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.”
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.