For proof, look no further than these stylistic movers and shakers we found downtown over the holidays, who create their own looks every day of the week.
Name: Kat Salvaggio.
Spotted at: 17th and Curtis.
Profession: Art student at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.
Favorite film: I love all of Wes Anderson's films, but I love The Royal Tenenbaums the most.
iPod favorites: Anything by the band Throbbing Gristle.
Style inspirations/ icons: Messing with the functionality of trash and class, mixing the two and playing with the norms.
Favorite color: Black because it's versatile. I wear at least one black item at all times.
Favorite accessory: Anything gold.
Style mantra: I need to be comfortable at all times.
Shops at: I mostly shop at second-hand stores. I like Safari Seconds, ARC, Goodwill and get things second-hand from friends. I avoid non-profit chain consignment stores.
Check out what's in Kat's purse on page 2!
"I'm mostly I'm inspired by mid-'80s new-wave culture in terms of fashion. I try to avoid things with logos on them and shop consciously, no sweatshop-condoned labels," says Kat. She carries two bags most days: today it's a patterned floral print purse that came from the ARC in Lakewood, as well as a black leather bag as well. Let's see what's inside...Good old-fashioned lunch: oriental-flavored Ramen Noodles and PB&J. This is the diet that fuels most college students and starving artists. Kat is a combination of both. This is Kat's sketchbook that goes everywhere with her, so when inspiration comes, she can capture it. "When I was fifteen years old and full of angst, I thought all ideas came from a pencil. That's when I got my first tattoo," she says. With her sketchbook and proper pencil, Kat will surely never miss an idea.
Discover the style of Adam Ward on Page 3!Name: Adam Ward.
Spotted at: 16th and Curtis.
Profession: Salesman and musician. I play the cello and sing and rap as well.
Favorite film: I really enjoyed all of the 1980s and early 1990s A Nightmare on Elm Street movies with Robert Englund. The remake doesn't compare to the original.
iPod favorites: Kid Cudi, his Man on the Moon albums and his new band, WZRD, as well. One of my favorite tracks by him is a song called "The Prayer."
Style inspirations/ icons: I try to be myself and wear whatever feels natural, depending on my mood that day or at the moment.
Favorite colors: Navy blue and blood red.
Favorite accessory: Sunglasses. I have about ten pairs. I like how they are fashionable and hide the bags under my eyes after a long night.
Style mantra: Do I look like a sexy motherfucker?
Shops at: Hot Topic, Zumiez and Hollister. My favorite mall is the Colorado Mills mall.An awesome steampunk-y necklace Ward picked up at Independent Records. A belt that says "DGK ALL DAY." This is a skateboarding company founded by Stevie Williams, and DGK is an acronym for Dirty Ghetto Kids.
Take a look inside Adam's backpack on page 4!A backpack can conceal many things -- like sporting equipment or school work -- but what do stylish guys on the street carry? Let's find out... Peeps is a 2005 novel by Scott Westerfeld that revolves around a parasite that causes people to become cannibalistic and frightened by their former loved ones. "I like reading hardcopy books still, even though most people have moved on to e-books," says Ward. The sign of a true fashionista: you carry a back-up outfit. "I like this baseball T because it has some California flavor. I never know when I may have to change clothes, so I keep a spare," says Ward.
Style analysis: When the country takes a day off, style thrives. Kat Salvaggio designs her own exterior by revitalizing second-hand steals. Adam Ward marches to the beat of his own cello by mixing cliches: the clean-cut appeal of Hollister, skater belts and eclectic record-store accessories.
Define your own style, Denver, and honor it every day.