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Get dressed with Julie Pelipas

The Ukranian fashion director has become a cult figure in the fashion world thanks to her minimal meets directional aesthetic. Find out the secrets to her style right here…

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Find your focus

“My style is all about mixing classic and minimal pieces with one really directional item, kind of like finding the perfect frame for a work of art. At the moment I’m obsessed with my deconstructed Balenciaga coat with the buttons on the shoulder, but I would never wear the full runway look. If you add too many statement pieces, an outfit can get quite confused. Maybe that’s boring, but I’m extremely tall so I have to keep my look fairly pared-back, otherwise it can seem quite try-hard.”

  • Balenciaga
    Knife logo-embellished velvet pumps
HI-LOW LAYERS
Pelipas balances her statement outerwear with casual denim and minimal accessories
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Less is more

“When it comes to beauty, I go for a natural look. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that the less makeup I wear, the younger I look. Even when I put on just a little bit of mascara, I feel like it ages me. I’m not into injections, I just take really good care of my skin. I give myself facial massages about three times a week and I’ve just started using sheet masks. The same goes for my hair – I prefer to wear it undone in a middle parting.”

  • Nurse Jamie
    24k Gold Uplift Massage Beauty Roller
  • 111Skin
    Meso Infusion Day Defence Hydration Mask, 75ml
  • Mimi Luzon
    24K Pure Gold Glow Brilliant Super Oil, 30ml
  • Christophe Robin
    Hydrating Leave-In Detangling Mist, 150ml
SMART BUYS
The fashion editor invests in love-forever pieces that will transcend trends

Go for quality over quantity

“I don’t actually shop that often; I try to follow Vivienne Westwood’s rule that you should buy less, choose well and make it last. So now I only purchase things I will love and wear forever, and not just forget about them in a couple of months. I don’t have a huge wardrobe but I do have some really special pieces, like an Hermès coat designed by Martin Margiela. I can’t wait to share those sorts of special pieces with my daughter when she grows up. This season I’ll be investing in some sculptural Jacquemus heels and Ana Khouri’s amazing statement earrings.”

  • Ana Khouri
    Lily 18-karat gold diamond earring
  • Burberry
    The Kensington Long cotton-gabardine trench coat

Inspire yourself

“Styling is about capturing a state of mind and dressing in a way that makes you feel beautiful – it’s not about following trends or rules. Trust your instincts and try putting unexpected pieces together. It’s like being the star of your movie: each day you just decide what kind of movie you want it to be, and then create that mood.”

  • Givenchy
    Pussy-bow silk crepe de chine blouse

Remember: comfort is key

“I love double-breasted blazers and suits, but I always soften the look by wearing them over a silky camisole or slip dress and finish with statement earrings. That’s my go-to look. You can even see this mix of masculinity and femininity in my styling. I would never wear a look I don’t feel comfortable in. Early on in my career, when I first started going to shows, I made that mistake, and those outfits were always a disaster because I didn’t feel like myself. When I’m working, I live in jeans. I have so many pairs – I love hunting for vintage Levi’s at flea markets.”

  • Leigh Miller
    Padina gold-tone earrings
  • The Row
    Biggins matte-satin camisole
  • Balenciaga
    Twisted high-rise straight-leg jeans
Girl meets boy
Blazers and suits get the soft touch with a camisole or striking scarf

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