We caught up with Oriel Barnard, owner and designer of Lisp clothing, to find out what she’s loving and lusting after at the moment, and which trends fashion-forward GLAMOUR girls will be following this season!
Why did you choose a career in fashion?
I never had that moment where I asked myself “what do I wanna be when I grow up?” I just always knew from very little that I had a natural love for arts and fashion, but then it was crayon drawing and dress up.
If I see you out on the street, what are you most likely to be wearing?
Thats easy – short statement shorts (high waisted floral shorts, distressed bleach denim shorts, silver shorts), and a distressed white T-shirt, accessorised with a leather belt, silver necklaces and rings.
What’s your favourite item in your wardrobe?
It must be my big faux fur leopard print jacket. I adore it.
How would you describe your style?
Laid back, yet fashionable rock chic, with a dash of grunge.
How similar is your personal style to the style of the clothes you design?
Haha (laughs). its basically the same. I only design what I would wear myself, and my muse of course. I love dressing out of my sample rail.
What are the style essentials that every woman should own?
A pair of well fitted black skinnys, a white T-shirt, a pair of killer heels, denim shorts and a beautiful jacket/coat that you can take with you everywhere, and throw on when it gets chilly.
So, I’m cleaning out my closet. What am I throwing out?
You are throwing out the garments that are so worn out that they look like a cleaning cloth, the ones that do not fit, and if a garment is in in your closet, but is not your style – throw it! And if you don’t wear it anymore, but you still love it – pack it away (not in your closet, but somewhere else). In a years time, or so go look what you have hidden, I rotate my closet like that all the time.
How can wearing colour be made easy? Does this change a lot if I’m dark-skinned? Very pale skinned?
If you are dark-skinned, you can wear absolutely any colour – white, black , neon , pastels – they all look gorgeous! I’m envious when someone is pale skinned – you have to be more selective when it comes to colour. You easily pick up what colour makes you pop. If you are not big on colour, but love a new trend like neon, you can incorporate it into your look with accessories, such as a belt or handbag, or even sunglasses.
I’m about to invest in one stylish item – What is it I’m investing in?
A pair of short leather boots – grunge style!
How can I stay on point this season, when I’m on a budget?
There are many ways – get creative. My favourite is whipping out the paint, bleach and dye. Then add a little snip snip. You can find wonderful tutorials on blogs about revamping your clothes according to trends.
What are your style “no go’s”?
Wearing clothing that is too small for you.
What do you predict will be this season’s top trend?