One of SA’s most renowned and loved designers, Cheryl Arthur does not believe in disposable fashion. But she definitely believes in these eternally chic pieces.
1 A signature scent
Perfume is a woman’s most intimate friend, as it’s with her all day and all night – think of Marilyn Monroe who, when asked what she wore to bed, said, “Chanel No 5, of course”. My signature scent is Comme des Garçons No 2 – I’ve tried to find others, but there just isn’t anything as exquisite to me as its citrusy aroma.
2 A lightweight jacket
An unstructured, lightweight jacket is a really great investment. The loose fit allows for movement and versatility. Look for white or a sorbet colour in natural fibres like silk or a linen blend – they’re terrific for summer. Two years ago, I bought a sheer, wool, jacquard kimono-style jacket by Comme des Garçons at their first pop-up shop in London – it’s my best buy ever. In summer, I wear it as a dress over skinnies. In winter, I wear it over a knit shift dress with boots. The bonus is I know the design talent behind the label is Rei Kawakubo, one of my icons.
3 Classic sunglasses
The ideal is to step outside the store to test sunglasses before buying, so you can make sure the quality suits you – but this can be tricky at a duty-free shop! Choose a pair with a yellowish filter to block out the sun’s glare; they shouldn’t be too dark. My favourites are my big, square, dark brown ones by Marc Jacobs – I never leave home without them.
4 A great lippie
When it comes to lipstick, the brand, durability and, most of all, the shade, really matter as there’s nothing like lippie for instantly changing your look and your attitude. I’m a huge fan of M∙A∙C and I swear by Ruby Woo, a strong, bright red. Touch up the colour during the day for lasting sex appeal. 5 A printed tunic Look for a tunic with contrasting sleeves in a knit or silky fabric. Digital prints are a huge catwalk trend and this whole look is versatile, sexy and very trendy – as well as flattering for everyone. Dress it down with denim skinnies or leggings, or take it into evening by wearing your tunic with heels and bare legs or nude stockings.
Text: Nandi Ndlovu; Image: Simon Deiner/SDR
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