Chris and Helen Cherry.

Helen Cherry on spring wardrobe staples, cheese soufflé and her cultural icon Cher

As the designer of her eponymous label Helen Cherry, and the co-owner of Workshop, Cherry is one of the best-dressed women around town. She lets us in on her style secrets, as well as what’s on her wishlist.

My personal style can be defined as: Understated, elegant but always with a bit of attitude.

The last thing I bought and loved was: A chunky gold necklace and bracelet from Italian brand Eszaki, it looks great with a T-shirt and jeans.

Costa Rica.

An unforgettable place I visited was: Playa Nosara in Costa Rica.

The next place I’d like to go to: Anywhere hot and sunny near the ocean! But when we can travel safely again, Sri Lanka…

An object I would never part with is: My engagement ring, an emerald cut diamond Chris designed and had made especially for me as a surprise.

On my wish list is: To spend time with some of my dearest friends who are out there in the world and I haven’t seen in person for far too long.

When I was younger, I wanted to be: A fashion designer. It was always about fashion for me. Right from an early age, I was obsessed.

My top picks for the season ahead are: More white shirting, any style! High waist wide leg or pleated trousers. An oversized denim jacket (re Acne Studios). Chunky sandals and loafers.

A classic piece I never tire of is: My Hermès Collier de Chien belt, I’ve had it for so long I can’t even remember when I bought it but as I wear jeans and pants a lot it is a constant go-to.

The new piece I’m currently most inspired by: I’m really passionate about the Helen Cherry Selena Dress in my new collection… It’s so elegant and free. I love the idea of a dress that looks as beautiful barefoot as it does with a pair of really staunch Isabel Marant boots.

Cher.

My favourite cultural/style icon is: Cher; her style, her music, her films. As a teen in the mid-seventies watching The Sonny and Cher Show was a fashion revelation and seeing her perform live in 2018 was a dream come true. At 72 she was still sexy as hell.

This summer, I predict that everyone is going to be wearing: A mask!

I am inspired by: Music. It’s always been a vital part of my life. Discovering new music, going to live gigs, dancing … it makes me really happy.  

My favourite app is: Instagram.

My guilty pleasure is: Disco!

My secret talent is: Making pavlovas.

The best book I’ve read in the last year is: The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré — extraordinary.

In my fridge you’ll always find: Jenny’s Kitchen tamarind chutney.

If price were not an issue, the one artist whose work I would collect is: New Zealand artist Judy Millar. Last year we bought our first Judy Millar — it hangs in our living room and gives me so much pleasure on a daily basis. She is an extraordinary painter.

I recently discovered: On a trip to the Marlborough Sounds I discovered Riot and Rose Gin, served with fresh juniper berries and Fever-Tree tonic, delicious and locally produced.

The last meal out I had that truly impressed me was: The twice-baked goat’s cheese soufflé at The Engine Room.

The latest music I’m loving is: Julia Jacklin, I saw her play recently, very cool.

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received is: Breathe.

Coveted


Hit the slopes in style with our edit of the snow gear you need this season

We consult the experts on how to create the perfect engagement ring

New season Muse Cashmere is here to brighten up your winter wardrobe