Marilyn Reisman
Age: 79
Job: Former fashion retailer and buyer. Later ran fashion shows in the city's elite hotels. And worked as a special events coordinator volunteer for the Cancer Society.
Residence: Beacon Hill
What's the most indispensable piece of clothing in your closet?
I can't think of just one thing. I can't do without any of them. But if I had to pick just one thing, it would be the blouse I have on in the photo. I love it. I'd kill anybody if they touched my things.
Whose style do you admire and would you most like to emulate?
Believe it or not, Audrey Hepburn. She was too skinny for me, so I couldn't really wear what she wore. But I loved her look.
What does style mean to you?
It's an expression of your own personality.
Describe your personal style.
I like to have a total look. It has to all go together. It has to have the right proportions. It has to spell "you." It has to portray independence and individuality and that I'm not a follower. No one's ever accused me of being a follower.
Where do you shop?
Clothes: Alan Bilzerian. Neiman Marcus for accessories and my furs. And Barney's, but very sporadically.
Home decor: Well, my husband was an artist and architect and he put together our home decor. And that continued in this apartment because I just trusted [interior designer] Benn Theodore. I said go for it -- and he did. I say it's eclectic. My granddaughter tells me, "It reeks of you."
How often do you shop?
Believe it or not, they call me and tell that something has come in that would be great for me. It scares me -- for my pocketbook. They won't call foolishly. I will say that once [Boston makeup artist] David Nicholas created my makeup and Richard [Corrieri] from Persona [salon on Newbury Street] designed my hairstyle, it made it all easier.
Who or what inspires your choice of clothes?
I actually had my own stores, but before that I shopped with my mother and she really didn't want me to be in the traditional skirt and collars from Best & Co. that everyone was wearing. She wanted me to have my own style. I wanted to have what the other kids had. I was angry -- then -- but she really wanted me to have my own style.
If you were making up this list, who is the one person you would include?
Marianne "Mimi" Bowler, chief US magistrate judge for Massachusetts. She still has that style.