25 Most Stylish New Yorkers: Gail Simmons

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Name: Gail Simmons

Occupation: Food critic and TV host, Top Chef: Just Desserts and judge, Top Chef; special projects manager, Food & Wine

Key ingredients: "Clothes here are more ambitious than anywhere else in the world," says the judge of Emmy Award-winning Top Chef, who moved to New York for culinary school 12 years ago "and just never left. New Yorkers dress for the life they want to have, the career they want to have, and are always one step ahead with their personal style."

Her style mix: "Classics with pops of rich color, a touch of girly, and a dash of sparkle."

Favorite designers: Carolina Herrera, Phillip Lim, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, Ports 1961, Derek Lam, Kimberly McDonald Jewelry, Yossi Harari Jewelry.

"I bought a pair of jeans at Uniqlo two years ago, they were under $50, and I have never received more compliments on my butt in my life!"