Social – Let’s get physical

2013-09-29 10:00

For those in need of some lingerie trend analysis – or just a little eye candy – fashion magazines Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan have launched their lingerie editions. Clayton Morar was at the show this week

With summer well and truly on its way, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire are celebrating all things physical this October in their lingerie-themed editions.

In anticipation of the pending bikini frenzy, they hosted a joint cocktail party at Canal Walk shopping centre on Thursday evening in the Mother City.

I was surprised by the choice of venue. This was an invite-only event, but loads of shoppers thronged around to witness the action, cramping the space.

Despite starting 30 minutes late, the fashion show drew hundreds of local VIPs and fashionistas to take in the latest lingerie trends – some, let’s face it, were most probably there to perv over the sizzling models on the ramp.

The magazines’ lingerie issues feature 76 pages of the latest trends in intimate wear.

Taking a leaf out of Victoria’s Secret’s book, some of South Africa’s top models strutted the ramp in a range of brands – Jockey, La Senza, Triumph and Guess among them – while Cape Town heart-throb Jimmy Nevis did a fantastic job of keeping the crowd entertained.

All the celebrities I spoke to were as surprised as I was by the brief duration of the show, though.

And I was disappointed that so few A-listers were in attendance.

I managed to spot former rugby star Percy Montgomery in a grey suit, mingling at the bar for most of the evening.

Those celebs who didn’t bother to stay for long afterwards but who enjoyed being in the front row included former soccer-hottie-turned-personal-trainer Ryan Botha, who was casually chic with his hot model girlfriend Jessica Lee.

Model Tracey McGregor looked on point with a sexy black jacket and denim combo, while I also spotted all the usual Cape Town socialites – actor Bjorn Steinbach, comedians Siv Ngesi and Angel Campey, as well as Expresso insert presenter Danine Naidoo – mingling and posing for photographs.

Although the venue space was congested, I vaguely saw weatherman Derek van Dam enjoying the show, but he soon dashed home for an early night.

Guests were treated to welcome drinks and maybe I missed the boat, but I didn’t spot any canapés at the event – epic fail, guys.

Although many of the guests headed off to the afterparty at Club 31 in the CBD, I decided to pack it in early. So many beautiful images, so exhausting.

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