Best Local Clothing Designer (2007)

Vanessa Riley

So she didn't win Project Runway like that other gal in town, but Vanessa Riley has a hot new shop next door to Grotto and across the street from Hotel Derek. If it's a swashbuckling Elizabeth Swann you want to channel, Riley's your frock-maker. With enough ruffled bodices and tight-fitting corsets to make Captain Jack's eyes pop, Riley's clothing is known for exquisite workmanship and fine fabrics. While the city's elite may have closets full of her ball gowns and horsey suits, even budget fashionistas can pick up a sheer blouse with French cuffs down to the fingertips or a darling summer dress or two from the sale rack. If money is no object, ask this Brit babe to whip up something just for you, and you'll look like the queen of the high seas.

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