The 90s party of the year
Is there anything more awesome than a Joburg thunderstorm? How about watching it while sipping free cocktails in a skyscraper in Braamfontein, surrounded by 90s memorabilia and some of the most fashionable people in the country?
Last Saturday night saw Woolworths’ RE: denim brand host the #REwindJozi party at Thirteen. Determined to dress according to the theme, I donned a choker, blue lipstick and two buns on my head à la 1998 Gwen Stefani. We arrived in the rain and were greeted with a R500 Woolworths voucher each, and, feeling very happy already, squashed into a lift with other 90s folks. At the topmost floor, a retro wonderland awaited. The walls were covered in posters of Tupac, The Bold and The Beautiful, Titanic and Miriam Makeba. Retro coffee tables stood covered with Scrabble boards, deliciously kitsch unicorn statues, Slinkys, comic books and Rubik’s cubes. Against the walls stood arcade machines, margarita and strawberry daiquiri stations, and Smeg fridges crammed with Steri Stumpie milkshakes in every flavour.
“I’ve been stuck in the 90s all my life,” my friend said wistfully as we wandered through the room. “I wish it could be the 90s forever.” The entertainment for the night included rappers Youngsta, Nasty C and Kwesta. Youngsta did a decent job representing Cape Town, Nasty C absolutely dripped swag on stage, but it was Kwesta who completely stole the show. With a live band backing him, he tore through his hits as his young fans sang every word back to him. At one point, he got off stage to dance in the crowd as his adoring fans circled and embraced him.
Ah, and then there were the lovely people. Loot Love flaunted killer abs in an Aztec print crop top and ripped jeans, while Lalla Hirayama went hip-hop with an oversized hoodie and some tiny bootie shorts. The crowd also included YouTube influencer Tshepi Vundla in an American Apparel bodysuit and TV personality K Naomi Noinyane in a leopard print crop top and high-rise jeans. My coolest dresser award, though, would have to go to DJ Doowap, who came in a barely-there pink bodysuit, neon jacket and pink dreads.
If Woolworths wanted to elevate its denim brand from basic to edgy in one night, I think it pulled it off.
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Kwesta entertained the guests