Fashion & Style

Mayor Rawlings-Blake wears Maryland designers to gavel DNC

The elements of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's ensemble today in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention had one thing in common: They were made in Maryland.

When she took the gavel, she wore a celadon green, French brocade, silk-wool blend, jewel-neck, three-quarter-sleeve sheath with hand applique rose details by Lutherville-based Ella Pritsker of Ella Moda Custom Couture. The custom dress cost $1,500. Her sparkly white opalite earrings by Baltimore-based jewelry designer Rachel Mulherin cost $150.


Rawlings-Blake turned to Maryland-based celebrity stylist Pascale Lemaire for wardrobe assistance.

"We didn't do suity-suits as such because there would be a lot of that there," said Lemaire. "I figured most people would be in serious, boring suits. I stayed away from that."


Rawlings-Blake approached Lemaire a couple of weeks ago to help her dress for the DNC.

"She was looking for an executive power suit — something that meant business but was a little outside of the box," Lemaire said. "Stephanie has a definite sense of her own style. She doesn't like to be cookie cutter. If we could bring a little edge, we did."

Rawlings-Blake later on wowed Tuesday as she conducted the roll call at the convention in a navy and gold Duchess satin high-low cocktail dress with a slit neckline and vintage Swarovski crystal accents on cap sleeves by Carol Peretz, a New York-based designer whose clothing is sold in Maryland at Francesca's Atelier in Green Spring Station. The dress sells for $2,815.

Her Alexis Bittar sparkle ring ($300) came from Bijoux, a jewelry boutique in Mt. Washington Mill. Her vintage Tiffany & Co. earrings were borrowed from a friend.

Rawlings-Blake turned to her longtime hairstylist — Baltimore-based Milroy Harried — for her well-received side-swept bang. As for her makeup, which she did herself, Rawlings-Blake used MAC mineral loose powder for the foundation and plum liner with "Men Love Mystery" lipstick, both from MAC.

"Every time I have a chance to take the national stage, I always try to be the best representation of the city I love," she said. "Baltimore women have incredible style. I wanted to reflect that."