caitlin burke moda operandi

Founded in 2010 by Lauren Santo Domingo, luxury e-commerce site Moda Operandi broke away from the standard model for online retailers and reinvented the traditional practices of haute couture for the contemporary consumer. Each week, the site hosts a variety of ‘trunk shows’ reminiscent of when couturiers brought their elite clientele suitcases packed with the latest collections. These shows feature many of the luxury brands we know and love and introduce emerging designers to an audience of global fashionistas. Customers are given the unique opportunity to pre-order carefully curated selections straight from the runway and designers are able to produce according to demand. For shoppers looking for a last-minute fix for next weekend’s getaway, select styles are also available for immediate shipment through the M’O e-boutique.

M’O’s Fashion Editor Caitlin Burke uses her editorial background from her many years at Hearst Magazine to bring the site to life. She works hand in hand with the art director, photographer and production team to connect the clothes to stories and emotions. Together they create a balanced atmosphere of old world opulence and in-the-know freshness that defines M’O.

Come fashion month, Burke bounces around from city to city to see how each designer interprets their inspirations and presents their latest work. She told SUITCASE about her most anticipated shows of AW17.

NEW YORK

Rodarte

Rodarte’s shows are always unexpected and never on-trend, but somehow exactly what I want to be shooting and wearing at that very moment. I wish I could live inside the Mulleavy sisters’ brains for a day.

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs shows are exactly that, a show. I love their themes, the production value, and the theatrics of it all. They are always at the end of fashion week and have the ability to lift your spirits and make you appreciate being a part of this crazy fashion world.

Rosie Assoulin

I love Rosie’s presentations primarily for the clothes, but almost as much for the casting and styling. There is always an element of fun to her shows and you can’t help but leave with a smile on your face.

LONDON

J.W. Anderson

J.W. Anderson is a good show to look to for what will be the ‘it’ accessories of the season. No designer has the ability to make me instantly lust for every single item on their runway quite like J.W.

Mary Katrantzou

I look at Mary Katrantzou as more of an artist than a designer. Her clothes are true works of art, and her runway shows are like an exhibition of her masterpieces.

Simone Rocha

One of my absolute favourite brands to shoot; Simone Rocha consistently creates beautiful, feminine clothing, with just the right amount of quirkiness to keep from being saccharine. She is such a young designer, yet there is an incredible sense of history and grandeur to her shows.

MILAN

Marni

This season will be Francesco Risso’s first runway collection for the brand and I am so excited to see what he creates. If his first pre-fall collection – with noticeable influence from Prada, his alma mater – was any indication, Marni will continue to be one of my favourites.

Prada

Speaking of Prada… There are a few designers which consistently define the trends of the season. Prada is one of those brands. From the beauty down to the height of their heels, Prada is the designer to look to for what everyone will be wearing and shooting in the months ahead.

Gucci

Alessandro Michele is one of the most influential designers in fashion right now. He has single-handedly revived the label and made it the technicolour jewel of Milan fashion week. I love that his shows don’t follow one particular theme, but more that each individual look represents its own theme or trend.

PARIS

Balenciaga

Demna has brought a mix of 1980s glam and streetwear sensibilities to the label that have kept it incredibly fresh and exciting to watch. Much like he does at Vetements, Demna has the ability to make a seemingly basic piece (like a red puffer jacket) suddenly feel like the most necessary item of the season.

Loewe

Although it had been on my radar, it wasn’t until J.W Anderson joined the brand as creative director that Loewe really became one of my can’t miss shows. His designs are always artful, inspiring, and rich in history, while simultaneously being incredibly modern.

Dior

Dior has always been one of the most important runway shows of Paris fashion week, but with their first ever female creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri now at the helm, it’s exciting to see a new take on femininity for the brand. Her “We should all be feminists” tees from Spring feel incredibly relevant at the moment, making me excited to see whether her fall collection will contain any social commentary.

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