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Meet Renee Lee

Renee Lee joins the Wintergarden as a fashion commentator.   A keen observer of what’s happening on the international runway, Renee relates this to what is available in stores and provide obtainable options for every budget.

A Brisbane native, Renee has a genuine fashion pedigree. She has worked in retail, owned a boutique, founded and designed two labels and has had a successful online store.   Simply Renee loves fashion. She does not follow any particular rules of fashion although she does have a soft spot for 70’s inspired fashion with Helena Christensen her style icon.

How did you start your blog / get started in the industry?

I’ve been working in the fashion industry since in high school. I’ve worked in retail stores, owned a boutique, founded and designed two labels and run an online store. Simply I love fashion and cannot imagine my life without it. My blog is an editorial of what I have or am coveting and if you click through, how to buy. It doesn’t necessarily have to be designer peice, it could be a bargain street piece I know will work well this season. I follow runway shows, trawl through fashion magazines and love retail. My friends often ask my advice and my husband says I have a master-class in shopping so it’s nice to share.

What is your ultimate fashion must have, the piece you would save from a fire?

Saint Laurent Iconic Le Smoking Jacket and matching Tube Trouser.

What was your best fashion bargain?

A vintage Lanvin dress I purchased from Resurrection in New York.

Your most outlandish purchase

A Victoria Beckham dress.

Your go to outfit:

Casual weekend? Golden Goose trainers, drop crotch pants, t-shirt and knit
Night out? Celine pumps and Celine / Gucci dress
Power outfit? Saint Laurent Le Smoking Suit

Something about yourself we might be surprised to find out?

I studied Physical Education teaching at Uni and worked part-time for Cue. My love for fashion took over and I have never used my degree.

What do you love most about being a fashion blogger?

My obsession is my job.

If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be?

Princess Dianna

What’s the best/worst gift you have ever received

Best – the gifts the kids buy at the Mother’s Day Stall at their schools, they put so much thought into them.

Worst – no worst, I love every gift and am extremely sentimental.

What should you do less of?

Drinking wine

What should you do more of?

Relaxing

Biggest challenge you have ever faced?

  • Raising my three children and
  • Getting tween label Little Mouse Brown off the ground and exporting to the USA.

Favourite Wintergarden retailer

Coach – they have a new design team and this season’s range is fantastic.
Designer Archives – as a fashion collector I love the idea of up-cycling beautiful designer pieces and this store has an amazing collection.

Fast Five Favourites

Favourite guilty pleasure: A glass of pinot noir
Favourite holiday destination: Hydra Greece
Favourite way to pamper yourself: Treatment at One Wybelenna
Favourite drink: Rum old fashioned
Favourite brand: Celine

Renee curates a high-end fashion blog Renee’s Runway, an editorial of her obsessions and realistic obtainable options.   Renee lives in Paddington with her builder husband and their three children. She turns 40 this year.

Renee wears: Bonnie Jacquard Jacket $350.00, Eddie T-Shirt $35.00 , Citizens of Humanity Emmerson Pacifica Jeans $339.00, Ivy Suede Shoe Black $180.00 all Sambag and Miu Miu Handbag $825.00 from Designer Archives.

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