Style Icons: Faith Lehane

STYLE ICON: Faith Lehane

Buffy The Vampire Slayer is everything to me – meaning, I’ve been obsessed with the show since season two first aired back in 1998. I was thirteen at the time (and now I feel ancient).

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The series has quite a few sketchy fashion moments overall, though just as many good ones to balance things out. One character who rarely disappoints in the wardrobe department is Faith Lehane (Eliza Dushku) – the carefree Slayer who accidentally murders a human and begins her descent into evil. Faith is a fan-favourite character for many reasons: her friendship with Buffy which devolves into enmity, her morbid wit; her inner conflict as she eventually makes a bid for redemption. She’s the dark mirror of Buffy, not only in morality, but how she chooses to present herself.

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Season three is my personal favourite for Faith’s aesthetic, especially since it’s offbeat from the very start. As much as I like goth-ish antagonists, the concept gets a little tired when used as a sudden visual cue (a lazy way to prove that someone’s turned into the bad guy). Faith’s look is sparse and simplistic when broken down into the key elements – she fled to Sunnydale with just a bag of essentials, and certain pieces show up a number of times. To get the vibe, work from a base of leather trousers, tank tops, sheer shirts and chunky boots. Add some eyeliner and a heavy dash of lipstick to channel your inner rogue.

Words: Sam Handley

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