Frills, frocks and fillies rule the day

2015-02-01 15:00

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A tacky tweet and a burst of colour dominated the J&B Met as Cape Town went horse-crazy yesterday.

Hours before one of the year’s most glamorous events kicked off, news broke of Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere’s death in a car crash.

Organisers J&B tweeted, “Devastated to hear of the passing of Simba Mhere ... keep your family in his thoughts as you enjoy #JnBMet2015”.

It hastily apologised after horrified Twitter users reacted angrily, and the tweet was deleted.

Organisers said Top Billing presenters who were meant to record an insert at the racing event left after news broke of Mhere’s shock death.

Singer, dancer and actress Denise Zimba.

But for everyone else, the show went on. Among the celebrities strutting their stuff were Boity Thulo, Luthando “Lootlove” Shosha, Denise Zimba, Zizo Beda, stylist Dumi Gwebi and designer Gert Johan-Coetzee.

Designer to the stars Coetzee mixed his colours in a Technicolor jacket, which he paired with a muted pair of dark-blue/navy pants. He was among the best-dressed men of the day as he kept to the theme of Made to Mix.

Conspicuously missing from the glam event was the bestie duo of Bonang Matheba and Somizi Mhlongo who always turn heads with their dramatic attire.

Socialite Khanyi Mbau

Mhlongo was, coincidentally, unveiled as a judge for the 11th season of reality show Idols yesterday.

The VVIPs enjoyed their day at the races in true style and no luxury was spared for their comfort.

An open bar catered for their refreshment and fancy cocktail needs until it closed at 7pm and became a cash bar.

There was a spa for tired feet and shoulders and ample comfortable seating under the cool marquee that enjoyed pride of place right next to the racetrack.

In addition to the seemingly endless canapés, which included sushi and buckets of oysters that were shucked at guests’ request, a full buffet lunch was served.

There was a separate station for teas and coffees and a soft-serve bar with a variety of toppings.

As always the fashion, entertainment and free- flowing drinks upstaged the horses.

But for those who were paying attention, L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Futura added another feather to his cap by storming home to win the main race.

He has qualified for the Breeders’ Cup in the UK in October and will represent South Africa there.

Boitumelo Thulo

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