#UnlockingHerWardrobe: Cai Mei Khoo

Walk the walk, talk the talk, and dress the part.

Welcome to Buro 24/7 Editor in Chief, Cai Mei Khoo’s life. Having made her teeth at Harpers Bazaar Malaysia, the editor in chief has a wardrobe filled with key statement pieces, items inspired from her crazy travels and haute designer picks. Step into her unique style with us during our 240 seconds sharp get together.

ST – Tell us about what you do at Buro 24/7 Malaysia? How different is it to your previous role at Harper’s Bazaar Malaysia?

The main difference between print and digital is the speed at which we work. For print magazines, you usually have a few months to work on a story but in digital, it’s pretty much instant. I love the efficiency and flexibility we get with digital – I travel quite a bit for work but I’m still able to work while on-the-go. My role as Editor-in-Chief at Buro 24/7 Malaysia sees me constantly discussing new projects, story angles and ideas with my team, and working on event ideas and exciting brand collaborations.

ST – What is it like working with the founder of Buro 24/7, Miroslava Duma?

Mira is nothing short of a visionary, having noticed the need for a luxury digital platform almost 6 years ago, at a time when print was still king. She’s a real hard worker who somehow manages to balance work, family, and travel, while still looking incredibly effortless.

ST – What’s the most fun part of your job?

The events and collaborations that we get to work on – look out for #BuroArtBeat, where we will be showcasing the Tilt Brush by Google, an art tool that allows you to paint in virtual reality. And of course, the traveling.

ST – Which element of fashion are you most drawn to – business or styling?

I love both, however, in my role as Editor-in-Chief, I don’t always have the time to style as much as I’d like to. One of my favourite shoots so far, though, was when we shot in the middle of Chao Phraya river in Bangkok, on two traditional boats. We hadn’t anticipated the need for walkie talkies so I had to shout out directions to the model and team who were on one boat, with me and my photographer on the other.

ST – Was working in fashion your childhood dream?

Yes, specifically in fashion publishing. I remember creating a mini magazine when I was 9 – it was entirely handwritten and handdrawn, probably not the most sustainable (or profitable) magazine.

ST – Tell us a little bit about your personal style.

Preppy with a dose athleisure.

ST – What is the best style advice you’ve ever received?

Style is personal and there really are no rules – I haven’t really needed anyone’s advice.

ST – Sustainable fashion is…

The way to go! Fashion is the second most polluting industry after oil and it’s great to see brands like Stella McCartney, Reformation, Adidas and H&M pushing campaigns and making an effort to be more eco-friendly.

 

 

ST – What is vintage fashion for you?

Do you own any? There was a time where I was really into vintage tea dresses, but that was shortlived. My vintage find are usually fashion accessories or homeware that I’ve picked up on my travels.

 

ST – Spotted any Style Tribute items that’re going into your wish list?

A Balenciaga dress that’s cut in Cristobal Balenciaga’s signature cocoon shape, a preppy pleated pinafore from Comme des Garcons, a denim jacket from Proenza Schouler that’s a weekend and travel staple, vintage mohair and wool jacket from Missoni, a party-ready clutch from Kotur, finished off with a pair of black leather booties from Jason Wu.

Which designers inspire you?

There are too many to list but I truly love Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first ready-to-wear collection for Dior (I might be a feminist at heart), Jonathan Anderson, Demna Gvasalia, Alessandro Michele, the late Alexander McQueen who staged some of the most thought-provoking shows and collections, and Karl Lagerfeld, who at his age still manages a staggering amount of work designing for Chanel, Fendi and his namesake label, on top of other projects and collaborations.

ST – Who is your style icon?

It ranges from Talitha Getty’s boho vibe to Victoria Beckham’s chic sophistication but it’s the editors I see at fashion week that inspire me the most, from Giovanna Bataglia to Carine Roitfeld, Eva Chen to Jan-Michael Quammie.

ST – Heels or flats?

I’m in sneakers most of the time (I can’t live without my white Nike Air Max Theas). That said, I do have a collection of heels but really only wear 3 pairs on rotation, and only when I feel like it. 

ST – Denim or Leather?

Both, as seen in Anthony Vaccarello’s debut collection for Saint Laurent – love!