Fancies is a Grapevine series where we highlight an individual with supreme style. Our latest subject is Grace Achieng (33), who is a fashion designer and influencer. You can follow her at @achigracie on Instagram.
Grace is wearing:
- Red jumpsuit from Fashion Nova. I like Fashion Nova because they make clothing for curvy women and therefore they dress my curves.
- Jacket from Júník
- Shoes from Zara
- Bracelet from Michael Kors
- Necklace from Sif Jakobs
- Lipstick from Nars
Describe your style in 5 words: Feminine, effortless, chic, contemporary and modern.
Favourite stores in Reykjavík: I like Zara because they emulate quality and I can usually get simple but fashion forward outfits and good shoes from them, especially heels. I also like Júník because they are always on-trend. You can get anything from a casual party dress to a red carpet look.
Favourite piece: I have a black skirt that I made myself, it’s high-waisted and all the way down to the floor with a thigh high slit. I love that, but to be honest, right now I love most of the things in my closet. I don’t have a lot of stuff but the stuff I have is stuff I love. I also have a lot of shoes. I would say I’m a collector. For me, to have a display of heels just makes me happy. My favourite right now are these deep red ankle boots with a hollow golden heel. Every time I walk on the street with them people are like, “I love your shoes!”
Least favourite trend: When I see people not trying, not putting in effort. When I see people in sweats on the street—especially grey sweats—that annoys me, or makes me want to ask if everything is ok… Just put a little effort! It makes you feel good. Put on something nice, a touch of makeup, just a little goes a long way. Make yourself feel good. I agree with Coco Chanel: “Life is too short for ugly clothes.”
Lusting after: I want a good feminine trench coat with a hood. I am very specific about the coat I want but I want something for all weather types. When it’s bad weather, I still want to have a nice trench to go with a good outfit.
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