Last week, Magnum South Africa invited some of Cape Town’s top names in media as well as celebrity guests to introduce their new campaign, Magnum “Pink & Black”. The event took place at Cape Town’s summer hot-spot, Shimmy Beach Club with our host for the afternoon, Top Billing presenter Janez Vermeiren. Guests included Top Travel‘s Jeannie D, who is set to release her debut fragrance available in stores soon as well as Top Billing presenter and the face of Revlon South Africa Bonang Matheba. The event unveiled a first in South Africa, a live Twitter Auction where participants could win prizes including iPads and designer shoes. With canapés and champagne, guests including model Lisa Cowley, radio personality Gareth Cliff and television personalities Ewan Strydom, Danine Naidoo, Tanya Nefdt and Tracey Lange and myself certainly felt spoilt by Magnum as the afternoon progressed. The main Magnum Pink & Black event will take place in Johannesburg on 23 November 2013. Follow MagnumSA on Twitter for more about this campaign and the event.
Just a few weeks ago, Top Billing presenter Jonathan Boynton-Lee, styled by Pulse Salon invited some of his closest friends to celebrate his birthday with him at the prestigious The Michelangelo Towers exclusive Cupola Suite Penthouse in Sandton City. I flew up to Johannesburg to celebrate with the birthday boy and with guests including Jennifer Su, Jay Anstey, Boitumelo Thulo, Chad Saaiman, Gert-Johan Coetzee, Simba Mhere, Gina Myers, Melinda Shaw, Conor Mccreedy and Lorinda Voges to name a few, it was an evening to remember.
The view of Sandton from the penthouse was exquisite and with champagne and good company, the party started off in style. Later, Jon invited all his guests to continue the celebrations at Johannesburg’s hottest club, The VIP Room. To raise funds for a charity very close to Jonathan, the public were invited to join him at The VIP Room, and proceeds of ticket sales donated to Princess Alice Adoption Home. Happy birthday Jon!
With a legacy for excellence in fashion and clothing design perfected over 110 years, Tiger Of Sweden has opened it’s doors in Cape Town. Guests including singer Danny K, television personalities Jennifer Su, Liezel van der Westhuizen and Leigh-Anne Williams, actress Vanessa Haywood as well as former Miss South Africa Nicole Flint were invited to enjoy an evening of fine fashion, canapés and champagne at the official launch of the new Tiger of Sweden at the V&A Waterfront. It was certainly a spectacular event with models showcasing some of the brands most iconic and modern pieces while guests browsed the collections and tried a few garments on.
“It’s a philosophy in a sense, we want to have a different cut to make us more unique, “ Ronnie McDonald, responsible for the menswear tailoring department, tells me, “It can mean a detail, it can mean a silhouette, fabric. It’s the idea that we’re constantly striving to be unique in some ways.” Over a glass of sauvignon blanc at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, I chatted with Fredrik Folkesson, Product Manager and Head Sourcer Denim, about their jeans. “We looked at the market, we wanted to do a different cut when it came to silhouettes and fits, to [take] out the cow-boy and put in the rockstar instead.” says Fredrik, “A bit of rock and roll.”
Later, the festivities continued as a select few guests were invited to enjoy dinner and champagne at Shimmy Beach Club. One of Cape Town’s hottest summer spots, the evening was enjoyed by celebrities and some of South Africa’s top bloggers including Leigh van den Berg, Elrico Bellingan, Karisa Nichols, Clouds Drummond and Jasna Zellerhoff.
Visit the new Tiger Of Sweden Cape Town Store at the V&A Waterfront or visit the international store at www.tigerofsweden.com.
Special thanks to ZebraSquare PR.
Picture top right: Mccreedy with his head PAL designer, and his friend and new ambassador, the billionaire philanthropist who sold his company to ebay. Discussing the new partnership that involves Colin Cowie and Donna Karan.
