5 fashion questions for South African stylist to the stars
Photography: Cedric Nzaka
A fashionista and shopaholic at heart, Lufuno Sathekge was inspired by her mother to make her love of clothes work for her – and her passion into a career. So she quit marketing and began volunteering to assist other stylists. Five years later, the Soweto-born stylist has worked with photographer Jeffery Rikhotso, Lethabo ‘Boogy’ Maboi and styles V Entertainment presenters Nomuzi Mabena and Siyabonga Ngwekazi.
She hopes to someday own a wardrobe house with one of her favorite stylists, Kwena Baloyi that makes it easier for future stylists to access a large variety of clothes under one roof. But most importantly she’d like those clothes to be 99% local.
What's the one trend you're absolutely loving right now?
I don't know if I can call it a trend, but I'm mad about anything with metallic and shimmer, and glitter and sequins. I just love how a metallic detail adds a splash of fun and glam to any outfit. I have pledged my commitment to all things shiny.
Who's your ultimate style crush, locally and internationally and why?
Locally, I have to dig real deep and it will have to be my kween Kwena Baloyi. Her style is so effortless, she manages to throw unexpected pieces together in a very elegant way without losing the fun element of fashion.
Internationally, my forever style crush is Tracee Elliss Ross. Her ability to mix up vintage and modern is so me, plus she gets to dip into mama, Diana Ross's wardrobe. Also she is my soul twin in the love for shiny things.
If you could wear only one outfit what would it be?
My Jamie Jeans are the perfect jeans for my booty and waist and they go well with anything I rock them with. A character tee (I collect them, mainly from the kiddies' departments, they have the coolest) and a pair of Metallic Brogues. That’s my uniform.
Who have you styled in the past and who's your favourite client to work with?
I have styled quite a few people, Scoop Makhathini, Thabsie, Lalla Hirayama, Nomuzi Mabena, Tresor and many more. I totally enjoy working with Moozlie, she's always down for whatever. She’s willing to try anything and always adds a personal spin to anything you put on her to give it that magic.
What do you love and hate about the local fashion industry?
I love that the young ones are pushing boundaries. The streetwear brands are daring and dominating the industry, unapologetically so, with original designs and prints.
I hate the lack of personal style. South Africans love going with the flow, dressing the way everyone is. We buy off the mannequins and dress just like the mannequins, no personal touch, nothing!