Mar 16

Street Style Huntress: METALLICS

by Aldona Barutowicz · 0 comments

Her personal style and amazing energy have impressed me for years, so it’s no wonder that she’s appeared in front of my camera on numerous occasions, from features for other publications to galleries that I captured at various festivals and events throughout the years. And now, she’s back for another round, because well…I said so! And when Ashely Engbrecht showed up in her flashy metallic jacket, I knew that everything was perfectly aligned for another photo shoot.

I love how she layers this look and adds beautiful knits in neutral tones to pieces that are much much bolder – and rocks it hard. I think playing with textures, colours and fabrications can be so much fun, and Engbrecht does just that. Sprinkle in her beautiful smile, and you have photos you won’t soon forget.

Much love, AldonaB (Street Style Huntress)

Make sure you follow my fashion and street style adventures @aldonabcreative

How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style consists of everything around me. Different cultures such as African, Indian, French, and Asian I draw the most from. From classy to punk, to a little casual… you can call me a chameleon.

What are some of your influences when it comes to fashion? 

Recently I have been intrigued by the dominatrix style. A kind of bad ass woman meets a put together look. My current obsession is Instagram; the Vougeitalia account and thestylestalkercom account are both my go-to’s every day for inspiration.  Music also is a big inspiration. After all Rihanna has been slaying fashion since I can remember.  Trusting my intuition when it comes to fashion has never led me astray.

What are some of your favourite Downtown YYC spots? 

As being a foodie I love Plowshare. Their duck waffles are delicious!  For coffee DeVille in Fashion Central, Monogram, Phil & Seb, and Tokyo Smoke.

What are some of your favourite trends right now? 

Loving the military styled hats. It took me a little while to find one (as I have a baby head) though I lucked out with Club Monaco. Leather jackets never go out of style and the silk bomber jackets are tres cute. The number one trend for me will always be a nice cosy turtleneck.

What fashion advice would you give to others?

Fashion is universal, be yourself 150%. Don’t let the clothes wear you, take charge and be proud of what you wear no matter how crazy it is.

Tell us more about the projects and work that you’re involved with.

Currently I am a student at The Fashion Institute through Olds College. It essentially is my life, and even though it is intense I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. As for projects I am always on the lookout for creating with others. Dance is another proud part of my life.  May it be watching a performance or just dancing for the fun of it. With projects, in general, I am in the process of curating.

What are some of your future aspirations?  

I do love to sing in my spare time.  One day being in a jazz band would be fantastic!  As for fashion, I would love to work more with leather, maybe even burlesque costumes. What is so great about fashion is how universal it is.  There is always a demand for it somewhere, leaving me with a broad future ahead. As I love to travel, I hope to take workshops around the world to better my experience as a designer.

How does your work influence your personal style? 

My work keeps me on my toes and allows me to think outside the box.  You might find me inspecting someones jacket or pants to get a better understanding of how it is made.

Anything you’d like to add or tell us about?

Be yourself 100%, live honestly, passionately and never forget your values.  Self respect is the most important thing you can do for yourself.  Last yet not least… LOVE yourself.

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