Jennifer Cheung Wai-yin

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 August, 2005, 12:00am

Style secrets of the hip and fashionable

Designer and owner of ShoeGirl

Wardrobe staple?

Jeans. They go with everything so well. I prefer Korean jeans because they're cut better and they make your legs look longer. I also have a lot of slim-cut embellished T-shirts.

Fashion no-no's?

Suits. They don't look right on me. They're too serious for my lifestyle.

Handbag pick for this season?

I love the Chloe Paddington.

Favourite shoe designer?

There's no one designer that I prefer, but I'm very much influenced by the Japanese market because I've exported shoes to Japan since 1996. Japanese shoes are very feminine and ladylike.

Must-have accessory?

A cashmere or pashmina scarf is always my best companion.

Most cherished fashion item?

A stylish Dolce & Gabbana coat. It's simple and black with a detachable belt, a little split at the cuffs, and, most importantly, signature leopard lining.

Style icon?

Audrey Hepburn. She was gorgeous and very feminine. I just love her style: the Capri pants, the full circle skirt with slim-cut T-shirts, the ballerina shoes, neat chignon and pearl necklaces.

Who'd design your Oscars dress?

It would have to be Badgley Mischka. I love the clean cut designs with all the beading and pearls. I'd like a cream, satin, full-length dress with little pearls and embroidery. The side of the dress would be tulle with Swarovski crystals sewn onto it.

Most expensive fashion item?

A Voyage pea coat. I really had to close my eyes when I passed the credit card to the sales lady.

Your fashion style?

It's very feminine, but I seldom wear dresses or skirts. I like to match jeans with detailed feminine tops.

Boho or ladylike?

Definitely ladylike. I'm a typical Libran. I'm elegant and feminine.

Flats or stilettos?

Both. I wear ballerina flats most of the time, and my favourite Casadei stilettos for evenings.

High-end or high street?

Both. Being able to mix and match is important. I buy from everywhere, including chains such as Giordano Ladies and select boutiques like Pink Martini.

Fashion disaster?

I was 16 and wanted to look mature, so I borrowed my mother's one-piece dress. It was awful.