Last Thursday I was invited by Intel to be their guest for Africa Fashion International at the Sandton Convention Centre.
Intel was fabulous, but the Sandton Convention Centre was amateurish at best! I was quite astounded! This was not their first rodeo by far, yet when we arrived Intel’s Sunet had to scramble a bit because they didn’t know who we were- myself, Jenty (pop over and check out her photos) and Gina were joined a little later by Snowgoose– and as the evening wore on the events were running later and later, with the 9PM show eventually started at 10PM! I left when it started though, so I didn’t see all the shows. I did get to meet Zinhle from Intel, and Danielle who happens to be a friend of Snowgoose, so I had some fabulous company for a very entertaining evening.
It was my first ever big name fashion show and let me tell you, I don’t think there’s a better place for people watching! Holy crap there are some strange people on this here blue earth!
Before the ramp events, we strolled around the stalls showcasing some of the designers work as well as jewellery, hats and shoes! I wore my new Sass Designs “Tuck Dress”, also known as a “Hip2bSquare” dress and asked my sister C to do my hair for me. I did my own make up. I figured this was the ideal opportunity to dress up!
As for the fashion, I could totally see myself in several of the outfits I saw… and there were many I wish I could wear! The first show we saw was KLUK CGdT’s collection. Gawjiss! Soft, feminine and wearable.
Marianne Fassler’s show was next, and whilst I have always liked her stuff, I wasn’t blown away by this collection. It had a very eighties feel to it, and some of the outfits seemed to have been stitched together out of bits of previous dresses that had been hanging in a closet somewhere…
Mataano and Tart were modeled in the same show, and there were outfits in both lines that I liked, but I think the Tart line was my favourite of all the collections I saw. Whilst not as soft as KLUK CGdT, there was far more in the line that appealed to me.
It was a really cool evening out! Thank you Intel for including me!