Frassy's fashion masterclass
Thu 30 Sep 2010
Frassy's fashion masterclass
Fashion blogger Audrey Leighton, aka Frassy, has been featured in Vogue, Elle and Grazia, to name but a few fashion bibles, and is constantly snapped by the best street style photographers. Here she tells Lipsy what she'll be wearing in the new season and how she stamps her own unique style on every outfit she puts together.
Comfy layering, the standard military-inspired boots and marl grey are the kind of staples that stay loyal to every autumn/winter season. But what's exciting is the surge of tempting new trends coming our way: crisp and clean styles are emerging as the must-have looks.
I'll be adapting Dizzee's mantra, "Fix Up, Look Sharp", by investing in these a/w trends:
The print: Think Blondie in New York circa 1960s - coloured lips and a fiery feline print. Invest in a leopard-print coat or on an oversized animal-print scarf - yum.
The colour: Who needs a Valentine in February with red - this season's hot-as-passion it-colour. I'm coveting a blood-red woolly bandeau dress to pair with slouchy leathers and vintage blazers.
The coat: Consider the overcoat. Oversized, deliciously baggy, the king of all coats and one you can lose your limbs in. As for colour, I'll be headed neutral-way; camel, taupe, sand or military green.
The socks: Ah, the poor sock, an often-neglected ensemble component. Pull them up, past kneesville, or all the way to thighland. The bigger, bulkier and woollier, the better.
Own your look
In fashion, it's important to own your look - have a unique take on a trend and an original twist on an outfit.
I almost always embellish my looks with the magic of accessorises. I usually wear something on my head, from hats (oh how I love hats) to headbands, a big backcombed bun or even just an extra-large feather to pin to my ponytail.
Finger bling is another trusty trick: Spice up those paws with a selection of rings. The beauty of rings is that, unlike other jewellery, you can never wear too many.
Nails have also become a big deal trend of late, and it looks like painted paws is a look that's here to stay. Channel Katy Perry and visualise your nails as miniature canvases. Be artistic; from polka dots, through decals, to the Minx nail craze.
Finally, let me introduce you to my best friend: the blazer - they go with everything! Snap up crazy-print styles plus a couple of classics (navy, black, cream) and wear them over any outfit - from a maxi to a mini to a band tee and shorts. Call me old-fashioned, but a little casual tailoring goes a long, long way outfit-wise.
My Lipsy Picks
My Lipsy trend tips for a/w? Grey, embellishment, drape-detail and asymmetric styles. I'm currently coveting these beauties:
Embellished maxi dress - Perfect with a blazer and oversized scarf for transitional season dressing.
Embellished shoulder drape dress - I'd pair this beauty with black towering platforms and a long silk kimono.
Embellished one-shoulder mesh dress - I am dying to wear a dress like this for my 21st birthday party, with an abundance of lavish cocktail rings and a pink bob wig.
Asymmetric jersey mini dress - With a black turban headband and smoky eye makeup, this would scream Catherine Baba - my all time fashion icon.
One-shoulder drape dress - Delicious colour, beautiful tailoring- I'd add one of my Moschino belts, a pair of ridiculously high heels & a dark blazer to create a Frassy-Lipsy ensemble.
For more from Frassy, visit her uber-cool blog www.befrassy.com.