See You At The Met

2015-01-18 13:00

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The J&B Met, one of SA’s premier horse racing events, is on the horizon. #Trending asked celebs and designers how they are interpreting this year’s theme of

Made for the Mix.

Totes majestic

Media personality Bonang Matheba says of this year’s theme: “It’s so difficult! Are we mixing patterns, materials or cultures? It’s really fascinating.” She says she looked to the luxurious Dolce & Gabbana spring/summer 2014 collection for inspiration this year. It “used lots of red and metallics paired with delicate Sicilian lace and crisp white shirts. It was very glamorous but also simple,” she says. It featured Greek-monument tourist souvenir prints, belts emblazoned with emperor-head medallions and shoes with Grecian columns for heels.

Think robot

Gert-Johan Coetzee says he is working on a variety of designs, including Boity Thulo’s outfit. “I love this theme! It’s about taking two things that wouldn’t normally go together and mixing contrasts, like a fashion designer working with a florist,” he says. Although he won’t go into detail on what he’s working on, he did say about his own outfit for the day: “Think robot!” He’s emphatic about not going barefoot if your high-heeled shoes start hurting. “If you can’t handle your heels, don’t wear them.” He adds with a laugh: “Make sure you write that. I don’t want to see barefoot ladies. Wear or pack flats if you think your heels won’t be on for long.”

Something new, something borrowed

Luthando “Lootlove” Shosha of Live Amp and K’shubile says she will again be wearing a Thabo Makhetha creation. Lootlove recently wore a red chiffon and Basotho blanket detail dress by Thabo Makhetha.

“To me the theme means, ‘have a lot of fun with it’. We have all these different cultures in South Africa, so my dress will be inspired by that. It’s a clash of cultures, in a good way. There’s a sudden burst of interest in African prints, but we are not using it like they do internationally.” Her dress will also draw heavily on her Xhosa heritage, but she says “without taking it too far. I can’t be dressed in a full traditional blanket in Cape Town’s January heat!”

All about chemistry

Designer Craig Jacobs of Fundudzi says although he doesn’t really design for celebrities, he’s working on a creation for Khanyi Mbau. He says of the theme: “It’s about contrasts and making work that which normally wouldn’t go together.” He chuckles: “That’s what they say chemistry is about.”

He has some advice for those going to the Met: “For me, comfort is important. It will be a long, hot, day so there’s no point in going if you’re not going to be comfy.” He says of his own outfit: “I’m always the last person to think about what I will wear.”

It’s fashion, not an outfit

Designer Thula Sindi says: “I’m not a fan of occasion-dressing. It puts pressure on you and I think you should wear fashion every day.”

Although he won’t be designing a creation for the event, he says: “I’m glad it’s not constrictive because it’s not a literal theme. I love fashion, not outfits. An outfit is only a few steps away from a costume. So I am hoping to see people mixing up their fashion in a cool way for the Met.”

Go for gold

Designer Kat van Duinen is also not designing anything specifically for the Met, but says: “The theme sounds fun and is open to interpretation, which means the possibilities are endless.”

Van Duinen’s summer 2015 collection features a striking gold dress she thinks will be perfect for the Met.

“It is inspired by the sleek lines and minimalistic aesthetic of traditional northern African desert wear.”

Her advice for Met attendees is: “If you work with bright colours, keep the form/silhouette as minimalistic as possible, otherwise your ensemble will look OTT [over the top].”

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