Since Sandiso and I were attending shows at SA fashion week, we asked artist, curator and all-round cool girl Naadira Patel to give us the low down on all things sartorial at this years FNB Joburg Art Fair.This is what she had to say:
The 2011 FNB Joburg Art Fair opened last Thursday evening feeling like a fairground for adults; a beautiful, shiny, blinding, expensive and delicious one. The smell of Fair Trade coffee fused with Chanel No 5, it is the amusement park, a playground for grown ups with big bank accounts or young ones with trust funds. It IS hyper-reality and it is where the beautiful play their cards and stake their bets on what is believed to be the hottest items of 2011.
Once you cross the carpeted threshold between the ticket sellers and wristband marshalls, you have entered the twilight zone, a hyperreal space, a time warp of wine and champagne; Meerlust, Tokara, Delaire Greef and Idiom; air kisses and precariously perched legs on seven-inch heels. Thirty-second “Hello’s” to friends and fiends, contemporaries in suits all saying things like “Yes but I think the earlier work was much better!” or “Oh my god, did you see Julia Rosa Clark’s breasts? What gallery is that from?” Mastrantonio are quick on their feet delivering hot pizza’s, delicious pasta’s and keeping the weel-heeled art journo’s content to tackle the unfolding schmooze. Everyone dons their Thursday best.
Here are some of the hottest looks from the opening night:
Seems like we missed out on a great party – hope the dates don’t clash with SA fashion week again next year!
-Images courtesy of Naadira Patel
Looks like it superfun! How does one get to exhibit at one of these events