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International Fashion Editor Sarah Ann’s Key Style Essentials For Every Man

The Rake, renowned for the modern voice of classic elegance geared around the older man with an interest in authenticity. Under the styling direction of Sarah Ann Murray, International Fashion Editor, a veteran, the magazine hit its stride connecting fashion with classic styles and allowing men in their 40s, 50s and 60s to take center stage.

Murray graduated from Birmingham University in England with a law and French degree instead of entering the corporate legal world. Much to her parents’ dismay she attended London College of Fashion to study fashion and styling, and soon after, started her own business as a freelance personal stylist.

After two years Murray moved to Singapore and continued as a stylist for various publications and commercial work, but gravitated towards print and media publications and concentrated on the world of classic, elegant menswear a true gentleman’s lifestyle. She shared with me her secrets her secrets to style success:

Troy Alexander: What are the 5 key essentials every man should own?

Sarah Ann Murray: 1) A tailored navy blazer, single or double-breasted, and the weight of fabric should reflect the climate you live in. They’re ideal for travelling and an excellent separates option. A Cifonelli blazer is an example of bespoken perfection.

2) A classic three-piece flannel navy suit, Joe Morgan from Chittleborough Morgan would ensure a timeless cut and the perfect fit or for a more contemporary cut, Thom Sweeney create supremely appealing suits.

3) Quality shoes: mahogany-brown loafers would go with everything, George Cleverley are a favourite of mine, respectful of tradition yet stylish.

4) A classic white dress shirt, anything from bespoke Charvet for a dizzying choice of fabric choices, Emma Willis for modern British or Turnbull Asser for classic.

5) A white linen or cotton pocket square – because you should always dress a pocket, I love the Al Bazar pieces.

TA: What, in your opinion is a marker of good clothes?

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The Greening of Fashion’s Next Generation

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Cocurata Takes the Art-Meets-Fashion Concept to a New Level

What happens when a designer, an art dealer, and a graffiti artist meet at a bar? Obviously, they dream up a fashion label. At least, that’s what George Gorrow (formerly of Ksubi) and George Benias did with Cocurata, their new art-meets-fashion venture. “A friend introduced me to Benias and [graffiti artist] Bast and things just went wonderland,” Gorrow said. “The conversation moved to fashion and how the existing link between art and fashion is tired, and how we could do it differently.” 

“There have been some wonderful collaborations between brands and artists,” Benias said. “Yves Saint Laurent and Piet Mondrian, Comme des Garçons and Cindy Sherman, Louis Vuitton and Yayoi Kusama…But in recent times, it has just felt like brands are slapping an artwork on a T-shirt to get a bump in between seasons, and there’s nothing creative about that.” After a year of meeting and brainstorming, Gorrow and Benias launched Cocurata as an exhibition space-meets-atelier-meets-fashion house to promote artists and designers beyond the perimeters of a traditional gallery model. The artist is in the center of the creative process: Rather than appropriating an artwork for a pre-designed garment, Gorrow and Benias are cultivating a direct exchange between artist and artisan to create pieces that can stand alone in a gallery and boutique alike. 

Photo: Courtesy of Cocurata

Cocurata will feature a different group of artists each year. Its first collaborators are Bast, fellow street artist Paul Insect, and painter-filmmaker Rostarr; a first look at their collection debuts exclusively here. Bold splashes of paint and collages immediately call to mind Bast’s work, while abstract eye prints and black-and-white calligraphic drawings are signatures of Paul Insect and Rostarr, respectively. But the artists influenced more than just the prints—they had a hand in everything from shape to texture and fabric to create a cohesive, high-concept yet wearable collection. The pieces can even be mixed and matched, like hanging a Rostarr piece next to a Paul Insect in your apartment. “The artists all share a deep history of creating work on the streets, so while their subject matter and visual language is varied, there is a deep affinity with one another that binds them and their work,” Benias said. “Also, their art is just really good.” 

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At the Liberty Hotel, science meets fashion

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A model displays the entry from team Interwoven.

Many guests at the fashion show at the Liberty Hotel last week didn’t realize they were watching research come down the runway.

But that was the point.

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Organizers of Descience, a Cambridge-based competition that partners scientists with fashion designers, unveiled the project’s 15 finalists at the Oct. 23 Fashionably Late show including the winning look called Cytocouture, which translated MIT biomaterial engineer Laura Indolfi’s cell therapy research into dress form.

Cytocouture was a draped unisex garment with brightly textured silk set against a black fabric. Boston designer Carlos Villamil, who works as a senior graphic artist for Whole Foods and hopes to launch his own apparel line, designed Cytocouture using a zero-waste “clothing system” that, like the cells that Indolfi studies, adapted depending on who was wearing the garments.

