Fashion: Cuba libre

On the street A trendy Cuban art show party. But what to wear?
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Luke Day, 22, junior fashion editor of `Attitude' magazine, from London. Wears second-hand Harley-Davidson T-shirt belonging to his flatmate, vintage zip-up jogging top by Nike borrowed from a friend, bag by YMC.

"I came here tonight because it's a good opportunity to see Cuban art and I really enjoy going to Duffer parties. This is my out-of-the-office look; I look smarter than this for work. If I went in like this they'd probably think I was a shoplifter. I'm always changing my hair style, it used to be very Joan of Arc but now it's more choirboy. I generally enjoy shopping and I especially love the Maharishi section in Selfridges."

Karen Weeks, 24, manager of The Loft in London's Covent Garden, from Kent. Wears shirt by Armani, tie by Vivienne Westwood.

"I work in a second-hand designer clothes shop, so I get most of the clothes I like at reasonable prices. We get some really nice stuff. I'm waiting for some Alexander McQueen. I first heard about him when I was at college but then I went travelling and came back and by that time he'd got really big. I also like Owen Gaster, he does good trousers. This is quite typical of the sort of thing I would usually wear. I prefer to wear what I like rather than follow fashion trends."

Melanie Phelan, 30, owner and designer of Melanie Phelan range, from London. Wears pink knitted top from Nothing in Portobello, cardigan from Greenwich market.

"I'm lucky when it comes to buying clothes. I make most of my own, and my friends own the shop Nothing, so they give me a lot too. My favourite designer is Shelley Fox. I like the cut of the clothes, the way they move and the fabrics she uses. They look almost organic. I think John Galliano is good too, he has a very theatrical style. I used to design club wear for the Ministry of Sound but now I'm more interested in modern clothing."

Michael Ellis, 22, sales associate at fashion store Browns Focus, from London. Wears earring by Quentin Mackay, vest by Maria Chen from Browns, T-shirt second-hand army surplus, bag by Duffer.

"I'm doing a punk thing with a year 2000 twist at the moment. I'm bored of everything in the shops, too much grey. I don't want to look too girlie but I am keen on bringing sleeveless tops back to heterosexuality. I shop mainly at Browns, but I also like Jones. Eventually I want to have my own shop where I'll sell quirky, original items."

Cuban Art in association with The Duffer of St George is at the Sho Gallery, 73 Curtain Road, London EC2 until 18 April

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