Local People, Local Style

What’s hot in fall fashion? Take a peek here, and meet a few people who make the beautiful clothing so much more attractive.

 Photograph by Luigi Ciuffetelli

Stacy Amon | Hockessin 

Stacy Amon, 31, knows the true value of curb appeal. A local Realtor, Amon has been creating real estate brochures since the eighth grade, when her parents sold their house. Today she focuses on Trolley Square, Wilmington and North Wilmington, where, she says, first-time homebuyers are driving the market. Attractive homes and attractive Realtors don’t hurt, either. “Curb appeal is where the fashionista comes in,” she says.

French Connection dress, $168, and Paul and Joe Sister leather jacket, $450, both at NV Boutique in Newark. Boots and necklace are Stacy’s. Hair by Courtney Turner, makeup by Clayton Stacy, both of Sherif Zaki in Greenville.

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Page 2: Jackie Renaldo Young | Wilmington




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Jackie Renaldo Young | Wilmington

A guru of all things stylish among her friends, Jackie Renaldo Young finds herself in the perfect job: managing a boutique. At White House Black Market in Greenville, Renaldo Young, 32, gets paid to dispense the fashion advice she usually gives for free. “I love fashion,” she says, “from top to bottom, hair to makeup.” The former high school teacher moved to Wilmington from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, when she married an AstraZeneca employee. “I’m still getting used to the idea of being a Delawarean and everyone knowing everyone else.”

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Theory T-shirt, $75, Vince boyfriend blazer, $440, and J Brand Doll jeans, $194; Loeffler Randall Esther pump, $395, and grey ostrich clutch, $225; Alexis Bittar necklace, $135, lucite earrings, $202, and bracelet, $335, all at Peter Kate, Greenville. Hair by Keleigh Zajaczkowski and Christopher Darring, makeup by Tina Scalici/Face 2 Face, all of Elayne James Salon in Greenville.

Page 3: Michael Cusumano | Rehoboth Beach




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Michael Cusumano | Rehoboth Beach

As one half of the team behind the Design Center of Rehoboth (the other half being partner Ed Albers), Cusumano, 44, is often tasked with restyling beach homes with a less-is-more mantra. “People now are looking for a more simplified life,” he says. Though the Main Line transplant has no formal design training, his keen eye and experience has made him an innovative force. “Education sometimes does put
you in a box, because you only do the parameters that you know,” he says. “I’ve helped Ed totally refine his design style because I look at things very differently.”

Seven for All Mankind jeans, $189, Hugo Boss shirt, $115, and Howe Blazer, $198, all at South Moon Under, Rehoboth Beach.

Page 4:  Natasha Latina | Wilmington




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Natasha Latina | Wilmington

 “My passion for fashion is in recycling,” says Latina, co-owner of Salon Pasca in Wilmington. Latina, a native of Moscow, tracks down antique or resale clothing, then takes to her sewing machine to transform them into her own unique fashion creations. A mother of four boys, Latina is a former Hair World Competition champ. Gentlemen, she does a mean men’s haircut, too. “Pasca is very ambitious,” she says. “We want to be the best salon in Delaware.”

Charlotte Tarantola sweater, $143, Marc by Marc Jacobs skirt, $188, Gender Bias shirt, $162, and Tuleste necklace, $130, all at Ellie, Greenville. Shoes and leggings are Natasha’s. Hair by Ann Tasker, makeup by Renee Minutola and Misty Stepp, all of Salon Pasca in Wilmington.

Page 5: Lisa Ashe | Smyrna




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Lisa Ashe | Smyrna

Lisa Ashe saw a desperate need for beautification in her hometown. “There was nothing for women in Smyrna,” she says. So Ashe, 42, took action, opening Bailee21 Consignment Boutique in September. The shop is an upscale women’s consignment boutique that reflects Ashe’s traditional-meets-funky approach to fashion. “I think I really focus on wearing what makes me feel good,” Ashe says. “If you feel good in it, wear it.”

BB Dakota belted jacket, $80 at Bel Boutique, Dover. Jeans and earrings are Lisa’s own. Hair by Courtney Turner, makeup by
Clayton Stacy, both of Sherif Zaki in Greenville.

Page 6: Pete Bailey | Dover




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Pete Bailey | Dover

Pete Bailey might look good in a Jos. A. Bank suit, but he’s no buttoned-down desk jockey. An administrator with Wilmington University, Bailey is a retired Air Force officer who races BMX bikes and hones his dancing chops with The Dance Conservatory. And the man owns a Harley. At Wilmington U, he assists in building new programs. With the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, he helps build new businesses. Bailey, 53, might be a busy guy, but he makes it look good.

Axis sueded cotton polo, $85, Cooper of Canada wool vest, $100, and Jack of Spades jeans, $155, all at Mystique, Wilmington.

Page 7: Cacia Batts | Wilmington




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Cacia Batts | Wilmington

Cacia Batts never really intended to be a pageant girl. But once the reigning Mrs. Delaware America got her first taste of it, “I learned that there are brains that come along with the beauty,” she says. “It wasn’t these 6-foot blondes who eat bonbons and buy clothes all day. These are hardworking, career-driven women with children.” Today Batts, 28, is driving toward a career in human services. She works with AIDS Delaware and Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware, and she judges Delaware Teen Idol.

Assar New York silk chiffon evening gown, $1,390 at Honey Kamali, Greenville. Hair by Keleigh Zajaczkowski and Christopher Darring, makeup by Tina Scalici/Face 2 Face, all of Elayne James Salon in Greenville.

Page 8: Lori Schell | Lewes




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Lori Schell | Lewes

Parents have broken into tears of joy upon beholding Lori Schell’s Kids Cottage in Rehoboth Beach. Schell, 36, along with partner Taryn Burris, operates the hybrid drop-in childcare center, preschool and party zone. With kids at the center of her universe, which includes two of her own, Schell stresses comfort and flexibility when it comes to style. “I have a closet full of jeans,” she says. “You need to have some for boots, some for flats, some for high heels…” 

Embossed rain repellent jacket by UBU, $139, and stretch jeans by Jag, $79, both at Japanesque, Bethany Beach. Hair by Courtney Turner, makeup by Clayton Stacy, both of Sherif Zaki in Greenville.

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