THE who’s who of the country’s celebs weren’t so phased by the heat this weekend as they graced the red carpets of marquees in the J&B and Sunglass Hut marquee this weekend.
The day that started rather gloomy from the beautiful Pepper Club Hotel where most were hosted, saw many being treated to hair styling by Motions and make-up done for free on the day after most were spoiled to SPA treatment at the hotel’s spa area.
And as the day picked up they all headed to Kenilworth Racecource to be seen and spotted for their best garments that were inspired by the theme “Made to Conquer – Dress Victoriously”.
First stop for Gabiville was at the Sunglass Hut marquee which was beautifully decorated with white furniture with a touch of black, just like their signature look. The guests were spoiled with hats on entry with guys getting their fashionable fedoras while the ladies got fascinators before they were treated to fine canapes from the meat, cheese and dessert platters.
Although there weren’t as many celebs as last year, the shades brand still managed to rake in the top of the crop with television personalities Zizo Beda, Boity Thulo, model Lunga Shabalala, former Miss South Africa Cindy Nell and her hubby Clive Roberts, Top Billing hunk Janez Vermeiren, cricketer JP Duminy’s wife Sue and socialite Uyanda Mbuli.
Nell, a mother of two boasted her slim figure in a black dress with leather exaggerated shoulders that were decorated with gold studs and chains, something made famous by singer Lady Gaga. She said: “I am dress as a Roman goddess of the future, where a woman can leave her children at home with her husband”.
Vermeiren opted for a casual look of a denim shirt and military pants, but still remained dashing, even though most questioned what was “victorious” about his outfit. Another hotty was Selimathunzi’s Shabalala, who came clad in an Ephymol creation of a checkered grey and tan jacket with black pants while his co-host Beda looked elegant in a grey long dress, something she said was inspired by singer Mariam Makeba.
“I know Mama Miriam might not have physically conquered something physical but to me she conquered through her music and managed to speak out against apartheid when South Africa needed her most,” said Beda.
Thulo went more casual as well in a Top Shop sponsored short colourful jump suit and an orange turban. Mbuli arrived in a Gavin Rajah creation which she paired with a hat with feathers so long that she smacked a few on every turn.
Gabiville’s best dressed in the Sunglass Hut marquee is make-up artists Gina Myers, who is also head of make-up at Elizabeth Arden, who rocked a cute cream victorian inspired dress which she paired with black accessories and shoes, something like in fairy tales. Although we can’t say the same for Mrs Duminy who came clad in a blue bandage dress and said she and her three pals were “Sex in the City” inspired for the event, perhaps she was just lazy to dress up like the rest…
Other spotted and spotted as Best Dressed in the press were SABC Sport presenter Minenhle Dlamini, Top Billing’s Bonang Matheba, The Link’s Lerato Kganyago, V-Entertainment’s Lalla Hirayama and model Shashi Naidoo.