By Jessi C. Acuña | August 29, 2019 | People
From a French shoe designer to a philanthropic rule breaker, these four fierce females top the list of Las Vegas’ most fashion-forward mavens.
Shot on location at The Dorsey.
When it comes to fashion, NBT’s Jenn Kratochwill goes for the bold. “My mom and grandmother were very into fashion,” Jenn Kratochwill says. “I have so many memories of shopping unique boutiques with them—which many times carried one-of-a-kind and whimsical items that you didn’t see anywhere else.” Nowadays, you can see how these formative fashion years carried into adulthood and her role as director of public relations at Nevada Ballet Theatre. “My family emphasized the importance of arts and culture, and I know that also influenced me a great deal in terms of style,” Kratochwill says. This equates to polished looks that include bold accessories and a fusion of trendy and classic influences. “I like every look to have personality and flair via a statement piece, whether it’s the clothes themselves, the jewelry, or your makeup or hair—there has to be some special pizazz,” she says. One way Kratochwill accomplishes this is through her love of vintage items, from her own finds to those she inherited, such as her grandmother’s scarves that she used to wear as headbands. This fall, you can catch Kratochwill, likely in her favorite hues of yellow and orange, at Swan Lake, NBT’s 2019-2020 season opener. And keep an eye out for some ballet inspiration in her dress. “Dance is ever changing,” she says. “That’s how I think of style and fashion."
Shot on location at Rosina.
Mrs. Nevada Natalie Winslow turns up her feminine side for the looks she loves. When you’re crowned Mrs. Nevada-America, a pageant for married women who give back to their communities, playing dress-up comes with the role. From the actual pageant itself to the countless events that follow, there’s no shortage of opportunities to shine. And that’s exactly what Natalie Winslow does. In fact, she’s been unknowingly preparing for this part since well before she was crowned in June. “My style personality is whimsical and playful,” Winslow says. “I love feminine, romantic details. In my closet, you’ll find lots of ruffles, lace and combinations of colors and patterns.” It’s not just the delicate, girlish looks that bring Winslow joy; she loves to dress the theme. Whether tropical, boho pieces at the beach or coordinating outfits with her husband and two kids for the holidays, it serves as one of her many creative outlets. So it’s only fitting that the cause she is championing with her pageant platform is Dress for Success, a nonprofit that provides women with clothing and counseling to find employment. Winslow volunteers with the organization weekly and says they are always in need of clothing, shoes, accessories and handbags. Her love of fashion began at a young age, which led her to working in the industry before changing careers. “My cousins and I loved to play dress-up when we were kids,” she says. “I always gravitated to the most extra, playful pieces.”
Shot on location at Electra Cocktail Club.
For her personal style, philanthropist Annemarie Jones ignores the norm. “Whenever people say, ‘I wish I could wear that’ or ‘Only you could do this,’ I say, ‘If you just put it on, then you could do it,’” says Annemarie Jones, a philanthropist connected to a number of causes across the Valley. Basically, if she likes it, she’s wearing it, and this isn’t new for Jones. “When I was 5 years old, I was outside distressing my jeans,” she says. “My mom was so upset with me, because I had the brand-new Guess jeans.” Her mom later realized after picking up a People magazine this was the latest celeb clothing trend. Whether a young Jones was aware of this or not doesn’t matter much. That’s the look that worked for her and that’s all she needed to know. At the present, Jones’ closet is a medley from her past—beachwear from living in Hawaii and conservative city vibes from her time in Chicago—to streetwearinspired outfits courtesy of her teenage sons’ influence. And, of course, there’s lots of sparkle for Las Vegas including plenty of gala looks. On September 14, Jones will be honored at the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada Dessert Before Dinner fundraiser with a Social Innovator Badge. Then, on November 14, Opportunity Village’s Camelot gala is recognizing the Fletcher Jones family—her husband is Fletcher Jones III—for four generations of support. As to what look Jones plans to rock is anyone’s guess, but rest assured she won’t disappoint. “I like drama in clothes and something more interesting.”
Shoe designer Chloe Gosselin embodies her effortless, playful vibe throughout her wardrobe. Chloe Gosselin approaches style in the same way she dreams up her eponymous brand’s collections: as feminine, artful and sophisticated. This level of play depends on where in the world you might find her. This summer, Gosselin hosted a pop-up shop at the DVF flagship store in New York’s Meatpacking District. This month, it’s back to her native France to showcase her fall collection in Paris. “We talk about Vegas—here I feel my style is different than when I’m in New York or in Paris,” the former model says. “Because it’s more relaxed, here I’m very simple, but always feminine and a little playful and colorful.” She’s a fan of breaking out the suits and vintage pieces when she travels. So how has her style evolved over the years? “When I did the CFDA Fashion Fund, just being around the Vogue team I started to wear a lot more color,” she says. “I used to wear black all the time.” As for her upcoming fall shoe collection, expect lots of new accessories and textures, such as beads and velvets. And it’s safe to say her loyal leading ladies, including Nicole Kidman and Celine Dion, will continue to support Gosselin’s aesthetic. “I feel in my work there’s always this balance between the girl that’s superdreamy who is delighted by the past and the girl that is superstrong,” she says. “It’s very much like me.”
Photography by Jerry Metellus; Shot on location at The Venetian Resort