Most Stylish New Yorkers 2012: Hilaria Thomas Baldwin
Name: Hilaria Thomas Baldwin
Occupation: Fitness expert; co-founder of NYC’s Yoga Vida
Great Heights: "I spend a lot of my day either teaching or exercising, so I usually wear a pair of yoga pants from Track and Field or Lululemon, and then I wear high heels," says the 5-foot-3 native of Spain, who recently created SoulYoga classes for SoulCycle. "People always laugh at me, like, "You're wearing heels and it's 6 o'clock in the morning!' But it's really comfortable. I can spend my life in heels!" For everyday walking, Baldwin opts for a favorite pair by Sam Edelman, while her YSL, Prada and Christian Louboutin high heels "come out for special occasions."
Ga-ga for the Gown: When she wed actor Alec Baldwin in June, Hilaria wore a silk magnolia trumpet Amsale gown with cap sleeves and a keyhole back neckline accented with crystal buttons. "That dress is the reason we had the wedding!" exclaims the newlywed, 28. "We were not going to have a big wedding. Amsale was like, 'I'll dress you!' And I was like, 'No, no, no.' And I went in there and tried this dress and I called Alec and said, 'We're having a wedding now!' and he was like, 'What?!'"
Retail Runs: "I don't like to shop, but my stylist, Domenica Castaldo-Ellison, makes my life so easy," says the gorgeous fashionista, whose favorite designers include Dolce & Gabbana, Alaia and Roberto Cavalli. "When I try something on, she always asks, 'How does it feel?' She gives me a lot of great advice without trying to change me." Her top stops? Barney's New York as well as the more affordable chains Zara and Mango. "When I first started dating Alec and I was a poor yoga teacher, I didn't have money to spend on clothes. I would go to all these fancy events wearing a Zara skirt and when people asked the designer, I would be so embarrassed to tell them. I'd say, 'It's from Spain.' And they would be like, 'Oh, wow, wow, it's European! Okay, great!'"
Audrey Adoration: "I loved Audrey Hepburn's style. I know that everyone loves Audrey Hepburn's style but it's because it was really, really, really good! And I also love another Audrey: Audrey Tatou. She is so beautiful and classic."
Quote: "Never wear uncomfortable shoes. It makes you not so namaste. You just really want to cry. You can't think. There is nothing worse than uncomfortable shoes. That is my biggest fashion advice."