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What's in your bag? Style as sharp as a knife and as smooth as a llama

As summer arrives, fashion takes a bold leap into the future. Fix your eyes on this week's street-style contenders, who display style as sharp as a knife and as smooth as a llama.

Name:

Sarah Barili

Spotted at: 13th and Broadway.

Profession: Server at Mellow Mushroom and freelance painter.

Favorite film: El Piel Que Habito, or The Skin I Live In by Pedro Almodovar.

Summer anthem: "Settle Down" by Kimbra.

Style inspirations/ icons: I'm inspired by the pages of Allure and Vogue.

Favorite accessory: I have this gold necklace that has an empty bird cage and a bird sitting outside the cage. It's a symbol of freedom, a free bird.

Favorite color: Yellow because it's energetic.

Style mantra: I always ask myself: do I look like I am trying too hard?The answer should always be no. I want my look to appear effortless.

Shops at: Buffalo Exchange, American Apparel, Express and Guess.

Barili has many tattoos, this one is a tribute to her mother who passed away fifteen years ago.

Tattoos are permanent accessories connected to us at all times.

"I picked up these Dr. Martin boots back in Seattle, right before I moved to Denver" says Barili.

Take a look inside Sarah Barili's purse on page 2! Barili's baby blue leather purse contains many things that every woman carries, like keys and makeup. But her bag also conceals a switchblade! "I'm not even sure if it's legal to carry," Barili jokes. It's as sharp as her cement-colored manicure. Barili loves to use the Spotifly app on her iPhone, which she is always jamming to.

Check out Brandon Dimick's style on page 3!

Name: Brandon Dimick

Spotted at: 16th and Sherman.

Profession: Currently unemployed; spotted en route to an interview.

Favorite film: I love the genres: black comedy, horror and sci-fi. A recent movie I watched and liked was Prometheus; it's a good science fiction movie.

Summer anthem: "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen.

Style inspirations/ icons: I shoot for grandpa styling, but with a rocker twist.

Favorite accessories: Bow ties, skinny ties and suspenders.

Favorite color: Neutrals. I love caramel brown, olive green and gray.

Style mantra: I try to wear more than a basic T-shirt.

Shops at: H&M, American Apparel and Top Man.

Look inside Brandon's bag on page 4!

What is inside Dimick's brown canvas backpack? Let's take a peek... "I received this llama as a gift from my girlfriend," says Dimick. "His name is Douglas and he goes everywhere with us, even the movies and the grocery store." Dimick, a self described "gamer," plays Phantasy Star 0 and Mario Kart on the go with his Nintendo DS. An umbrella and snack also accompany Dimick on his day's journey. "I hope people keep pushing the boundaries of what's expected and accepted in fashion to continue to inspire others," he says. A resume, headphones and theater readmission tickets complete the contents of Dimick's backpack. He is is prepared for whatever may come his way, and with his resume and umbrella he can handle both a potential employer or a sudden rain on the city streets.

Style analysis: Barili and Dimick show how to glam up looks in the hot days of summer. For these two, more is more. They play up accessories like skinny ties, spectacles, sun hats and switchblades to project their inner selves to the world. Fight for your visual culture, Denver. And die protecting it.


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