The look was one of the night’s most accessible — even as it called to mind avant-garde Japanese fashion greats Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake. But others showcased dramatic plays on proportion — think bulbous skirts and cocoon silhouettes — and showed an occasionally overzealous affection for LED lighting.

A judging panel that included Nobel Prize winner and Harvard Medical School professor Jack Szostack, MIT Media Lab architect Neri Oxman, and Tiffany and Co. design director Francesca Amfitheatrof whittled down the finalists from 61 teams of two at a first showing last month in Cambridge. (The teams came from the United States and Europe, but organizers hope next year’s show will expand to Asia).

Research topics ranged from the DNA of quinoa to how bacteria can attack cancerous tumors, and Boston’s fashion community was well represented with Revere’s Isabel Lopez, Boston’s Candice Wu, and Rhode Island School of Design student Chaz Aracil. The 21-year-old Aracil teamed up with Constanza Vasquez Doorman, a graduate student at Northwestern University studying the regenerative capabilities of planarian flatworms.

“I work with biology at the RISD nature lab,” he said. “When I heard about this project, it was a dream come true.”

The process of slicing the flatworms inspired Aracil’s iridescent jumpsuit in blue and green that matched Vasquez Doorman’s research slides. But the focal point of the piece was the “regenerated” arm fashioned from fabric as well as art materials and plastics.

“These are worms that can grow back anything. That’s the mystery,” he said.

The riddle Harvard doctoral student Camilla Engblom has set out to solve is whether bone marrow cells can impact the progression of cancer. Engblom, who works next door to the Liberty at MGH, admitted some initial pause at the idea of turning her research into clothing.

“It sounded totally out of the box,” she said. “It was so frustrating at the beginning to visualize.”

But designer Nicole Markoff “asked the right questions” and her energy was infectious. The resulting creation, aptly named Marrow and Thread, ended up convincing Engblom that scientists and artists share lots of common ground.

“We have to be creative. Sometimes the work is really intense,” she said. “Slow fashion, slow science. If you rush things, you don’t find the truth.”

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Latest Fall Fashion Trends: Shaggy Sweaters, Neck Scarves and More

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Fashion show to rock runway in Winter Park

The words “Fashion Week” might stir up images of the Big Apple and Bryant Park, but for those on Park Avenue, they hit a bit closer to home.

The fifth annual Luma Fashion Fete will take place Oct. 30 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and this year’s theme is “Day of the Dead.”

The Winter Park restaurant Luma on Park will host the luxury fashion experience, produced by Jane Layne Events. The event includes two high-end fashion shows, live entertainment, dancing, gourmet food and hand-crafted cocktails.

The fashion shows will be styled by Tammara Kohler, stylist and owner of Fused Fashion, and models will walk down the runway in high-fashion, gothic-inspired designs.

Luma Fashion Fete was created as a way to advocate local brands and designers within the Central Florida community.

“We want Winter Park to have a thriving community,” Kohler said. “It’s so easy to overlook the up-and-coming, but working with the locals and supporting locals — supporting the grassroots — there’s a lot of ingenuity there.”

Rachel Mizrahi, vice president of events for Jane Layne Events, said the event sells out every year.

“All the trendsetters of Central Florida will be there,” Mizrahi said.

Luma Fashion Fete coincides with Park Avenue Fashion Week, which began Oct. 25 and lasts for seven days with trunk shows, parties and exclusive sales that all lead up to a runway show on Nov. 1.

“People wait for this all year. We want to kick off a really stellar weekend of fashion, celebration and beauty,” Mizrahi said.

One goal of Park Avenue Fashion Week is to seek out up-and-coming designers and college students aspiring to be designers to compete in a Project Runway-style competition. The five finalists present their work on the runway in the finale show on Nov. 1.

This is the eighth year of Park Avenue Fashion Week and Michelle Marks, the Park Avenue Fashion Week coordinator and owner of Shel Marks PR Events, said her goal is to show people what Park Avenue has to offer.

“I want to bring the community and people on the outside in to see the boutiques, bars, hotels and restaurants and gain awareness of Park Avenue,” Marks said.

UCF alumna Analys Sanchez is also on board as the Shel Marks PR Events social media strategist and project lead for Park Avenue Fashion Week. Sanchez graduated in August 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising.

“Being able to be a part of this is a dream come true, both career-wise and personally,” Sanchez said. “This is the largest and most challenging project I’ve worked on, but I saw areas where it could be improved, and I am confident and excited to be working on this and be challenged on a new level.”

