Living it up in swanking style

2012-03-03 15:56

Bevy of socialites lap up Cape Town’s Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo event

Cape Town has put a spell on me; and their social scene is sucking me in more and more. Recently, the Mother City hosted the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo event, which is considered THE classy equestrian sport on the calendar compared to the oh-so-pleb Met darling!

Socialites from the city donned their demure outfits for a beautiful day out at the gorgeous Val de Vie Estate just outside Paarl. Clearly last year’s fun times ensured that over 700 celebrities, socialites and polo lovers believed the event worthy of an encore.

And a party in Cape Town is not a party without Jeannie D who looked extra-tanned with her arm candy fiance John Firth in tow. Her Jenni Button dress was a tad too sparkly for a day-time event but she wore it with confidence.

Another Top Billing personality, Kelly Parkhurst, also brought her fiance Grant Paul Roy while Jo-Ann Strauss came solo and ready to mingle. Strauss resembled a friend of the royals in her demure white number and dramatic green hat. I like the fact that she went with lesser-known local designer Elbeth Gillis. She was easily the best-dressed person of the day.

On the other end of the scale were Roxy Louw and her sister Shahnee, who both looked like they were on a nightclub-crawl night.

Also there were soccer player Ryan Botha who never goes anywhere without his girlfriend Gina Goldsmith.

Curiously, the man seems to be more on the social circuit than the soccer field. Ryk Neethling was also looking like a tall glass of delicious and sexy. Cape Town celebrity Natalie Becker spent time hanging out with Elana Africa who hasn’t been seen out and about much lately.

She wore a black long-sleeve top in that heat? Also spotted the president of the Val de Vie Polo Club, Alessandro Balestri de Verrand, with his wife, Karen, and boutique owner and socialite par excellence Peta Eggierth-Symes with her hubby Peter. She’s so well co-ordinated I still suspect marrying a Peter was a well-played and deliberate move on her part.

But the Khumbul’ekhaya moment of the day was when I spotted Hakeem Kae-Kazim, who’s now a big actor who starred in movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Pop band GoodLuck entertained the crowd while The Swing Tings took over at the after-party held at the Equus Lounge to end of the day in style. 

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