“Over the past 50 years Africa’s lion populations have plummeted from over 200,000 individuals back in the 1960′s to fewer than 21,000 today. A shocking number if you consider the size of that continent”
Situated on one of the most exclusive rooftops in New York, South African born artist Conor Mccreedy, Colin Cowie and Mike Eilertson hosted an exclusive launch event for Protecting African Lions (PAL) Foundation with VIP guests and friends. Investors, activists, entrepreneurs, supermodels, artists, philanthropists, actors and many more, all united together to bring awareness to the African Lion, a majestic creature whose population is rapidly decreasing. The mission of this global organization is to raise awareness and to start protecting lions from further decline against poaching, non regulated hunting and many other issues that will allow the lion to thrive in its natural wild habitat. It has established a foundation designed to protect lions and to become a key strategic partner for governmental and other affiliated charity programs such as Ubuntu Educational Fund, The Mara Foundation and many more.
Guests were treated to traditional South African delights from Madiba Biltong. They were also invited to purchase the exquisite MccreedyBlue PAL bracelet, featuring a hand-made button in brass, silver, gold or platinum, designed by South African designer Lianne Landman to further spread awareness and support the cause. Guests included Ndaba and Kweku Mandela (the 2 key grandsons of Neslon Mandela), Tyson Beckford, Jen Goodall, Rohan Marley, Julia Jansch, Maxwell, Colin Cowie, Shaun Dewet, Jacob Lief, Constantine Bisanz, Dr Geoffery Scott Caroll, and the Founder himself, Conor Mccreedy. Go to https://vimeo.com/76173527 to learn more about PAL.
Images courtesy of Luxury Brands PR (LiveOutLoud Group), PAL.
Crossley & Webb is set to become Cape Town’s premier automotive investment destination with the upcoming launch of their 1400 square meter showroom facility in the trendy Wembley Square precinct. On track to launch in October 2013, the historic red-brick building is currently being transformed into a world class investment grade auto-trading and lifestyle centre. The masterminds behind this unique venture are experienced motoring enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, Gareth Crossley and Bryan Webb, both of whom bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of Supercar and classic car investments to local and international investors. “International trends, matched to our experience have shown that there is a rapidly growing local and international demand for selected classic cars, resulting in meaningful capital gains for our clients. Acquiring a classic can often be a passionate decision because the buyer just has to have it, however if the right car is bought and maintained, it will not only offer many hours of motoring pleasure but act as a real investment alternative. The detailed knowledge and reach of our team allows us to present specific propositions so that our clients can truly experience the joy of motoring,” comments Bryan. “To elegantly cater for the lifestyle requirements of our clients and allow them to spend time with their prized possessions, we will also offer a state of the art boardroom and meeting facilities, not to mention a designer Truth coffee bar, serving up the best coffee in town,” says Gareth.
With Cape Town set to celebrate its recognition as The Design Capital of the World in 2014, the Crossley & Webb showroom is on track to become a visual and acoustic highlight on everyone’s agenda, and going forward will establish itself as the Supercar and classic car investment hub of South Africa.
On 24 August 2013, Survivor SA contestant and model, Brigitte Willers invited distinguished guests to her inaugural Glamour Aid Charity Auction Dinner at the prestigious The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay, Cape Town. Hosted by Cindy Nell-Roberts (dressed by SA designer, Hendrik Vermeulen Couturier) and Mark Bayly, guests including Natalie Becker, Sue Duminy, Sharlene Lawrence, Tammy-Anne Fortuin, Anina Malherbe and Tarina Patel, to name a few, were treated to a special performance by South Africa’s leading electric cellist Carol Thorns as well as a spectacular performance by Arno Carstens with Mike & The Mechanics lead guitarist, Mike Rutherford. During the three course dinner, guests were invited to bid on remarkable paintings by up and coming South African artists and by the end of the evening R595 000 was raised to be donated to the Make A Difference Charity (MAD) and The Chaeli Campaign.
In addition, Uwe Koetter Jewellers sponsored a Genuine Diamond for their Diamond Surprise Pyramid which one lucky guest won on the evening. A fantastic evening with an even more spectacular cause, Glamour Aid has been adding glamour to charity since 1996, for more information about the Glamour Aid Dinner & Art Function visit www.glamouraid.co.za or join their Facebook page on: www.facebook.com/GlamourAid.