Morgan McGee, a senior event and hospitality management major, is a lead intern for Shel Marks PR Events, and works alongside Sanchez as a social media strategist and project lead for Park Avenue Fashion Week.

After interning with Shel Marks PR Events over the summer, McGee was asked to be the lead intern for Park Avenue Fashion Week.

“I am hoping to get out more team-building and event experience,” McGee said. “We do a lot of events and each one is different and exciting, but this one will be different for me due to the sheer size, so this will be a great event to add to my portfolio.”

McGee said it’s her responsibility to make sure guests have a memorable experience.

“It is important to me because this job and this Fashion Week is something people look forward to every year, and to be a part of the team that puts this show on is exciting,” McGee said.

Luma Fashion Fete is located at 290 S. Park Ave. in Winter Park. To purchase tickets go to For more information about Park Avenue Fashion Week go to

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Orlando’s Trash 2 Trends turns garbage to fashion

In a promotional video for an upcoming Orlando fashion show, models work the catwalk in glamorous, sensual and out-there designs.

The materials are strikingly bold — and they are all plucked from cans, newspapers, jugs, bottle caps, jars, boxes and bags that flow ceaselessly to the county recycling center or landfill.

The city’s second annual Trash 2 Trends show is ramping up. Designer applications are being accepted until Nov. 14 for the Feb. 28 spectacle. At $30 for general seating, it sold out this year, making next year’s ticket hot and without a price yet.

There is “more planning to do,” said Jody Buyas, coordinator of Keep Orlando Beautiful, a nonprofit program administered by the city and recipient of Trash 2 Trends proceeds.

The marketing coup of getting ticket buyers to ooh and aah over fashionably reused garbage — a makeover known as haute trash, trash walking, trashion and junk to funk — isn’t Orlando’s invention. Such presentations are gaining popularity across the nation.

Orlando’s inaugural event drew 25 designers and sponsors that included Waste Management and Eo Inn Spa. As many as 30 designers are expected in the next show. The bar has been raised.

“Be wildly creative!” urges the guidelines for designers. “Make something wearable or over the top, just go for it! Stretch your thinking about how fashion design and art can be more sustainable by using discarded items.”

Rules say: materials must be salvaged trash; sewing, glue, tape and wire are allowed; designs can be painted, printed, dyed and written on; zippers, buttons and fasteners are permitted; bags, hats, belts and other accessories must be recycled; and wearability of a design counts.

Contestants in this year’s event mastered such techniques as scissoring up compact discs, turning beer cans into shimmery fabric and coaxing cardboard into faux leather.

Winning “Most Wearable” in this year’s show with a dress titled “Saving Autumn,” Diana Hernandez incorporated burlap, citrus bags made of mesh, bottle caps and fishing string.

Marie Stevens took home the “Audience Choice” with her eye-popping “Digital Demolition” design made of CDs, cardboard and screen from a sliding door.

The “Avant-garde” category was won by Joeanally Gonzalez for her Corrugated Connections made of cardboard, brown-paper bags and plastic bags inspired by a “modern, 18th century look.”

“Top Design” went to Meylin Rojas for her “Reduce, Reuse, Revamp” design that required weeks of collecting “newspaper, plastic bottles, bottle caps, magazines, cans, milk and juice cartons, plastic cups and jugs, garbage bags, drinking straws and various plastic shopping bags.”

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The ‘Women Fashion Power’ Exhibition at the Design Museum in London

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Diane von Furstenberg Shares Her Most Inspirational Quotes About Fashion …

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In addition to being one of the world’s most successful female fashion designers, Diane Von Furstenberg is also a role model for women everywhere and aims to empower them with both her actions and her words.

The House of DVF star has done and seen so much—she’s been married, divorced, then remarried later in life, she’s a mother and a grandmother, and she’s been involved in the fashion industry since the mid ’70s. She’s had highs and she’s had lows, but most important of all, she’s grown and learned from everything that she’s ever done in her life.

Diane also likes to share her wisdom and positive thoughts with others, and some of the most important things that she values are confidence, comfort, compassion towards other people, as well as a sense of self-importance.

VIDEO: Watch the first full episode of House of DVF before it airs!

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Diane shared one of her secrets to happiness and success: “My best friend is me, and I take good care of me.” She’s independent, beautiful, and a strong woman who always looks out for herself and encourages other women to do the same for themselves.

We’ve compiled some of Diane’s most inspirational quotes about everything from life and confidence to fashion and success.

Click on the pics below to see more of Diane’s most inspirational quotes!

Tune-in to the series premiere of House of DVF this Sunday, Nov. 2 at 10/9c on E!

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