This week I drove the latest Aston Martin DB11. From the onset I could not help ponder what is the fashion and lifestyle image for women driving an Aston Martin for 2020? I had little to go by regarding history of a women driving an Aston Martin. There is not a lot out there.

So I had to create my own image. Steer the way, I had to be in the drivers seat.

Fashion and lifestyle 2020 Aston Martin DB11. gracie Opulanza

More challenging  how are the women going to be portrayed in the new James Bond coming out in April, No Time To Die? No matter what, we all agree that the car brand is and will always be associated with James Bond.

What is the Aston Martin style for the DB11?

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My Moodboard

Driving an Aston Martin DB11 at £180,000 I had to be fearless, confident and calm. The car image has it’s own power all I had to do was drive and live out the lifestyle.

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Terracotta Colours for 2020 is a huge trend. I have been wearing them for over a year now. It never dates as a colour.

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Trending sustainable fashion is massive challenge for any lifestyle and fashion brands for 2020.

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Gold accessories with terracotta clothing are like a duck to water. Combined with the 1980’s Yves Saint-Laurent, 22crt gold plated. It can only be described as a licence to thrill!

Leather Empowerment

It would have been too cliche to go for the tuxedo vibe here. I am a trendsetter, not a follower. Who’s wearing the trousers this season? That would be me. If there’s one key piece, it’s the leather jacket pure and simple. This Spice red leather jacket with a fluffy collar and cuffs is no longer available. It is from the famous Spanish brand called Uterque.

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The leather trousers are from Massimo Dutti, no longer available. They are sports luxe like wearing gym trainers. I love them because they have an elastic waistband.

Which is perfect for driving and I reviewed over six restaurants so that tummy did grow larger. They look much more elegant than denim.

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It matched the spice red seat belt of the Aston Martin DB11.

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The colour was a great contrast to the pearl white of the Aston Martin and every time I stepped out. My James Bond image was very clear. I am passionate about the brand. Plus walking into opulent settings and hotel reviews. I have to look the part, set the tone and create an image. Leather jackets are all about that.

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Philipp Plein Wellies

The storms in the UK were out of control.  Unrelenting rain pour was ridiculous. I wanted to make sure I looked empowering and super cool with my footwear. These Philipp Plein 2015 leather wellies, were a show stopper every single time!

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The practical side was the rubber soles, so I could park and run in the rain without getting my feet wet.Gracie Opulanza Aston Martin DB11 MenStyleFashion review 2020 (2)

The upper part was leather with a skull imprint on them. With a leather studded belts around the ankle. I could have sold these boots a thousand times over. Both men and women were asking me about them.

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Leather Dress Top

For me experiencing luxury cars is all about my sense of style and forever striving for self-improvement. 2020 car industry will be the most challenging for me ever. It is a declining market due to the electric cars taking over and the push for climate change.

So yes I am woke. Wearing sustainable clothes driving a v8 is a contradiction that I have to live with.

I am wearing a leather studded dress top from Spain Uterque again no longer available. Leather tops like this will last me a lifetime both in trends and materials.  I teamed it with some silver leggings from an Italian brand called Calzedonia again no longer available.

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Leather with studs is always going to be a strong message of independence and comfort. Leather whilst driving is flexible. As an owner of a man’s magazine, menstylefashion of course I have to wear clothes that create a stylistically persona.

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I decided to team it with a sports bra. I hate wearing bras but this is a sports edition car and I had to feel comfortable whilst driving it. The James Bond ladies for 2020 I feel will be moving in style and action. It is not easy or elegant to get in and out of these types of cars.

Hence the leggings allow me to manoeuvre in and out of the Aston Martin in a  powerful way.

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Junky Accessories

I am self-made, growing a brand like this can be very boring.  Doing the things I hate but needs to be done requires tenacity, reinventing oneself. So my accessories give me motivation and feedback that the power of bloody hard work will pay off in time. I am all about chunky jewelry, Atelier Swarovski and everything over the top.

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The chunky red beaded necklace is from 2014 Uterque, it smashes an outfit into completion.

Atelier Swarovski is not easily found and costs a lot more to purchase. The designs are much more extravagant. With an Aston Martin as we know it, the marketing of jewels during the James Bond Movies is a multi-million pound opportunity.

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This chunky claw ring by Atelier Swarvoski certainly deterred any unwanted Aston Martin thieves. My goodness, it is a great knuckle buster if anyone dared to take me on. The double flower Atelier Swarvoski ring was elegant but again very powerful in my message.

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Vintage Eyewear

Acceptance of self seems to be the key at my age. Do I think of myself a supermodel icon? No, absolutely not but my eyewear really transforms my image. These are Vintage Gucci and Fendi, no longer available but look super chic.

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Gucci 2016

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Microblading Tattoo Eyebrows

I’ve always had bushy brows, but as I’ve gotten older, the beginning and tail end of my arches have definitely thinned out. This is normal, experts say, but it’s not the look I’m going for.  Thanks to my amazing friend Sital, she introduced me to microblading.

Manual microblading is a form of semi-permanent tattooing that involves using tiny, fine-point needles (instead of a tattoo gun) that make up a small disposable blade and handle (think: a very small rat-tail comb-looking tool) that helps scratch and deposit pigment simultaneously under your skin.

I’m not going to lie, I was kind of nervous about the whole semi-permanent part of this procedure (I’m a Leo, hence I’m adventurous), I only did it because I know Sital for many years. She is brilliant at what she does. Sital would never make me do anything without knowing I would feel and look fabulous in my Aston Martin.

To start, Sital asked me what I wanted to achieve with this experience. We both agreed as I am Italian decent, I wanted my brows to be thicker and longer, since brows when I was younger, were just that.

She then began to outline my arches, creating the shape that she would eventually work within when she began microblading them.

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How fab do they look with the Aston Martin logo?

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Style Conclusion

My priorities are clear, nowadays work, family and what has always been my love for fashion which is my trendsetting ideas. I am very blessed to have a job that does not feel like a job: it’s my passion. My constant search for self-improvement is a love and hate relationship. But if you dream big, network hard and trust your own abilities you can achieve your dreams, no matter how small or little. But one of the key motivations for me to continue to run my magazines is the passion to share who I am as a fashion and lifestyle icon.