Style with sub­stance

Jo’burg-based stylist Lu­funo Sathekge is cur­rently dress­ing the most-pho­tographed celebri­ties in SA. She shares her tips for step­ping out in style “CHEAP NEVER WORKS – RATHER GO FOR ONE OR TWO GOOD-QUAL­ITY CLAS­SICS.”

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How do you de­fine style?

It’s about con­fi­dence. The most stylish peo­ple are the ones who own the looks they cre­ate and don’t slav­ishly con­form to what so­ci­ety dic­tates is “in fash­ion”.

What fash­ion ad­vice can you of­fer men?

Be ad­ven­tur­ous and don’t be afraid to try some­thing new. Al­ways keep clas­sic pieces in your wardrobe, such as a crisp white shirt, indigo jeans, a black blazer and a good-qual­ity pair of shoes. If you’re un­com­fort­able in what you’re wear­ing, it will show. Al­ways choose com­fort over fash­ion.

How can men en­sure they al­ways look their best?

Groom­ing isn’t an op­tion – it’s the foun­da­tion of your look, so take care of your skin, keep your hair and fa­cial hair trimmed and tidy, clip your nails reg­u­larly, en­sure your clothes are al­ways clean and ironed, and wear a sig­na­ture cologne. Good tai­lor­ing is also es­sen­tial: en­sure your clothes fit you well.

What fash­ion faux-pas should men avoid?

There’s a dif­fer­ence be­tween slim-fit and too small: al­ways wear the right size for your frame. Avoid putting a bulky wallet in your front pocket be­cause it’s un­flat­ter­ing. Cheap never works – rather go for one or two good-qual­ity clas­sics. Fi­nally, only wear a soccer jersey when at­tend­ing a match – never any­where else!

What do you love and hate about our lo­cal fash­ion in­dus­try?

I love its di­ver­sity. We have many cre­atives who are do­ing amaz­ing things in an au­then­ti­cally African way, with great global ap­peal. I hate it when lo­cal de­sign­ers skimp on qual­ity.

What made you choose a ca­reer as a stylist?

I didn’t choose it – it chose me. I’ve al­ways loved fash­ion, but never re­alised I could make a ca­reer out of it, sso I ob­tained a BCom Mar­ket­ing. Then many of my friends sug­gested that I try work­ing as a stylist, so when the op­por­tu­nity arose, I took it.

What do you love and hate about your job?

I love the va­ri­ety it af­fords me. I work with many dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties and I can ex­press my art through them. I hate do­ing re­turns: I wish I could keep all the clothes I source for shoots so that I could style and restyle them over and over on dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties.

Who’s your favourite client to work with?

TV per­son­al­ity No­muzi Mabena. She’s a style chameleon and ad­ven­tur­ous, which is very much my own ap­proach.

What are your fu­ture plans?

I’m slowly de­vel­op­ing a cloth­ing line. I’d also like to have a TV show and es­tab­lish a wardrobe sup­ply shop that dou­bles as an agency rep­re­sent­ing other stylists and cre­atives.

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