Meet Fay Leshner, Topshop Fifth Avenue’s secret weapon. The Parsons grad is a former model who now spends her days as a fashion designer (she racked up hours at Diane von Furstenberg) and an editorial stylist. The U.K. retailer hired Leshner to populate its complimentary personal shopping service for the newly-opened Topshop flagship in Midtown. Care to know more? So did we.
Personal style: I describe my style as looking like a girl from a proper household who’s run away. My clothing is an eclectic mix of Old World references with contemporary edge. I like to create looks that tell a story and are cinematic.
Muses: Marchesa Casati, Anita Berber, Edie Sedgwick, Marlene Dietrich, Chloe Sevigny and Angelina Jolie.
Obsession: Print-on-print in different scales.
Pet peeve: Uggs and crocs are never ever a good thing.
Topshop must-haves: A tailored slim-fit woman’s suit, heeled ankle boots that are slim at the ankle to wear with dresses, a big statement fur and a man clutch.
Favorite fall trend: Pale shades or pop colors for fall and winter.
Trend you’ll never try: Kanye’s venetian blind sunglasses or ghetto skater.
Most popular item in your wardrobe: My Versace yellow fox fur coat.
Look for a bargain or splurge: Both!
What’s bigger—your shoe or bag collection: Shoes, for sure.
Designer brands in your closet: Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivianne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana, John Galliano, Moschino, Prada…
No. 1 fashion rule every woman should break: White after Labor Day!