Street fashion: EXPO 2011

We stalked the stylish attendees at NYU's Chinese Student Society's annual show.

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    Rebecca Young, 19; fashion-design student; Bushwick, Brooklyn "I think of my...

    Rebecca Young, 19; fashion-design student; Bushwick, Brooklyn
    "I think of my style as schizophrenic," says Young. "I dress in mostly a vintage punk style, though." The fashion fan shows us her thrifting skills with a jacket she picked up at a Brooklyn secondhand shop and a bohemian top she stole from her mom's closet. She layers up with on oversize sweater from discount shop Conway (locations throughout the city, visit conwaystores.com).

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    Young's hair is as trendy as her clothes: The ombr effect has been seen on...

    Young's hair is as trendy as her clothes: The ombr effect has been seen on countless celebs, like Brooklyn-by-way-of-London gal Alexa Chung.

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    Young's necklace was a gift from her father

    Young's necklace was a gift from her father.

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    Her bag is a fashion find she spotted at a street vendor's stall while roaming...

    Her bag is a fashion find she spotted at a street vendor's stall while roaming around the Garment District.

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    The designer-in-training keeps her style inspiration within her future field,...

    The designer-in-training keeps her style inspiration within her future field, stating, "I really like Anna Sui and Alexander Wang." Her camel oxfords are from Catwalk (thecatwalkshoes.com).

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    Hiroaki Sotooka, 20; graphic-design student; Jamaica, Queens We can't help but...

    Hiroaki Sotooka, 20; graphic-design student; Jamaica, Queens
    We can't help but notice Sotooka's effortless outfit, which he proudly put together on a student's budget. "The shirts, the vest and the boots are all from H&M (hm.com)!" he says.

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    "I'm trying to go for a sharp but light look, since it is springtime," Sotooka...

    "I'm trying to go for a sharp but light look, since it is springtime," Sotooka explains. He accomplishes that with a pair of gray H&M chinos (held up by an H&M belt, of course) and a lightweight jacket from Daffy's (daffys.com).

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    "My celebrity style icons are Johnny Depp and Adam Levine of Maroon 5," he...

    "My celebrity style icons are Johnny Depp and Adam Levine of Maroon 5," he says, showing off a thrifted necklace that would look equally at home on Jack Sparrow or the pop band's frontman.

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    Sotooka picked up his thick silver ring from a vendor at the Queens Center Mall...

    Sotooka picked up his thick silver ring from a vendor at the Queens Center Mall (90-15 Queens Blvd at Woodhaven Blvd, suite 2061, Elmhurst, Queens; 718-592-3901, shopqueenscenter.com). "I enjoy going for an urban vintage look," he says.

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    His trusty lace-up boots were a deal at H&M

    His trusty lace-up boots were a deal at H&M.

  • Samantha Giordano, 24; publicist for NARS Cosmetics; Staten Island We steal a...

    Samantha Giordano, 24; publicist for NARS Cosmetics; Staten Island
    We steal a moment from Giordano as she is running about backstage working on makeup for the show's models. "My style is a combination of uptown and downtown," she explains, embodying her fashion maxim in an H&M printed top and a pair of J Brand designer jeans (jbrandjeans.com).

  • Her statement necklace, by Tuleste Market (tulestemarket.com), is designed to...

    Her statement necklace, by Tuleste Market (tulestemarket.com), is designed to draw admirers across the room (which is exactly what it did to us).

  • Her chunky bangles, which she picked up at Nordstom (shop.nordstrom.com), are...

    Her chunky bangles, which she picked up at Nordstom (shop.nordstrom.com), are by See by Chloe (chloe.com). "I love the '70s, I'm very inspired by that decade right now," says Giordano. "But I put my own twist on it with masculine touches."

  • Giordano chose a pair of Stuart Weitzman heels (stuartweitzman.com) to finish...

    Giordano chose a pair of Stuart Weitzman heels (stuartweitzman.com) to finish off her look. "I love loose and flowy tops with tight bottoms, and I always wear a high set of heels that are comfortable," she says.

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    Allison Leu, 19, global-liberal-studies student, West Village Leu pairs a...

    Allison Leu, 19, global-liberal-studies student, West Village
    Leu pairs a slouchy BCBG sweater (bcbg.com) with a vintage shirt from Japan and a pair of preworn jean shorts. "I love the style of the 1930s and '40s," the thrifter admits.

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    Leu accessorizes with a delicate necklace that was her mother's. "I like to mix...

    Leu accessorizes with a delicate necklace that was her mother's. "I like to mix casual pieces with maybe one fancy item, and I love to play with colors," she gushes.

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    She makes her look pop with a bright coral shade of lipstick by Revlon...

