Martens and denim-style jackets—they just seem to cost more now."

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