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Front row: 3 buzz-worthy shopping sites

Want to know a secret? You can pre-order next season’s looks from designers such as Marni straight after they hit the catwalks on the Moda Operandi website

Want to know a secret? You can pre-order next season’s looks from designers such as Adeam (left) and Marni (right) straight after they hit the catwalks on the Moda Operandi website

FOR NEXT SEASON NOW The fashion industry’s best-kept secret, Moda Operandi is the only site where you can pre-order next season’s looks straight after they hit the catwalks. Simply go to its Trunk Show menu to snap up pieces from designers such as Adeam (dress, above left) and Marni (above right) months before they hit the shops. Beware: checking in on the latest drops can become addictive. modaoperandi.com  

FOR TRENDSETTERS 

Visit Studio B for  insider favourites and sold-out cult items

Visit Studio B for  insider favourites and sold-out cult items

 

With seven years’ buying experience at Mulberry and Matches Fashion, Studio B’s founder Bethany Rowntree was well placed to launch her shopping site last year dedicated to under-the-radar labels and insider favourites such as Rixo and Gestuz. My tip would be to head here first for cult items likely to be sold out everywhere else. studiobfashion.com 

 

   

 

FOR SHOE ADDICTS 

Martha Louisa offers designer footwear at affordable prices

Martha Louisa offers designer footwear at affordable prices

Newly launched Martha Louisa is a dangerous discovery. Like a department store just for footwear (why has no one thought of it before?), it offers luxury big-hitters such as Gucci and Prada as well as more affordable newbies including Aeyde, Yuul Yie and Attico (right). I know where I’ll be browsing on my tea breaks… marthalouisa.com  

THIS WEEK I’M BUYING  

HIGH-STREET STEAL                                                WORTH THE SPLURGE

I’ll wear this top tucked into everything from midi skirts to wide-leg trousers for work.

 I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect   cat-eye sunglasses – only these will     do! 

 IN THE KNOW…

Dune London has launched its new Nude Collection to solve the ‘what shoes do I wear with this?’ dilemma. With shades ranging from fair and blush to noisette and espresso, the range is a welcome move away from the one-nude-suits-all approach.

WHAT TO WEAR IN…THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

Looking for a bank holiday mini break? We recommend the Le Meridien Nice on French Riviera

Looking for a bank holiday mini break? We recommend the Le Meridien Nice on French Riviera

Looking for a bank holiday break? For blue skies without the long-haul flight, head to the French Riviera. If you like being in the thick of it, try Le Meridien Nice* for impressive sea views, or kick back by the water at Les Roches Rouges*. The perfect outfit? A classic Breton top by Next’s Label Mix paired with Kurt Geiger’s red slides.

*Rooms at Le Meridien Nice around £165 per night, lemeridiennice.com; rooms at Les Roches Rouges around £190 per night, reopening 13 May, hotellesrochesrouges.com

 

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