Sarah Ellison, Closets
Sarah Ellison

Not one for hiding who she is in anyway, Sarah is thrilled to make known that her Azzedine Alaia black knit, ankle length skirt hugs the body in all the right places. She loves Alaia because "he makes a woman look hot." Her visual magnetism, which is accentuated by her long, white, lavender tinted hair, is anything but average. When everyone wanted to be Madonna, Sarah recalls, she was coveting the "queen of looks,"and the avant-garde, Nina Hagen. Sarah's magical touch makes an Electric Feathers metallic dress look bohemian with her signature Margiela tabby boot, gothic mix of elaborate rings on every finger and vintage ear cuff. A first class fashion stylist, her eye for detail and her uncommon good taste has been evident since way back when. Sarah vividly remembers her attraction in High School to an elderly woman who would ride her bike past her every morning at the bus stop, wearing Christian Lacroix and a fat gray braid down her back.

It was the birth of music videos on MTV in the early 80's and its captivating eye candy that Sarah feels had a lot to do with her profession and obsessions of today. You can see the hints of punk, new wave and rock in the way she mixes a romantic embroidered Commes des Garcon sheer cape with a fishnet vintage bustier top, or in the story she tells through her arm, which is filled with many dark, idiosyncratic and ethnic bracelets. Each and everything that she wears has to be extraordinary, picked from all over the world, and together, all fit into the puzzle of her wardrobe. A curation of herself, Sarah's Balenciaga mesh chain top with tapestry and her medallion inlaid necklace from the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul are museum-worthy, while a Rick Owens, not so simple, simple black dress, is her equivalent of a tee shirt. You can look sloppy in it or wear it to a party, Sarah claims. But ultimately, Sarah's passion for self expression is fueled by the fact that her mom was never able to live out her hippie fantasies after becoming a school teacher. "We live the unfulfilled lives of our mothers," Gloria Steinem recently told Sarah while working together on a shoot.

If you love Sarah, you may also like Betony Vernon, Jarka Cole, Mark Hester and Elizabeth Burns.

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