The 90s party of the year

CityPress - - News - GRETHE KEMP grethe.kemp@city­press.co.za

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.

Check out RE_Denim on In­sta­gram for more pic­tures #REWINDJOZI

PHOTO: WOOL­WORTHS

Kwesta en­ter­tained the guests

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