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Conversations With Michelle Joan Papillion

Rai Mensah | Posted 02.10.2015 | Arts
Rai Mensah

Everyone heads to Basel with many different intentions in mind. However, the one thread that connects each and every attendee is their appreciation for art and its creators.

The Motivation Behind Creativity: Photographer, Rog Walker

Rai Mensah | Posted 08.18.2014 | Arts
Rai Mensah

For Rog Walker, photography is his medium. It connects him with humanity on an intimate level.

Beautiful Savage: The Man Issue Launches for Spring

Rai Mensah | Posted 06.04.2014 | Style
Rai Mensah

What does it take to push past the standard parameters of beauty and social norms? Who do you enlist to help you with such a bold and unconventiona...

Man Meets Woman

Rai Mensah | Posted 02.02.2014 | Style
Rai Mensah

The look and the feel of menswear brands encompass a cool ease traditionally not felt in womenswear. However, as a woman, who enjoys promoting her femininity, I also need a brand that fits my curves and my personality. So where do they meet, that intersection between ease, authenticity and feminine energy?

Blurred Lines: Fashion X Design = Art

Rai Mensah | Posted 12.22.2013 | Style
Rai Mensah

Fashion is art. Fashion is an outward expression of those fantastical ideas conjured up inside of each of us. Often we stifle the expression of our imagination because of societal norms. What's expected? What's accepted? What will resonate?

Beauty From Ashes

Rai Mensah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Style
Rai Mensah

As we listened to speakers and looked through images of the disaster, I was so very impressed by the grace and beauty with which the people of Iwate functioned even in times of devastation.

Finding Authenticity in Fashion

Rai Mensah | Posted 11.25.2013 | Style
Rai Mensah

Authenticity and finding it in the fashion industry seemed to be the running theme during the kickoff of the Fashion in Film series. The series highlighted such industry legends as Iris Apfel and Catherine Martin.

The Promise of New Talent

Rai Mensah | Posted 11.18.2013 | Style
Rai Mensah

Talent coupled with the right backing and support provides an undeniably successful result. During New York Fashion Week two of the most promising designers showed under the Harlem's Fashion Row umbrella.

Edgy Cuts and Bold Design: Public School S/S 2014 Presentation

Rai Mensah | Posted 11.10.2013 | Style
Rai Mensah

An interesting mix of New York grit and the well traveled gentleman, the Public School brand continues to evolve and provide their perspective on contemporary menswear.

Taking a Style Detour: Exit E

Rai Mensah | Posted 11.04.2013 | Style
Rai Mensah

Her expression not only comes through in her words, but also in the the style and grace with which she chooses to live her life. Chatting with her we found out what motivates her daily style.