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FashionFashion Director Justine Lee Shares Her FW18 Fashion Week Picks With Moda Operandi

Fashion Director Justine Lee Shares Her FW18 Fashion Week Picks With Moda Operandi

Fashion Director Justine Lee Shares Her FW18 Fashion Week Picks With Moda Operandi
Photo: Courtesy of Jason Lloyd-Evans
By Hong Kong Tatler
April 09, 2018
As the fashion director of Hong Kong Tatler, Justine Lee regularly attends Fashion Weeks in Paris and works closely with the city's fashion-forward faces for the magazine's style pages. We sit down with the fashion enthusiast to talk shop, where she scores her stylish pieces and what she has her eye on for the coming season from Moda Operandi.

Where do you shop most of the time?

A big part of my job is keeping an eye on what’s new, what’s available in stores, and new things that are popping up. I’m a big online shopper actually. Usually after work or on the weekends, I try to steer clear from stores and just spend time doing other things. As a result, I shop online a lot, and in recent months, I’m spending more and more time browsing on apps. It’s the best! 

What sets Moda Operandi apart from the other online platforms you shop on?

Trunkshows! Being able to order things straight off the runway—isn’t that every fashion-savvy woman’s dream? I was in Paris earlier this month and attended shows like Alessandra Rich, Poiret (Yi Qin Yin’s debut collection for the label) and Loewe—and you could shop the collection right away on Moda Operandi, while everything is still fresh on your mind.

Another brand that Moda Operandi has just launched for Trunkshows is Prada, which was one of my favourite shows from Milan. 

Backstage at Prada FW18 | Photo: Courtesy of Moda Operandi
Backstage at Prada FW18 | Photo: Courtesy of Moda Operandi

How do you go about discovering new brands?

I think if you ask this question to a lot of fashion insiders, journalists and buyers, they will tell you more and more they are discovering new brands on social media. In particular, Instagram—it’s a great visually-driven platform where you can get the gist of a brand almost instantaneously.

A lot of it is also spent on e-tailer platforms with editorial content as well as digital platforms of magazines.

Styles you’re going to shop for in FW18?

Tweed outerwear—it’s not necessarily a trend, but more of a Fall/Winter essential, but I feel like next season is the right time to be investing in the wardrobe staple. I’m always on the lookout for new animal prints, and there are a lot of good python and leopard options for the coming season. And for evening, it’s safe to say anything that’s KiraKira friendly is OK in my books.

What are the top five Ready-to-Wear Trunkshows you are shopping on Moda Operandi right now?

Scroll through the slideshow below to find out which Trunkshows I'm loving and why.

Alessandra RichRich's dresses are my go-to for a lot of black tie events, I love how her designs are figure-flattering, always a little retro, and I love styling them with big and bold jewels.Shop it here
Alexandre VauthierWhen Lauren Santo Domingo and I spoke earlier this week at the Moda Operandi Styling Suite, we bonded over our love for designer Alexandre Vauthier, it's sophisticated yet sexy at the same time. High-collared, long-sleeved tops with a mini hemline—my favourite silhouette.Shop it here
 Eleanor Balfour Balfour is an emerging British designer who cut her teeth in fashion working under Oscar de la Renta while she was at Parsons. She has a great line of versatile daywear. I have my eyes on the short-sleeved glossy black jumpsuit. Shop it here
 De La Vali This label from Jana Sascha and Laura Castro hails from Ibiza, and I love their use of Chinese cheongsam buttons on their dresses and the tiger stripe suit.Shop it here
 Faithfull While most brands I come across on Moda Operandi are often from Europe and the US, Faithfull is Bali-born by Sarah-Jane Abrahams and Helle Them-Enger. As for the collection? It has everything I want for the weekends when it's warm in Hong Kong, including linen separates and the perfect summer dresses. Shop it here
 

How about when it comes accessories? 

Scroll through the slideshow below to find out what accessories I've got my eye on.

 Marco de Vincenzo Footwear I'm more of a shoe girl than anything else, and I've got my eyes on Marco de Vincenzo, the Italian designer who has created some of the splashiest statement heels in recent seasons. His bejewelled knotted high heel sandals are the perfect evening option, which can be worn with a tuxedo look or an evening dress. Shop it here
 Boyy Bag I saw my friend Vanessa Hong (The Haute Pursuit) with a few Boyy bags during fashion week, and they really stand out. I love patchwork belt bag and the leopard clutch. Shop it here
 Attico Accessories Embellished drawstring pouches and lace-up sandals from Attico have become a big hit for the label, but their newest addition of cowboy boots (in pony hair or delicate lace) are the footwear of choice for their wrap dresses this season. Shop it here
 Foundrae Jewellery Signet rings and layered yellow gold necklaces make for great everyday jewellery and they're pieces I can leave on throughout the day, even when I'm running around or styling shoots. I love that each piece has a spiritual meaning behind it. Shop it here
 Magda Butrym Shoes The Polish designer has gained traction for her ready to wear collections and has added footwear to her portfolio since SS18. Dress up from the feet up next season with her pointed mules accented with pearl anklets- I know I will. Shop it here
 

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FashionModa OperandiJustine LeeFall/Winter 2018

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