STYLE GURU STYLE: Grungy Leather and Layers

Beyoncé, layering and ’90s grunge—these were the words that popped into my head when I came across Faith Connexion’s pre-fall 2016 collection.

New to the American market after debuting its pre-fall collection in New York, this Paris-based brand has already made a huge impact here. I was happy to find Faith Connexion when I came across a photo of Beyoncé wearing a personalized military jacket from the label last month.

As I flipped through photo after photo of the pre-fall collection, I witnessed the impeccable execution of just the right amount of bagginess and layering, combined with classic pieces such as leather moto jackets, plaid and denim.

Although this is definitely a grunge-inspired collection, the interesting twist to note is the clown shoes that complement each outfit. They aren’t traditional biker boots like you would see in any other ‘90s grunge-inspired collection, but it was the awkward accent that inspired me to translate this runway trend into my own look.

Like many Fashionista/os, I build my outfits from my shoes up, which was the key for this look. Forget putting the focus on the grunge trend or layering—this look is all about the clown shoes. I grabbed my rain boots, a pair of rubber lace-ups, in the boldest print I could find, cheetah print, and went from there.

I decided I would go for my faux leather pieces, as leather was a staple item in nearly every look in the collection. I paired my gray faux leather, pleated circle skirt and my faux leather jacket and combined them with a plaid button-down shirt and tights. By tucking the button-down shirt into the skirt, I was still able to keep my shape while staying true to the collection’s method of layering. By treating plaid as a neutral, I was able to combine the pattern from my top and the pattern of my shoes to create the effortless vibe Faith Connexion was going for with this collection.

Get My Look: 1. The perfect plaid shirt. 2. A pair of patterned lace-up shoes. 3. A leather jacket.