STEAL THEIR STYLE

Three chic women give Naomi Larkin the in­side track on the in­flu­ences shap­ing their daily fash­ion and beauty choices.

Simply You Style - - Contents - WENDY FRANCIS-CHING direc­tor, Con­sign­ment fur­ni­ture

– three chic women re­veal their fash­ion and beauty in­flu­ences

What does your job en­tail?

My main fo­cus is on sourc­ing high-qual­ity con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture and get­ting the word out to clients who are look­ing for that spe­cial item for their home.

De­scribe a typ­i­cal day for you.

I’m not known for my early morn­ing starts but once I get go­ing there is an aw­ful lot to do in a day and I’m of­ten work­ing un­til 8pm. Apart from talk­ing with clients and ar­rang­ing lo­gis­tics, there are vis­its to our con­signors and sup­pli­ers.

De­scribe your per­sonal style.

I’m a bit of a tomboy – some might say age­ing rock chick but I gave up the leather trousers a long time ago! I have my sta­ples but I do se­lect fresh in­flu­ences from sea­sonal trends.

Do you have a work ‘uni­form’?

Yes, denim above all (un­less it’s black trousers) and boots.

Who are your style icons?

Ar­mani for his fem­i­nine take on suit­ing, Gal­liano and Mcqueen for their de­con­struc­tion and re­craft­ing, An­gela Wick­stead for her amaz­ing un­der­stand­ing of fabric and fit, and Emilia Wick­stead for her con­tem­po­rary slant on clas­sic el­e­gance.

Do you fol­low any fash­ion rules?

Un­for­tu­nately, and to my daugh­ters’ hor­ror, no – I even do dou­ble denim. I like oc­ca­sions when I can be a lit­tle cre­ative in that sense.

How do ac­ces­sories feature in your style?

I love a state­ment belt, rings, bracelets and ear­rings and I use scarves a lot in win­ter.

What’s your fash­ion ob­ses­sion?

Sun­glasses and shoes – they both al­low you to be in char­ac­ter some­how. One pro­vides a mys­tique and the other a cer­tain swag. To­gether they can make you feel more con­fi­dent; you can be who you want to be in that mo­ment.

Jacket by Emilia Wick­stead, pants by Joseph and heels by Saba.

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