You probably read about how the drama began before the soapie made it’s way to your TV screen. Well, I was amongst those who attended the premiere at Montecasino, where M-Net stars walked the red carpet while members of the Creative Workers Union toyi-toyied outside.
But I must admit that the journalist in me was torn between attending the premiere and witnessing the protest. So much so, that I paused to do a head count and scan the demonstrators when I was driving into Monte. I spotted Tony Kgoroge and an entourage of about 20 people; Hlomla Dandala was one of them.
The amount of people that were gathered at the Montecasino Nu Metro premiere exceeded that of the people who were picketing outside.
Flashing camera’s and screaming fans greeted the cast of The Wild as they strolled down the red carpet. Every cast member paused when they got to Elana Afrika who was conducting live interviews, which were screened inside the venue.
M-Net had a long list of sponsors that included designers Suzaan Heyns, Gert Johan Coetzee, David Tlale and Carlton Hair Salon, so the actresses were dressed up. But that doesn’t mean they were dressed well. The outfits that were designed for them didn’t suit their personalities or flatter their bodies.
I was especially disappointed with the outfit David Tlale created for Idols contestant-come-actress Gail Nkoane. But the ugly dress didn’t distract us from her beauty. Elana Afrika described her as “the girl from Idols who looks like Halle Berry”
Tony Kgoroge’s replacement, Putla Sehlapelo didn’t let the controversy surrounding his employment reflect. I tried to squeeze it into our conversation but he just focused on the strengths of the soap and we interrupted by a frantic fan.
Champagne and canapés were in abundance. And guests helped themselves until they were ushered into the theater. The show officially began when local power couple, Connie & Shona Ferguson arrived. They both act in the soap, and they co-hosted the premiere together.
Four episodes of The Wild were screened and the cast was also watching them for the first time. The soap is shot in HD and filmed entirely on location, on various sites, in a manner similar to South American telenovelas. The main backdrop to the story is a stretch of land that is home to a five-star game lodge.
M-Net describes it as “a story revolves around three families – the Lebones, the van Reenens and the Tladis. These families struggle to negotiate a cohesive future, but they are bound together because of their relationship to a special piece of land”
If you haven’t watched it yet, then you can expect to see some wild animals, feuds, family struggles and love affairs. It took me two episodes to warm up to it and I was hooked by the fourth.
The Wild plays on Mon-Thurs at 18:00, M-Net
David Tlale did not plan any of the drama that happened on Saturday night, as the last designer to show during Joburg Fashion Week!
Lucky for Tlale, the rain dissolved around 8pm in perfect time for his showing at 10.30pm. Therefore the weather could not be blamed by the models who rudely turned up late, and left hundreds of guests on the bridge for an extra two hour wait. I am guessing that those guests who did not wait were seriously fed up, cold or had prior arrangements to get to.
Just after midnight, Tlale was driven onto the bridge astride a Harley Davidson apologizing to all for the late start. I am not sure that anyone appreciated his words as he did not receive any applause as he made his way to the center podium.
Tlale’s Made in the City Autumn/Winter 2011 collection provoked a variety of responses – some were horrified when the larger models took to the tar even though they were worn by television personalities – they felt they should have a show of their own. Some felt that the usual splendour and eccentric dramatic finishing touches were missing – I agreed. Others liked the ready to wear range, whilst some thought the fabric reminded them of large carry bags.
At the end of the day you cannot please all of the people all of the time. So Mr Tlale I would not take any of these comments to heart – I wonder what your guests would come with if tasked to design 92 ensembles to honour Nelson Mandela in such a short period of time.
Tatum Keshwar wearing the show stopper of the evening looked incredible – I think that we can all agree now that she is definitely your favourite model. She always gets to wear the nice stuff… Mathew Booth also looked magic and added a bit of serious class to the event. Oh and your bags are just stunning – me will be looking for one of them as soon as pay day comes about.
With Jo’ burg Fashion Week in full swing, the talk around town is the finale – the David Tlale collection which will be showcased on the Nelson Mandela Bridge!
David is busy with a 92 piece ready-to-wear collection – 92 models adorned in DJADJI platinum jewelery, designed especially for this collection, will strut their stuff down the catwalk, each model representing a year of Nelson Mandela’s life.
Former Miss SA Tatum Keshwar and 5FM entertainment reporter Jen Su are two of the models, who will participate in this showcase.
FYI: The name DJADJI comes from the African rain queen, Modjadji – let’s hope the rain stays away on Saturday night.
While I was sitting in Greenside catching up with friends on Friday, I overheard someone adamantly say that “David Tlale is not going to have his fashion show on the Nelson Mandela bridge”. I couldn’t help but eavesdrop. I later discovered that the ‘someone’ works for the City of Johannesburg and insists that they have not approved the show.I don’t know how credible the source is but it’s a cause for concern.
Judging by the amount of people in the media industry who still have not received accreditation for Jo’burg Fashion Week, it seems like the entire event is not going to happen. Or is it going to be so exclusive that government officials are the only ones who’ll be sitting in the front row? Granted the venues are small and space is limited but why hasn’t AFI accredited editors and journalists who have been apart of the build up to the event? Day 1 of Jo’burg Fashion Week is today and I only know a handfull of people who have recieved accreditation, and most of them have no busisness being there.
We all know that the J&B Met is about more than thoroughbreds, gambling and socializing. It’s also about glamour, fashion and style. ‘Larger than Life’ was the official theme of this years met and some stars really went to town in dressing for the event. But as usual there were some that looked like they went to their wardrobes, a matric dance seamstress or Truworths Man. What do you think, who made it onto your best and worst dressed list?
For more pictures: http://multimedia.timeslive.co.za/photos/2011/01/fashion-from-the-jb-met/
The who’s who of South African fashion attended the launch of Joburg Fashion Week at Randlords last night. The venue was a perfect fit to start the fashion calendar with its amazing 360 degree views of the city of gold.
Managing Director for Africa Fashion International (AFI) Paul Leisegang revealed the exciting plans which includes a trip around the Johannesburg CBD, where the fashion shows will take place.
Locations include the Joburg Art Gallery, The Bus Factory, and sure to be the highlight of the week will be David Tlale’s show which will take place on Nelson Mandela Bridge. 92 models will strut on the Bridge in couture gowns, each model representing a year of former president, Nelson Mandela’s life.
The ever-stylish Noni Gasa was the MC and got models, designers and the media excited for the upcoming event.
AFI takes place from 15 – 19 February, see you there
P.S. Thanks Louise McAuliffe for taking these lovely pictures