Glamourama April’s style DO It’s all about Joyful artistry
Style icon and fashion pioneer Marianne Fassler has celebrated SA’S creative vitality for over 30 years, with high-octane designs that have been worn everywhere from the Oscars red carpet to the stages of Paris. Draw inspiration from this exuberant and potent mix of pattern and colour, typical of her Leopard Frock label.
Award-winning hit show TV host, bestselling author, international wit supreme and now the subject of a movie about his life (with none other than Lupita Nyong’o playing his mother, Patricia), Trevor Noah is nothing short of brilliant.
Known as “fashion’s favourite milliner”, Pretoria-born Albertus Swanepoel’s hats have graced the heads of Gwen Stefani and Yoko Ono, appeared in every Vogue worth mentioning, enlivened countless designer collections and made it onto shows ranging from True Blood to Broadway’s Hello, Dolly.
DJ Black Coffee Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen
Chic and charming, this Mpumalanga-born chef, opened his restaurant, JAN, in Nice, France, five years ago. He now has a global reputation and a Michelin star (the restaurant world’s answer to an Oscar) to his name. Nkosinathi Maphumulo has overcome a slew of challenges to become a legend in the world of Djing. His achievements include numerous local and international awards, two chart-topping albums, collaborations with the likes of Alicia Keys, and spinning for Diddy and Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert. Plus, incredible style!
Wayde van Niekerk
As triumphant tales go, it’s hard to beat the one about a premature baby given 24 hours to live to the one who went on to break Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson’s 400m world record from 1999 at the 2016 Olympics.
A high school drop-out at 16, award-winning musician at 27, Cassper Nyovest has three albums and over 10 awards under his gleaming belt. And, in addition to being the opening act for hip-hop giants like Nas and Kendrick Lamar, he set new standards last year when his own show filled Joburg’s FNB Stadium – a first for both SA and African hip-hop.
know that comfort is crucial to looking cool.
wrap things up with striking accessories.
Supermodel Candice Swanepoel has covered Japanese, Italian and Spanish Vogue, and straddled the chic divide from the likes of Prada and Chanel to Victoria’s Secret. Her latest venture: Tropic of C, her own swimwear range. Best known for her role as Lolly in Isidingo, Kim Engelbrecht now lives in Los Angeles, where she plays the role of the villainous Marlize Devoe in The Flash. Capetonian Lesley-ann Brandt got her acting break in the New Zealand series Diplomatic Immunity. Look out for her now as Mazikeen in the American supernatural series Lucifer. If ever there was a storied role, it’s the role of Carmen, the irresistible and fiery cigarette factory worker who plunges into a doomed love affair. First related in the form of a novella, the dramatic tale went on to become an adored Georges Bizet opera and, in turn, went on to inspire an amazing 22 movies, including SA’S U-carmen ekhayelitsha.
The ballet version has also become legendary – in the years since its 1875 Paris opera debut, the ballet version has been performed literally thousands of times with great dancers, including Zizi Jeanmaire, Alessandra Ferri and Diana Vishneva playing the lead role.
Now, Shannon Glover, the 32-yearold Joburg Ballet principal dancer, is stepping into the shoes of the Spanish femme fatale in Veronica Paeper’s restaging for the company. “I’ve always wanted to play this part,” says Shannon.
“The ballet is so intense, with its story of raw passion, love and betrayal, and I’ve always been intrigued by Carmen’s feistiness. It’s also been fun to play around with my sexy side, as you have to be comfortable with your own body and sexuality, as well as really strong, to play Carmen.”
See Joburg Ballet’s Carmen at the Joburg Theatre from 6-15 April.