Glamour race brings out all the stars and fashionistas

2011-02-01 14:02

As regular as clockwork, the beautiful people of the South African entertainment industry take over the Mother City for the annual fillies-and-fashion affair that is the J&B Met.

This year’s instalment kicked off with a Friday night pre-Met gala dinner held at the scenic Pepper Club in Camps Bay, accentuated by a romantic sunset over the ocean background.

Fashion designers Uyanda Mbuli, Gert-Johan Coetzee and Thula Sindi – who has reinvented his image this year by shaving off his trademark long cornrows – represented the fashionista brigade.

The celebrity guests were chock-a-block, with new moms Lee-Ann ­Liebenberg and Relo glowing. The dreadlocked singer, Relo, gushed about her baby daughter’s milk teeth coming out, and mingled with fellow musicians Stoan Seate and Speedy – the latter in an all-purple ensemble sans his equally famous towel. Former rugby ace Chester Williams was “Mr Popular”, with everyone rushing to share a laugh or air-kiss with him. There was also Somizi ­Mhlongo, Hlelo and Ntando Masina, Real Goboza’s Phat Joe, Siyabonga Ngwekazi and way too many other usual party suspects to count.

Guests were treated to a fashion show to demonstrate the “Larger Than Life” theme of this year’s race in various ways, from dresses to accessories.

Rhythm City actress Relebogile Mabotja commented: “I honestly don’t feel very confident about my outfit after seeing that show. So that’s what they meant about this Larger Than Life business.”

On the dinner menu was a steamed vegetable salad for a starter, with the main course a choice between ostrich steak with mash or baby kingklip with rice and veggies. For dessert, malva pudding or crème brûlée, while J&B was on tap. Very appropriate for a crowd who watch their figures.

Judging by the outfits worn at the ­pre-party, fashion at the Met really is the top priority for the A-listers.

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