CELEBS’ BIKINI FASH­ION FEST

Nomzamo Mbatha Ke­fi­boo Pearl Thusi Boity and more...

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Ac­tress Nomzamo Mbatha daz­zled the crowd at yes­ter­day’s 2017 L’Or­marins Queen’s Plate, held at Ke­nil­worth Race­course in Cape Town. She, along with a host of other celebri­ties, at­tended the 156-year-old event, known for its sig­na­ture blue-and­white dress code. It is rated as be­ing among the world’s top five horse-rac­ing events by the UK’s Tele­graph news­pa­per.

On Thurs­day, Mbatha told City Press she was still un­de­cided about what to wear on the day. She was spoilt for choice be­tween a piece sent to her by Nige­rian de­signer Toju Foyeh and a dress she bought on­line.

In the end, she de­cided on the flo­ral Foyeh pant suit, say­ing she “walked like a swan” in it.

She said her de­signer had de­cided to play with pink “to show­case my del­i­cate, sweet and fem­i­nine side with­out dis­re­spect­ing the theme”.

Foyeh trav­elled to South Africa from Nige­ria for the spe­cific pur­pose of bring­ing the out­fit to Mbatha.

“I love the am­bi­ence at L’Or­marin,” she en­thused.

“Cham­pagne flows un­til the end and it is rel­a­tively easy to find your­self at a posh house in Clifton at the end of the night.”

Ac­tress and TV pre­sen­ter Boity Thulo wore white pants and a crop top by Qui­te­ria & George to mark her first time at the Queen’s Plate.

She ad­mit­ted to hav­ing been un­sure what to wear, even­tu­ally de­cid­ing to keep it “clean and com­fort­able” with a white out­fit.

For­mer Miss South Africa and businesswoman Jo-Ann Strauss wore a white dress by KLuK CGDT, which was her sec­ond choice. Her son had hugged her and spoilt her first choice with sun­screen lo­tion.

Ac­tor Siv Ngesi was in­spired by the style of aba Thembu Chief Mandla Man­dela in his choice of out­fit, while top model Rosette Ncwana wore a de­sign by NN Vin­tage, pro­claim­ing: “Women come here for the fash­ion and a good time, and so do I.” With a new year comes new trends. Ar­guably, the hottest de­signer around at the moment is Gert-Jo­han Coet­zee, who pre­dicts that fringes, frills, lace and trans­par­ent pieces will be in vogue this year.

“Fringes and lace are great for red­car­pet events. They suit all body types,” he says.

Coet­zee ex­pects to see clas­sic Vic­to­ri­anstyle frills mak­ing a come­back, as they are cur­rently a hit in New York.

“The sexy, sheer and trans­par­ent look was a favourite among the fash­ion­istas last year and will keep its foothold, as it’s a great look you can rock in winter and sum­mer.

“African pat­terns, long sleeves and the boho-chic style are still prom­i­nent and cur­rent for this year,” he adds.

For lo­cal red car­pets, he ad­vises us to be on the look­out for high, dar­ing slits, con­trast­ing pas­tel colours and rich, bold African pal­ettes. He is ex­cited about this year ca­reer­wise. “I have re­ceived a lot of re­quests from the US and will be de­sign­ing out­fits for a big US star’s world tour,” he said, de­clin­ing to re­veal names. Pre­to­ria-based de­signer Orape­leng Mo­dutle, who dressed me­dia per­son­al­ity Bo­nang Matheba for a Glam­our mag­a­zine fash­ion shoot last year, says clean lines and struc­ture will be the trends for 2017. “The gar­den theme will dom­i­nate, with clothes sport­ing flo­ral prints and lots of green,” he says. Point­ing to wear­able trends that have stood the test of time, he makes men­tion of den­ims and se­quins. “But one par­tic­u­lar trend that should be vis­i­ble in a min­i­mal­ist form this year is the tribal print.” Mo­dutle fore­sees a lot of struc­tural de­tail and peek-a-boo ef­fects for the red car­pet. He also hopes that un­der­dress­ing and overem­bel­lish­ment will re­main. “The trick is to make a state­ment with­out be­ing over-the-top. “Jewel tones will make a very bold state­ment this year, with much softer tones for day­time glitzy func­tions.” Fash­ion de­signer and stylist Paledi Se­gapo says the cur­rent fash­ion state­ment is “fluid gen­der-neu­tral ap­parel”, mean­ing clothes men and women can wear. For ex­trav­a­gant events, such as the Metro FM Mu­sic Awards and horserac­ing event the Sun Met, he says men may be pair­ing their suit jack­ets with match­ing skirts. “It’s the in thing for the brave.” How­ever, for men who pre­fer to keep it clas­sic, a win­dow­pane suit – sport­ing a square-like pat­tern – willdo the trick. And for women? “Off-the-shoul­der and seethrough dresses went out of style in 2016. Fash­ion is all about be­ing ex­per­i­men­tal and bold. “The no-no for me this year is look­ing like you’ve stepped out of a vin­tage mu­seum.” And the big must-do this year? De­sign­ers say it’s about keep­ing one solid colour from head to toe.

PHO­TOS: LER­ATO MADUNA

GOOD TIME Rosette Ncwana sports a funky dress with a sheer over­lay

SHAPELY Jo-Ann Strauss shows off her satin frock with its sheer con­tours and an­gu­lar de­tail

ONE COLOUR Boity Thulo rocks her racy num­ber in the form of a sexy wide-leg pant suit

BLUE BY YOU Siv Ngesi and Ouma Se­boni

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