Cherrie Chin has a knack for commanding any room she steps into - in this case, the office of Tatler Malaysia where she turns up in a chic Balmain pantsuit and a pair of gold Christian Louboutin.
"My style is versatile. I can be cool and edgy or sporty casual," she says. "Dressing up allows me to 'play' different personalities depending on the occasion."
Known in the high society circle for always looking stylish, Chin also parlays her sharp fashion sense into jewellery design. The graduate of Gübelin Academy specialised in coloured gems, which led her to set up her own jewellery brand, Les Jardin. The main inspiration for her jewellery line are the French gardens, which explains the abundance of colourful floral motifs.
In this interview, Chin gets candid about her love of jewellery, the art of accessorising and her own favourite jewellery.
Because jewellery is fun - they can spice up and add character to a simple outfit. When you are bored with certain pieces, you can redesign them. Plus, the good quality pieces can be passed on to the next generation as an heirloom.
Do you plan your outfit around jewellery?
Sometimes I would pick an outfit based on my jewellery but most of the time it would be the other way around depending on the occasion. On casual days, my accessories are simple; I only bring out my best pieces or more colourful jewellery for special occasions like formal events.
At the last Tatler Ball, I showed the designer Celeste Thoi the chunky Diva earrings I planned to wear. She proceeded to create this beautiful one-shoulder gown to accentuate the jewellery.
In terms of a classic style that goes with any jewellery, it's without a doubt the white-shirt-and-jeans combo. I can even wear my chunky Les Jardin choker with it.