Schifilliti: Pinot blooms into new trend

PINOT is the new black, says Melbourne stylist Franco Schifilliti.

The fashion show king is coming to Frankston this month to provide style tips and advice on the latest colours and trends going into autumn and winter.

He will be giving free fashion workshops at Bayside shopping centre for women of all ages and sizes.

The workshops will focus on selecting the right look for different figure shapes, with a special emphasis on the 12-16 dress sizes.

He will be teaching people how to introduce new colours and fabrics to enhance their look and match outfits with shoes and accessories.

"I want women to be inspired to go beyond their safety zones," Schifilliti said.

"With styles and colours people can get stuck in a rut and I want to encourage them to try different things."

All clothing and accessories will be taken from retailers within the shopping centre.

"Pinot is the in colour for autumn and winter. It's so good you could drink it.

"You can wear it with charcoal, black, and even camel. It's versatile enough to wear on its own as a dress, or as a highlight colour in a sweater or jeans.

"I would encourage women to pick one highlight colour for the season that they can add to outfits in gloves, a scarf or handbag."

Leather, either real or faux, was also an in look. "We are seeing a lot more of leather in skirts, dresses, leather-trimmed tops or leggings.

"Metallics come and go but they are in for the younger ones this season, gold dusted jeans with a metallic finish, metallic feel tops and sequins."

Schifilliti developed a love for fashion at just five years. His mother was a dressmaker so he was always surrounded by clothes and fashion.

Now while his focus is mainly on fashion shows and styling for newspapers and magazines, his greatest satisfaction comes from working with size 14-16 women.

"I love working with women and making them feel good about their figure. It's all about downplaying the negatives and accentuating the positives. We all love that feeling when someone says 'that looks really good'."

Fashion HQ will be running on level one of Bayside shopping centre from March 7-23.

Workshops with Schifilliti will be held on March 16 at noon and 2pm. One-on-one style sessions with Anika Walker will also be on offer.

Both sessions are free but bookings are essential by visiting baysideshopping.com.au.

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