GLAM AND GLITZ AT SA STYLE AWARDS
The uberglam 2015 SA Style Awards took place at Hyde Park Corner last Sunday night to recognise and award the individuals and personalities deemed South Africa’s style icons. The setup was elaborate. Arrival and registration took place at the mall’s concierge desk, and then a long, blue carpet (brand colour of premium vodka sponsor Grey Goose) took guests to the downstairs area of the mall, where drinks were served, selfies were taken and many chilled Grey Goose vodka cocktails were sipped.
If your nails needed a touch-up, a mini nailbar was located at the end of the blue carpet for filing, buffing and painting before you headed to the cocktail party.
Those who arrived at 6.30pm had to wait a while until the show finally started. Thankfully, ample seating was provided.
Once it was time for the proceedings to get going, guests moved upstairs to find their seats around the white stage.
The icons were called on stage one by one. The show itself was brief, and Times Media magazine head Aspasia Karras was the awkward, self-deprecating but sincere MC who kept saying that she wasn’t a professional – which just made it even more awkward.
The guest list was impressive, with a host of A-listers from SA’s entertainment and media circles in attendance. They included actress Mampho Brescia; model and TV presenter Bonang Matheba, who made a grand entrance in a fabulous white dress; businesswoman Basetsana Kumalo, who wore Gavin Rajah; Ursula Chikane, who looked great in a purple dress; singer and humanitarian Yvonne Chaka Chaka, who wore emerald green; author and media personality Jen Su; trends analyst Dion Chang; actress Tango Ncetezo; actress Nomzamo Mbatha, who wore a mustard pantsuit and cape; media personality Pabi Moloi; actress and talk show host Dineo Moeketsi; writer Kojo Baffoe; model and actor Maps Maponyane; and singer Tamara Dey.
The floating dinner at the Hyde Park Southern Sun was lovely. Surrounded by fresh flowers and candles on a balmy Jozi evening, guests dined on a variety of foods, including sushi and ravioli, as well as delicious desserts, while drinks made the rounds.
It was a sophisticated evening and a good time was had by all.
From left: Bonang ‘Queen B’ Matheba, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Amanda du-Pont and Nomzamo Mbatha