    She makes her look pop with a bright coral shade of lipstick by Revlon (revlon.com).

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    Her buckled bag is by Cole Haan (colehaan.com)

    Her buckled bag is by Cole Haan (colehaan.com).

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    Leu's Prada footwear (prada.com) got our full attention as she walked off the...

    Leu's Prada footwear (prada.com) got our full attention as she walked off the elevator, but she surprises us by admitting that she doesn't normally wear heels. "I'm all about comfort," the student says. She plays up her feet even more with a pair of wild Madewell socks (madewell.com).

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    Mathieu Gagliotti, 22; biology/pre-med student; Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn The...

    Mathieu Gagliotti, 22; biology/pre-med student; Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
    The first gentleman we spot at the show, Gagliotti stands out in the entry line with his chic getup, which he describes as "downtown trendy with an uptown sophistication and quality." He built his wardrobe over a number of years. "This J.Crew jacket (jcrew.com) is from middle school, actually," he admits. Somehow we doubt this John Varvatos crew-neck sweater (johnvarvatos.com) is quite as old.

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    He scored his neutral glasses at Morgenthal Frederics (morgenthalfrederics.com)

    He scored his neutral glasses at Morgenthal Frederics (morgenthalfrederics.com).

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    The student totes his books around in a sophisticated Bally bag (628 Madison...

    The student totes his books around in a sophisticated Bally bag (628 Madison Ave at 59th St; 212-751-9082, bally.com).

  • Gagliotti's uptown-meets-downtown motto is evident by pairing cuffed Club...

    Gagliotti's uptown-meets-downtown motto is evident by pairing cuffed Club Monaco pants (clubmonaco.com) with classy Bruno Magli oxfords (shop.brunomagli.com).

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    Lena Xiao, 20, communications student and intern at Allure, Union Square When...

    Lena Xiao, 20, communications student and intern at Allure, Union Square
    When we ask Xiao to describe her style, she says it's an ever-changing thing. "I like combining different styles," she says. "I like mixing feminine and military. Never too girly---sometimes I'll just throw on a men's button-down shirt."

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    Her choice in eyewear is Oliver Peoples (oliverpeoples.com)

    Her choice in eyewear is Oliver Peoples (oliverpeoples.com).

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    Xiao's lacy, feminine top is Marc by Marc Jacobs (marcjacobs.com), purchased at...

    Xiao's lacy, feminine top is Marc by Marc Jacobs (marcjacobs.com), purchased at Bloomingdale's (bloomingdales.com). She covers up with a zippered sweater that was a gift.

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    Her staple shorts are from Forever 21 (forever21.com), which she's held onto...

    Her staple shorts are from Forever 21 (forever21.com), which she's held onto since high school. Her amber cocktail ring is from a street vendor.

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    Xiao's footwear is by Dolce Vita (149 Ludlow St between Rivington and Stanton...

    Xiao's footwear is by Dolce Vita (149 Ludlow St between Rivington and Stanton Sts; 212-529-2111, shopdolcevita.com). "I really like Blake Lively, but I try to work her style into mine, not copy it," she says of her style icon. "I also love Mary-Kate and Ashley, but I'm not going to go out in five-inch heels and a giant fur coat. Instead, I'll just wear a smaller fur coat."

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    Shi Lim, 22; cognitive-science student and intern at IW Group; Chinatown The...

    Shi Lim, 22; cognitive-science student and intern at IW Group; Chinatown
    The first thing we notice are Lim's bare feet, which make more sense when we find out she's a model in the show. Her entire look is by designer Nicholas K (nicholask.com), which fits in nicely with her personal aesthetic. "I would describe my look as very androgynous, kind of rock star," she says. "My style icons include model Erin Wasson and Alexander Wang."

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    "Since I'm still a student, I would say my day-to-day look is casual," Lim...

    "Since I'm still a student, I would say my day-to-day look is casual," Lim says, looking casual indeed in soft, draping layers.

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    Lim purchased her earrings while visiting Singapore---but it's her neon NARS...

    Lim purchased her earrings while visiting Singapore---but it's her neon NARS (narscosmetics.com) eye shadow that catches our eye.

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    Sean Na, 35, art director at cr8ny, Murray Hill Na's casual-Friday look is...

    Sean Na, 35, art director at cr8ny, Murray Hill
    Na's casual-Friday look is anything but discount. The art director's outfit is head-to-toe designer, but he assured us that he's no snob. "You have to understand that I've collected my wardrobe over a period of time," he insists. "I go shopping a lot. I find inspiration by window shopping and flipping through magazines and I enjoy picking out different things."

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    Na wears a fitted Comme des Garons blazer (comme-des-garcons.com) he picked up...

