The icebreaker stage of the event was filled with canapés prepared by Nitida’s Head Chef Florent Hameau and Mediterranean Delicacies, accompanied by a glass or three of Nitida MCC, and a live performance from Nash Music. For those not in the mood to mingle, or rather in the mood for pampering, there were express manicures offered by FoxBox.
The show started promptly at 8pm, MC’d by the delightful Natalie Becker. The featured designers were Stefania Morland, Craig Port, Bo&Luca, Joanna Hedley, BeachCult, Jagadi Couture, Diesel eyewear and KarenFay jewellery. The designs displayed featured feminine cuts accentuated by lace and geometric lines; a celebration of the strong, independent but softly feminine female. In between presentations by designers, there were dance performances by Tulu Entertainment as well as a musical performance by The Marilynz.
There is something to be said for seeing fashion ‘live in action’. The models are suddenly real people, with veins and scars and marks, just like the rest of us. Of course, they are exceptionally beautiful and enviously thin, but they are still flesh and blood. Seeing ‘real’ clothes and the way they move on living, breathing people makes it possible to imagine yourself in something similar. Well, the wearable fashion version anyway - not the runway-only, concept version.
But what really made the evening special was – inevitably – the people watching. The afterparty in particular presented an opportunity for hobnobbing with the nobs of fashion. There were also a few classic high school moments of models reacting to the outfits of the lesser-mortals with flitting facial expressions that were priceless. Although the dress code was ‘High Fashion Smart Cocktail’ (whatever that may mean) the outfits ranged from braai basics to fur-toting formal. And of course there was one nob who wore sunglasses throughout the evening. But after all, you don’t have to be a fashionista in order to enjoy an evening of fashion