Last week, Woolworths invited media, celebrity guests and some of their loyal customers to showcase their Summer 2013 fashion trends for Woolworths, Country Road and Trenery. Our host for the evening, television personality Bonang Matheba introduced the panel of fashion experts as we were treated to an on-trend fashion show. Guests including Katlego Maboe, Ewan Strydom, Danine Naidoo, Siv Ngesi, Natalie Becker, Leigh-Anne Williams, Tanya Nefdt, Bjorn Steinbach and Kia Johnson to name just a few, enjoyed a glass of champagne and delicious Woolworths sugary-treats and canapés as the evening of fashion conversation progressed. See all the latests trends introduced last week instore at any Woolworths clothing department store as well as Woolworths Online.
Visit Denzil Jacobs Photography Facebook Page to view a short video from the evening.
The annual Ard Matthews and Friends Charity Concert will be taking place for the fourth year running on Thursday 29 August 2013. The concert will be taking place at the DoubleTree by Hilton – Cape Town Upper Eastside in Woodstock. The popular South African singer, Ard Matthews who is also lead singer of the acclaimed band Just Jinjer, has been at the forefront of this concert for the past 3 years along with the assistance of top events and PR company, The Little Black Book. The annual charity concert brings together great South African talent to raise money for a worthy cause.
The line up this year include Ard Matthews, Albert Frost, James Stewart & Barry van Zyl, Louise Day, Dan Patlansky, Macstanley, White Collar Club, Schalk Burger SNR, DJ Dino Moran, DJ Gary Cool and Dan Nicholl as host for the night.
Funds raised through ticket sales will go to a trust called “We The Good People”, a charitable cause, founded by Ard along with two other trustees, Alistair Hargreaves (Springbok/Sharks Lock) and Sean Temple (owner of Flux Motion Kettle Bell Gym). The simple rule of this organization is – trust – and they hope to gain the trust of the public when it comes to the appropriation of charitable efforts. The charity aims to educate the public about the importance of giving back to others no matter how busy they get, and to allow 100% transparency when it comes to the distribution of the funds. It will also be facilitated by one of the world’s top law firms, Norton Rose, as part of their pro-bono social investment.
For more information on the concert visit the Facebook Page.
For more information on “We The Good People” visit the website: www.wethegoodpeople.org.
Date: Thursday 29 August 2013
Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton – Cape Town Upper Eastside in Woodstock.
Tickets: R150.00 at www.webtickets.co.za
Recently, two men, Marc Bührer and Shane McConnachie embarked on a journey placing themselves in the footprints of the homeless and destitute on the streets of Cape Town. An initiative in conjunction with Dare To Share, Marc and Shane spent 7 days on the streets and enlisted the support of a few friends including Nick French, Brad Bodsworth and Dene Botha to join for 24 hours, relinquishing their affluent lifestyles, cars, phones (and even extra changes of clothing) to spend a week on the streets as homeless people. The project was created to highlight the plight of the homeless in Cape Town and South Africa in a effort to create awareness and encourage aid. This is just one of many initiatives these men are involved in to encourage support and responsible giving to Cape Town’s homeless community. At a screening held at the 15 on Orange Hotel in Cape Town, Marc and Shane premiered a 12 minute film (reduced from over 45 hours of footage) titled “Walk The Walk (Life On The Streets)”, showcasing their journey. The documentary-film consists of a sequence of “diary entries” of their experience, from the positive to negative and clearly demonstrates the realities of life on the streets with conversations with the homeless individuals the men encountered. The film demonstrates their search for money for their next meal, finding a warm, safe place to sleep, a place to wash and so much more, that before this journey, they could have easily have taken for granted. It was an enlightening experience as invited guests including Dare To Share, various representatives from organizations including prominent food retail stores and The City Of Cape Town were encouraged to assist with solutions and “giving responsibly” projects. Find out more about this initiative (including diary entries) at http://www.daretoshare.co.za/about/walk-the-walk/.