Fall Fashion: Scientific Models

The biotech brains over at One Kendall Square, Epicenter of Cambridge’s booming life-sciences industry, provide the ideal test subjects for fall’s breakthrough styles.

Photographs by Matt Hoyle

Styling by Callista Wilson

Elena O’Brien, scientific support rep for antibody maker ABCAM, shows the new look for leather: still sexy, now office-appropriate.


Roberto Cavalli fitted suit, $1,795 (suit pants not shown), Serenella; Viktor & Rolf chiffon blouse, $875, Riccardi; Elise Øverland leather leggings, $1,450, Louis Boston; Yves Saint Laurent pumps, $795, Saks Fifth Avenue.

Clinton Dawson
Age: 26
Comapny: Semprus Biosciences
Job: Research Associate
Current Project: Active Biomaterials in Hospital Settings


Yves Saint Laurent wool suit, $1,895, Alan Bilzerian Dolce & Gabbana cotton shirt, $395, and Allen Edmonds lace-ups, $325, both Saks Fifth Avenue; Dior jacquard tie; $180, Riccardi.

This Season’s slim-cut brown suit offers a ’40s-inspired look with an unmistakably modern vibe.

Holly Deak
Age: 34
Company: Amgen
Job: Senior Scientist
Current Project: New Cancer Therapies


Alexander Wang silk blouse, $360, Stel’s; Bottega Veneta high-waisted wool skirt, $960, Barney’s New York; Yigal Azrouel studded leather belt, $360, Gretta Luxe; Proenza Schouler suede booties, $795, Louis Boston

Playing with proportion from head to toe gives old-school separates fresh, unconventional lines.

Christine Bode
Age: 27
Company: Amgen
Job: Senior Associate
Current Project: Drugs for Early-Stage Cancers

Malin Holm
Age: 25
Company: Pervasive Therapeutics
Job: Business Development Assistant

Kevin Hamill
Age: 27
Company: ABCAM
Job: Scientific Support Specialist


1. On Christiane, Akris wool-blend dress, $995, Neiman Marcus; 3.1 Philip Lim belt, $175, Dress; Miu Miu suede pumps, $525, Saks Fifth Avenue.

2. On Malin, Viktor & Ralf leather and wool blazer, $1,995, Riccardi; Steinunn knit shell, $295, Stil; Akris wool skirt, $995, Bloomingdale’s; Marni pumps, $525, Louis Boston; Reveil python clutch, $695, LuxCouture. 

3. On Ken, Paul Smith pinstripe wool suit, $1,480, Saks Fifth Avenue; striped cotton shirt, $150, Drinkwater’s knit tie, $115, Barney’s New York; Salvatore Ferragamo leather shoes, $520, Saks Fifth Avenue

Whether it’s a hard leather belt with a feminine dress or a knit tie with a sleek two-button suit, a mix of textures renews classic shapes. 

Heather Hurley
Age: 33
Company: ABCAM
Job: Shipping Supervisor

Ilya Zlatkovsky
Age: 25
Company: Cequent Pharmaceuticals
Job: Research Associate
Current Project: E. Coli modifications


1. Jill Sander tweed dress, $1,845, Barney’s New York; Chanel suede pumps, $1,045, Bloomingdale’s; Giles & Brother silver-and-brass-oxide necklace, $150, Dress; House of Harlow leather cuff, $115, Gretta Luxe; Katherine Kwei leather pouchlette, $575, LuxCouture.

2. John Galliano wool vest-jacket, $1,395, Riccardi; Paul Smith cotton shirt, $295, and Church’s leather boots, $705, both Saks Fifth Avenue; Original Penguin tweed pants, $125, Uniform; leather briefcase, $498, and clip-on bow tie, $25, both Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Couture touches, like asymmetrical pleats and architectural jackets, command attention rather than make a fuss. 

Dan La
Age: 36
Company: Amgen
Job: Senior Scientist
Current Project: Cancer Research


Prada wool suit, $1,925, Neiman Marcus; cotton shirt, $300, and belt, $190, both Alan Bilzerian; Psycho Bunny silk tie, $115, Drinkwater’s; Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, $520, Saks Fifth Avenue

A tie with a quirky yet well-designed print brings swagger to fall’s austere suiting. 


Stefan McDonough
Age: 40
Company: Amgen
Job: Principle Scientist
Current Project: Cure for chronic pain


Alexander McQueen wool jacket, $1,300, and pants, $615, both Barneys New York; Theory cotton shirt, $225, Neiman Marcus

Pulling off the three-button jacket requires a bit of flair—edgy shirt, skinnier-than-yoiu’re-used-to pants.

Brenda Chin
Age: 44
Company: Cequent Pharmaceuticals
Job: Operations Manager


Yigal Azroel polyester dress, $770, Saks Fifth Avenue; Prada peep-toe pumps, $575, Neiman Marcus; Yigal Azroel leather cuff, $370, Gretta Luxe. 

Heels in rich jewel tones like amethyst are at once daring and sophisticated, especially when accenting clothing in the same palette.