As global buying director of NET-A-PORTER, meet the woman who might just be the reason your basket is always full. She knows, more than anyone else in the business, how to build a versatile and stylish wardrobe filled with forever pieces.
If you’re wondering what it takes to curate the very best clothes from catwalks and up-and-coming labels across the globe, Elizabeth has been at home for just 20 days this year. Born in Hong Kong, she has spent most of her career in New York, most notably as couture buyer of Bergdorf Goodman for 14 years, before joining NET-A-PORTER two years ago. She’s based in London, but is constantly jumping on planes to find the designers and key pieces we’re destined to live our lives in next season and beyond. By her own admission, it’s a dream job. And what we love about NET-A-PORTER’s offering under her thoughtful gaze, is her focus on selling clothes that are wearable in the most modern way.
When we arrive at her home for the shoot, it’s like stumbling into our very own fantasy, with an entryway piled high with those tell-tale black boxes tied with grosgrain ribbon. And beyond that, the most stylish wardrobe we’ve possibly ever seen. Quite honestly, we’re glad to have our wardrobe in her stylish hands.
“The way I keep my clothes might seem quite mad – they literally fill every closet in our house. But there is a method to my madness. I store items by classification, and the most-worn pieces are in the cupboard closest to my bedroom and easiest to access. The least-used items, including seasonal holiday pieces, are furthest away.”
“A statement platform shoe is such a versatile wardrobe staple across seasons, and Prada always creates the ultimate style. I love dressing these up with a gown for the evening, or wide-leg jeans for the day. I have them in suede, velvet and metallic, for the ultimate vintage 70s look.”
“I would wear this stunning Evi Grintela dress to an evening event or dinner, with some great barely-there heels, or perhaps during the day to shows with a blazer and knee-high boots for a 70s feel. In the office, I tend to be more casual. I’ll wear a fun sweater with wide-leg twill or corduroy trousers. To pull it all together, I’ll add boots and my trusty sharp blazer.”
“I love a jumpsuit as they are an easy throw-on full look, and make you appear both effortless yet pulled together at the same time. They are also perfect for travelling, as they roll up easily and take up less space than separates. They are one of my go-to items, because they are great for day-to-evening and really suit the ever-changing British weather!”
“These are three great additions to the NET-A-PORTER portfolio. I love the slightly Seventies feel of the Anna Mason denim jumpsuit, with voluminous puffed sleeves and exaggerated wide-leg trousers. The middle jumpsuit is by Frankie Shop, which is the place for unfussy, timeless, wallet-conscious styles. In May we launched seven exclusive, previously direct-to-consumer labels, and this niche brand was one of them. Finally, I love Nanushka‘s vegan leather – the pieces are chic and clean, and have a real point of view.”
“I wear my rings – one of which is my wedding ring and the other is by Mateo – and Audemars Piguet watch every day, but I tend to have more fun with beads and colour during the summer. I love to wear jewellery that reminds me of a special memory, like my Roxanne Assoulin alphabet soup bracelet that I received on the JET-A-PORTER trip to Greece this summer. The red bead bracelet has a diamond Hamsa on it for luck, which the founder and designer of Sydney Evan, Rosanne Karmes, gave to me before I left New York for London.”
“These cupboards were custom-made to store as many pairs of my shoes as possible. I like to have them displayed on shelving, so I can easily see all of my options, and a door is a must to protect them from light and dust. In terrace houses like this, you have to be very creative to get enough closet space! I also keep all of the dust bags, as they are so handy for travelling.”
“This is a staple that I own in many colours. The Gianvito Rossi Portofino sandal is an iconic style for the brand, reoccurring seasonally in new colour variations and fabrics. Its super sleek, minimal silhouette makes it essential in every woman’s shoe closet. I love this animal-print, as it goes with this summer’s neutrals, and works super well with a jumpsuit or turned-up trousers. And the lower heel is perfect for running around between shows or meetings.”
“I love my personalised phone case by The Daily Edited, which was a collaboration with NET-A-PORTER. When deciding which brands to feature on the site, the buying team and I choose labels based on their authenticity and directional perspective. We think about which pieces from the shows are right for our customer. Some of our most successful designers really think about the woman and her everyday needs.”
“This outfit is part of an exclusive Emilia Wickstead denim capsule collection. An exclusive selection is really a true partnership between the brand and NET-A-PORTER. We work with the designer on all elements of the collection, providing feedback every step of the way to ensure they are supported. We work together to create pieces our NET-A-PORTER woman will want in her wardrobe.”
“For me, it’s important investment pieces are seasonless and can be reworn in multiple ways, so they truly stand the test of time. We launched Paco Rabanne in September 2018 following a spectacular FW18 collection. The label’s mix of eclectic styling, with bold statement designs, is entirely unique. Every range has an exciting point of difference and newness, which speaks to our customers globally and across seasons.”
“I’ve worked with and known Rosanne, the founder of Sydney Evan, forever. We launched the collection on NET-A-PORTER last year. I have lots of her talismans, including this evil eye pendant that wards off bad stuff all day long. It was a gift from my friends in New York for my birthday, just before I left for London. It was a goodbye and good luck gift.”
“The launch of NET SUSTAIN is something we have all been incredibly passionate about for a while. The want and need for sustainability within the luxury sphere is becoming more and more apparent, from the way our customers are shopping and the brands they are choosing, to the rise in popularity for brands such as Veja and the continued success of sustainability champion Stella McCartney. With the launch of NET SUSTAIN, we created a location on the site for products that fall into this category, like this bag from Nanushka, which I love.”
“The pieces on my wish list for the upcoming season are: The new frame bag from Khaite; a shrunken argyle sweater from Victoria Beckham; the two-tone, square-toe boots from Gianvito Rossi; the fitted shearling flight jacket from Peter Do; and an oversized blazer from Bite Studios, our new sustainable brand launching very soon.”
“I am constantly working and travelling, so for business meetings or appointments at designer showrooms, I’ll either wear a statement dress or a skirt paired with a blouse, like this two-piece by Emilia Wickstead. I’ll add my favourite knee-high boots, or a barely-there low sandal or mule, and a structured frame bag. And a great pair of sunglasses are perfect whatever the weather.”
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