- #KwaRakgadi was trending as Lesego Rakgadi Pitso lavishly celebrated her one-of-a-kind party.
- The inspiration behind it was the annual US-event The Met Gala known as “fashion's biggest night out."
- Lesego took the inspiration to another level, roping in luxury event planners and exclusive designers.
Was this a 21st birthday party or scene out of a romantic movie? Whose party is it, and what does she do for a living? These were questions asked on Instagram when #KwaRakgadi was trending as Lesego Rakgadi Pitso lavishly celebrated her party. The one-of-a-kind event was hosted in Shepstone Gardens, the hidden gem on the hills of Houghton, Johannesburg.
Lesego Rakgadi Pitso. Image by Fluorescent Imagery
Red and black were the colours of the day. A black carpet with red roses and candles carefully placed on the stairs ushered guests into the exclusive venue. As they walked through, black G-wagons with red balloons were parked outside the main entrance. The 21-year-old gives us context as to what inspired the celebration.
"The inspiration behind it was the original Met Gala hosted by Vogue Magazine in New York. But finding a venue in Johannesburg was an absolute nightmare," she shares, adding that it was extremely stressful to plan because she had to balance academics and party planning since February.
Her vision for the party was crystal clear, but she had obstacles along the way, with only two young women (her and a friend, Lele) trying to plan a grand event like this one.
Lesego roped in the likes of luxury events planner Nono Events, who exceeded her expectations. Her florist was Mira Cameron, and her couture gowns were designed by Biji la Maison and Ryan Keys.
Chef Howie served gourmet meals specially curated for the party, while TV host Pamela Mtanga was the MC of the day.
When asked why she decided to pull off such a luxury and jaw-dropping party, she said, "I chose such a grand way because I am a liker of exquisite things and I pay attention to detail and the finer things that not just everyone notices, so if I had to have a party/celebration it would have to be done in the correct manner."
Miss Party, Lesego Rakgadi Pitso making a grand entrance. Image supplied
Lesego is modest about some details of her party, especially those that have to do with price tags.
"[I received] a lot of exclusive designer items. Then my favourite [gift] has to be a trio of wooden chopping boards with my face embellished," she adds.
In a video shared by one of her guests on Instagram, her parents handed her a title deed to her own house as one of the gifts.
Lesego Rakgadi Pitso's 21st party. Image supplied
The BCom Law student shared that she has had a normal life like any child. "Academically, I've always worked hard, striving for the best. So my parents are quite consistent with the demand for good grades. A respectful child and good grades have always meant great results."
Lesego Rakgadi Pitso in her second couture dress by Ryan Keys. Image by Fluorescent Imagery
Apart from the glitz and glamour in her world, she says she is just a girl from a small town in the North West. She loves jet skiing and reading, and she is a candle connoisseur. "[The reaction on social media has been] extremely overwhelming, but I think I'm handling it pretty well, focusing on the positive only," Lesego shares.