Fashionable Cape Town
// October 30, 2009
// Posted in Daniela Bonanno, Industry, News
Last night I attended the Style in the City event in Cape Town hosted by Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine from the BBC series What Not to Wear [in the U.S., they have a show called Making Over America]. This was the most prestigious black tie fashion event in town and it took place at the V&A Waterfront Style Studio. The dress code was formal black with a touch of red and most people took it quite seriously — I wore my Catherine Malandrino little black dress and Faryl Robin red shoes, in an attempt to bring a bit of New York fashion to South Africa!
The event was a fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa and 8 top South African designers presented collections (most of them quite impressive) – each also designed a red dress that was modeled by editors of magazines such as Elle, Marie Claire, O, Glamour, etc. The red dresses were auctioned at the end of the night.
My favorite designer by far was Gavin Rajah and I definitely have my eyes on a couple of his dresses! Another favorite was Marianne Fassler, who is definitely the Betsey Johnson of South Africa – she may even be more extravagant and outrageously original!!! Trinny and Susannah had everyone in stitches (aside from the 10 girls they picked from the audience and critiqued on stage). Overall it was a fashion-filled evening that finally made me feel like I’m “in” the Cape Town fashion scene!!!! I look forward to many more events….
– by Daniela Bonanno