We’re thrilled to re-feature UK-based Lisa Welden Lennkh (49) of The Sequinist, who was first featured here in October 2016. Lisa continues to sport Modern Classic looks mixed with high-quality on-trend pieces. She very much enjoys eye-catching footwear, bold colours, fun bags, statement jewellery, and a good dose of glitz, shine, and glam.
“I definitely use a LOT more colour now. Partly because I am older and I need more colour to make my skin look fresh, and partly because I’ve had a colour consultation with some real experts, and I’m more educated on the topic. I now really see the difference that wearing warm-toned bright colours makes on my skin. I still wear some black, but`I wear only warm toned makeup to compensate. I still adore sparkle, so sequins will forever be the first thing that catches my eye.
Another way my style has changed is I am very conscious of the provenance of my clothes now. Who made them? Under what conditions? What is the ethos behind the company who made them? I buy less but I buy better. I look for versatility. This has had an impact on my style because it means I buy high quality well-made investment pieces and no fast fashion. Traditionally, people think of investment pieces as navy, black, camel, or grey; since that doesn’t work in my more colourful ‘statement’ wardrobe, my investment pieces are a long orange wool coat, a bright green cashmere sweater, a red cashmere cape, or a multicoloured bag that works with almost all of my outfits.”
A red and black outfit with lots of punch. Lisa is sporting black Ponte capri trousers with a V-neck sweater and matching cashmere poncho in a vibrant tomato red. Opting for fitted pants and tailored sweater offsets the volume of the poncho, which has clean lines as Lisa prefers her ponchos streamlined. Our blogger’s delightful pointy-toed tartan booties add patterned pizzazz, while the red beret with black leather trim adds a military-inspired accent. A structured satchel, black sunnies, and red lipstick to match the colour palette are the accessories of choice.
Lisa has a flair for the dramatic. Inspired by Dior’s veiled berets, she decided to channel Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde for this all-black look. She’s paired a knee-length Modern Classic knitted turtleneck dress with silver and black sequin pumps that add sparkle. The star of the show is undoubtedly her black faux-crocodile patent coat, reminiscent of the ‘60s and The Avengers’ Emma Peel. It adds pattern, texture and shine in one fell swoop, and makes Lisa look like the stylish hero in a spy novel. Her black satchel, glam DIY-ed beret and bright pink-red lippy finish off the look.
Happy colours for a grey day. Lisa has tucked a white silk blouse into dark-wash jeans with big turned up cuffs. Tucking the top lengthens the leg line, while turning up the cuffs showcases more of the green statement booties. They’re satin with a gold bird print that matches the butter yellow of her Modern Classic coat wonderfully. This shade of yellow also looks beautiful with Lisa’s blonde hair. Our colour-loving blogger then cleverly added all the colours of the rainbow with her unique bag. She also layered two identical floral motif necklaces in blue crystal, and picked a matching pair of earrings to complete the look.
Lisa was invited to put together an outfit for a Summer mother-of-the-bride look, and fell in love with this magnificent orchid purple one-shoulder dress. It fits her like a glove, has asymmetrical drape detailing in the back, and clever ruching in the front that looks very flattering. For this occasion, she styled it with turquoise accessories and footwear, which makes for a striking combo that is signature Lisa. The pointy-toed pumps peeking out from under the dress add a playful touch. The oversized envelope clutch creates structure, and the gold and turquoise chandelier earrings work perfectly with Lisa’s shoulder-length hair.
A simple black V-neck sweater is a great support act for Lisa’s dressy form-fitting pencil skirt in bold colours. It draws all the attention to the sparkly fabric and interesting mix of vertical and horizontal stripes. Keeping the sweater at hip length creates vertical integrity. The pointy-toed high-heeled pumps in burgundy suede add texture and personality. A multi-layered necklace picks up all the colours in the beautiful skirt and fills in the V-neckline of the top. Add pink-red lipstick and timeless sunnies, and Lisa is good to go.
Comfy sneakers, a striped tee, and jeans are fab for a day of running around London. But Lisa being Lisa amped up the style quotient by adding items with details that have her name written all over them. The blue and white breton tee is sequined for a bit of daytime glitter. The nubuck sneakers are a shade of blue that works brilliantly with her jeans. The newsboy cap brings a slightly different shade of blue and a tomboy touch into the mix. And her chic Sherlock Holmes-esque cape with its trapeze silhouette dresses up the look. So does the iconic golden-beige Chanel bag. A big cocktail ring, leaf motif earrings and raspberry lipstick are the polished finishing touches.
Let us know what you think of Lisa’s strong and colourful outfits in the comments, and be sure to check out the rest of her outfits on her blog.