Interviewed by Kate Cheng
With fall just around the corner, transitional styles are key for any traveling ladyboss - fabrics and silhouettes that seamlessly segue you from the dog days of summer into cooler temps. Travelle sat down with Hong Kong designer Meredith Yeung, Creative Director of Lagerose, to talk about staying chic from desk to dining when traveling.
What kind of fabrics would you suggest to work fall weather fashionably when traveling?
In terms of fall fabrics, I suggest something lightweight and not too clingy. I really like cupro – although in China it’s called something different. It’s made from regenerated cotton, so still retains the natural fibers. It feels like silk but has a velvet finish, and in the right cut, it can accentuate your whole look. I used it for a long coat, available in blue and red) I’m very hands on when it comes to fabric, going to the markets and picking them out myself. Good fabrics are so important - just the fabric itself can hold the show, I think.
What are some outfit styles you can suggest for a fall traveling work wardrobe?
September is still quite warm during the day, so you can still wear a lot of sleeveless dresses, but I like pairing them with a long coat for night. In the office, you can still wear long sleeves, since it can get pretty cold with air-conditioning.
How would you describe Hong Kong's street style? What fashions do local women wear everyday?
You can draw a lot of inspiration from people on the street: everyone wears different styles and they all mix and match. There are some people with K-pop influences – mini skirts with a crop tee (like Lagerose’s own version). But some people prefer more feminine-looking floral dresses. There are also a lot of court shoes; you don’t see high heels very often. Flats are pretty common in Hong Kong, even for work. Sometimes you come across someone wearing a pair of really statement heels but then pair them with something really unisex looking.
What staple pieces do you pack for a work or leisure trip?
I normally pack basic colours like black, a universally safe colour that makes you look professional. For night, or work events, I will bring a cocktail dress, like my black Desert Gems Slip Dress that makes you look like you’re going out for something a bit more formal, but can transition from work – it’s very versatile. Otherwise I’m pretty relaxed – just a pair of jeans and tank.
In Hong Kong, Topshop, Zara, all the big fashion chains, are great for basics. But if I’m looking for something for an occasion then I’ll go to small boutiques that have imports from Korea, Japan and from other European countries.
What do you have for girls who prefer to show a little skin above the knee?
The style of the Carnelion Rectangle Silk Dress has great shoulder detailing and a cinched waist, both of which will draw the eye up top.
Who inspires your travel style?
I’m inspired by Mario Schwab, for his mix of simplicity and attention to detail. I prefer a minimalist style myself, something that’s very simple. Too many appliques and too much detail can take attention away from the face of the wearer. My golden style rule is from Coco Chanel: fashion fades, but style is eternal.
What do you recommend for skincare and beauty for women travelers to HK?
In Fall or Winter it’s less humid, a drier season, but can still go up to 20 degrees. So you need to have a lot of moisturisers and have your hydrating serum. I personally recommend the B5 gel, which doesn’t clog your pores. I’ve used SkinCeuticals but my favorite is Bicelle.
Any favorite wellness and beauty facilities?
Le Spa in Wanchai do a great deep tissue massage.