    Na wears a fitted Comme des Garons blazer (comme-des-garcons.com) he picked up at Barneys (barneys.com), and lets a Dolce & Gabbana tee peek through (dolcegabbana.com). "I'm always in jeans, but at the same time, since I'm in the agency business, it can't be paired with a torn T-shirt," says Na. "I just like to dress up slightly." He accessorizes with a pair of Louis Vuitton sunglasses (louisvuitton.com) hanging from his V-neck.

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    His outfit's pop of color comes courtesy of an orange Hermes belt (hermes.com)...

    His outfit's pop of color comes courtesy of an orange Hermes belt (hermes.com). "My style is always casual, but I like to mix it with stylish pieces like this belt to make it more contemporary," he explains.

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    Na's unique wire frames are by Armani (giorgioarmani.com)

    Na's unique wire frames are by Armani (giorgioarmani.com).

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    His fashionable boots are from the Italian brand Belstaff (belstaff.com). Na...

    His fashionable boots are from the Italian brand Belstaff (belstaff.com). Na reflects on his wardrobe, "I don't believe in picking out your whole outfit in one store, it's all about the fit for me."

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    Tanya Chen, 19, journalism student, East Village Chen's metallic gold Banana...

    Tanya Chen, 19, journalism student, East Village
    Chen's metallic gold Banana Republic sweater (bananarepublic.gap.com) allows her to stand out in the crowd. "This was actually my mom's, but I think it's still stylish for today," she says. Underneath, she pairs a patterned top from Urban Outfitters (urbanoutfitters.com), while her loose pants are from Anthropologie (anthropologie.com), where she used to work. "A lot of what I wear is for comfort, but I still want to look put together," she says.

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    Chen makes a bold statement by wearing mismatched earrings that she picked up...

    Chen makes a bold statement by wearing mismatched earrings that she picked up at a small boutique in Chicago.

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    Her bright bag is by Matt & Nat (mattandnat.com). She fills us in on her...

    Her bright bag is by Matt & Nat (mattandnat.com). She fills us in on her inspirations: "I'm really into the boho-chic movement. I think Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are great style icons; they have a great foreign, avant-garde style," she notes.

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    Chen picked up her black wedge booties at Macy's (macys.com)

    Chen picked up her black wedge booties at Macy's (macys.com).

  • Maydelin Martinez, 28; dentistry student; Union City, NJ We first spot...

    Maydelin Martinez, 28; dentistry student; Union City, NJ
    We first spot Martinez's loud printed Forever 21 dress (forever21.com) from afar, and instantly guess her style icon. "I love Jennifer Lopez, I'm originally from Cuba, so I look up to her for style," she explains.

  • Her cropped jacket and knotted chain necklace are from Forever 21 as well. "I...

    Her cropped jacket and knotted chain necklace are from Forever 21 as well. "I like wearing comfortable clothes while being stylish, so I try to buy a lot of my clothes from Forever 21," she says.

  • She bought her brown leather bag from brand-name-discount store Ross...

    She bought her brown leather bag from brand-name-discount store Ross (rossstores.com) in Florida.

  • Her stacked boots came from Ross as well

    Her stacked boots came from Ross as well.

  • Sally Wong, 20; communications student; Elmhurst, Queens Wong's one-shouldered...

    Sally Wong, 20; communications student; Elmhurst, Queens
    Wong's one-shouldered Topshop maxidress (478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts; 212-966-9555, topshop.com) shows her taste for high-fashion styles. "This year my favorite spring line was Valentino couture," she mentions.

  • Wong's floppy hat was a chic steal from a street vendor on West 4th Street and...

    Wong's floppy hat was a chic steal from a street vendor on West 4th Street and Broadway. "I wouldn't put myself into one category of style; I would describe my style as eclectic," she says.

  • She shows off her taste in simple jewelry with an understated Burberry watch...

    She shows off her taste in simple jewelry with an understated Burberry watch (burberry.com).

  • Her cross-body purse is a staple bag she picked up at Banana Republic...

    Her cross-body purse is a staple bag she picked up at Banana Republic (bananarepublic.com).

  • Wong's metallic strappy sandals were purchased at Macy's while visiting Chicago...

    Wong's metallic strappy sandals were purchased at Macy's while visiting Chicago (macys.com).

Photograph: Alex Strada

Rebecca Young, 19; fashion-design student; Bushwick, Brooklyn "I think of my...

Rebecca Young, 19; fashion-design student; Bushwick, Brooklyn
"I think of my style as schizophrenic," says Young. "I dress in mostly a vintage punk style, though." The fashion fan shows us her thrifting skills with a jacket she picked up at a Brooklyn secondhand shop and a bohemian top she stole from her mom's closet. She layers up with on oversize sweater from discount shop Conway (locations throughout the city, visit conwaystores.com).

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