Art, al­co­hol and

Sunday World - - Shwashwi -

SO off Shwa went to Rose­bank, Jozi, to catch a shut­tle to Soweto, where Bom­bay Sap­phire was stag­ing an Imag­i­na­tion Room ac­ti­va­tion. The venue was the old Panyaza butch­ery and chisa nyama in Rockville, and the guests were meant to feel edgy for be­ing ekasi at night. Oh, the Jozi bour­geois and their forced hip­ster ways! But be­fore Shwa even made it to the fa­mous town­ship, she had to con­tend with blind­ing rain, and thun­der and light­ning so loud and bright, it felt like an an­nounce­ment for Thor’s de­scent to Earth from As­gaard.

It didn’t help that there weren’t enough shut­tles and yours truly and a few oth­ers were left to hud­dle un­der a con­crete awning for al­most two hours wait­ing for the next ve­hi­cle round. Thank good­ness the or­gan­is­ers had the sense to set up a mo­bile bar serv­ing cock­tails. And what luck that the cops didn’t come through to ac­cuse us of pub­lic drink­ing.

When we did get there, one of the first peo­ple Shwa bumped into was the ev­er­p­re­sent Maps Maponyane talk­ing an­i­mat­edly to fash­ion blog­ger Mahlatse James and PR prac­ti­tioner Neo Mo­tala. It was the most alive yours truly had seen him this year.

Fun­dudzi’s Craig Ja­cobs was pop­u­lar. If not hold­ing court among the fawn­ing fans, he had TV cam­eras and mi­cro­phones shoved in his face. See what hap­pens when the celebrity pool shrinks? It must have been those py­ja­mas dis­guised as vin­tage pants he wore. He said they were Dolce & Gab­bana *cough*.

At least fel­low de­signer Thula Sindi took a mo­ment to look at the art in the pop-up gallery.

Blue was the colour of choice. Amanda Du Pont was a vi­sion in pas­tel blue while Leigh Hofmeyr, who looks af­ter the Bom­bay Sap­phire brand, looked gor­geous in a cobalt Fun­dudzi rouged dress. She made sure guests’ hands al­ways held a glass, tum­bler or jam jar of her tip­ple. And the gin­soaked ice lol­lies were too awe­some!

Weza Solange, who is on some chan­nel or an­other, was also there look­ing fash­ion­able in a printed hal­ter­neck onesie. Shwa finds her ut­terly bor­ing, though, so opted to walk around the gallery ad­mir­ing the art.

The smell of fish had Shwa’s nose twitch­ing. Turned out to be a per­for­mance art piece of a cou­ple swim­ming in pilchards in­side a rub­ber pool. Ap­par­ently, it was so­cial com­men­tary. Isn’t it al­ways? Yawn!

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