April 16, 2014

upcoming event: ‘the peace table’ – charity & fashion event of the year on table mountain

04.16 Charity, Fashion, Table Mountain, Cape Town, Peter Tempelhoff, Myatt Cafe, David Tlale, Kluk CGDT, MaXhosa by Laduma, Taibo Bacar, Craig Port, Jan Malan (by Denzil Jacobs)

This year the annual Peace Table event will be taking place on Africa Day, 25 May 2014, just eighteen days after our heralded 20th democratic election. Each year, for the past fifteen years, the Peace Table has focussed on charities that care for the children of South Africa and to date, just over R15million has been raised. The event, which takes place on the slopes of Table Mountain, will host 700 ordinary South Africans at one long table and celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of our country. The only event welcomed onto the protected ground of our majestic Table Mountain, The Peace Table hosts a three course luncheon for 700 guests, which is prepared by a team of leading South African chefs including Peter Tempelhoff from the Cellars-Hohenort and Myatt CafĂ© from the V&A Waterfront to name a few. They all will be giving of their time and expertise to this worthy cause. Top South African artists also give of their time and take to the stage to keep guests entertained while they enjoy their delicious meal. Previous years have seen performances from Freshly Ground, The Parlotones, Heinz Winkler, Sibongile Khumalo, PJ Powers, Judith Sephuma, Vicky Sampson, Louise Carver, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Sipho Hotstix Mabuse. This year to add even more excitement to the event and in light of Africa Day, Jan Malan, well known fashion show director, will be putting on a fashion show with top African designers including David Tlale, KLÛK CGDT, Craig Port, Taibo Bacar from Mozambique, Loin Cloth & Ashes from Tanzania, MaXhosa by Laduma. They will be showcasing their latest fashions and will include some top celebrities modelling too with make up done by Gorgeous to Go with Bobbi Brown and hair styled by Marios Company for hair. Enviable items will also go up for the auction, which will be led by well-known auctioneer, Ariella Kuper. 100% of all the proceeds from the ticket sales benefit charities assisting abused children.  With a child being raped every 3 minutes in South Africa, it is our responsibility to raise awareness for this plight. This joyful celebration showcases SA’s multi-cultural diversity and brings together committed South Africans from all walks of life, creed and culture, and simultaneously, a wonderful opportunity to raise funds for charities that care for children in need. There is no better time than now to stand up and be counted. Re-evaluate. The organisers will seek out every platform imaginable to urge all South Africans – at the Table, and not – to be with them on that day, at that time, with that depth of commitment to our country’s future. Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa operates a Section 21 company that organises this annual fund raising event and was founded by Christine Cashmore, CEO of Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa. The Peace Table allows ordinary South Africans to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate and provides a beacon of hope and positivity. The mission of those involved is to generate a place where like-minded people can celebrate the goodwill amongst people who care for the common good of humankind. Those involved in this historic event are committed to building a better life for all; a life where peace is a given, where we all can interact and communicate, so that our understanding of each other can grow and bring us closer to the concept of one nation, one vision.

To book tickets please visit www.computicket.com.

For more information: http://www.fieramilano.co.za/giving-back/

Ticket prices:  VIP R550 General R480 For media enquiries please contact The Little Black Book PR: Jules Illing – jules@thelittleblackbook.co.za For sponsorship enquires please contact:

Marina Nestel – marina@thelittleblackbook.co.za

April 16, 2014

bisquit cognac launches in south africa

04.16 Bisquit Cognac, Denzil Jacobs, Portia Braaf, Robin Peterson, Siv Ngesi, Danine Naidoo, Busisiwe Nyeti, Thandie Kupe, Alex McGregor, Bjorn Steinbach, Cape Town (by Denzil Jacobs)

For over 200 years, Bisquit Cognac has been synonymous with luxury and joie-de-vivre – the joy of living. From being the official cognac of Air France Concorde to gracing the tables of royalty, Biscuit celebrates the finer things in life. With that spirit, Bisquit Cognac launched in South Africa with a lavish launch event held at the Crossley & Webb showroom in Cape Town. It was a wonderful evening with our host for the night Bob Mabena and guests including actor Bjorn Steinbach with his model girlfriend Alex McGregor as well as television personality, Danine Naidoo, comedian Siv Ngesi, cricketer Robin Peterson with his fiancĂ©e Portia Braaf. Also in attendance was socialites Thandie Kupe, Busi Nyeti, Rafeeka Allie and fashion blogger Jasna Zellerhoff. All guests were treated to a personalized engraved bottle of Bisquit Cognac to savour in leisure.

Special thanks to Clayton Morar Media. as well as Ruald Rheeder & Levi Strauss for dressing me.

April 15, 2014

seelan restaurant opens at the v&a waterfront, cape town

04.15 Seelan, Restaurant, Launch, Denzil Jacobs, Levi Strauss, Hilton Weiner, Levi's, Louis Vuitton, Simone Buhrer, Marc Buhrer, Misty Louw, Guguletu Samkange, Sue Duminy, Thandie Kupe, Busisiwe Nteyi, Cape Town, V&A Waterfront (by Denzil Jacobs)

Seelan Restaurant & Bar recently opened its door at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Seelan Sundoo who has worked in the restaurant industry for over 23 years thought it was time that he finally ventured out on his own which resulted in this latest addition to the Waterfront. Seelan Restaurant & Bar combines a variety of contemporary and European inspired dishes including all of Seelan’s signature dishes many of which he describes as “home cooked meals with a twist. Fresh and simple is the best approach”, he says. Seelan Restaurant & Bar provides a relaxed and vibey atmosphere, perfect for lunch, after work drinks, and dinner. Guests can enjoy a variety of dishes including Rotisserie Chicken, Rotisserie Duck, the famous “Duck Rice Dish ” and Seelan’s world famous Prawn Curry.  The seafood platters are also great value for money and are a popular choice for patrons. Seelan also boasts an outstanding wine menu including a Seelan’s house wine, which is produced locally by Allee Bleue in Franschhoek.

In March, Seelan Restaurant & Bar hosted their launch event with guest including Jackie & Jacob Wiese, Sue Duminy, Thandie Kupe, Busisiwe Nyeti, Concetta Rothschild, Paul Newman, Nick French, Arie Fabian, Rafeeka Allie, Jasna Zellerhoff and many more, were treated to some of Seelan’s signature dishes and wines. With a stunning view when seated outside or a warm atmosphere when seated inside, Seelan has pulled out all the stops to ensure that his guests enjoy a world class dining experience at Seelan. For bookings please call 021 421 4906 or email reservations@seelan.co.za. Also visit Seelan Restaurant & Bar on Facebook and follow Seelan Restaurant & Bar on Twitter for more details about their menu. Seelan is open from 11:30 am – 11:45 pm daily, Shop 8 Quay 5, V&A Waterfront Cape Town.

Special thanks to The Little Black Book PR, Hilton Weiner, Levi Strauss SA and Spoilt Hair.

April 14, 2014

photography: south african model brigitte willers

04.14 Photography, Denzil Jacobs Photography, Brigitte Willers, South African, Model (by Denzil Jacobs)

A previously unreleased photograph of South African fitness writer (The Jog Blog), model, television personality (Survivor SA) and my good friend Brigitte Willers. As the seasons were changing from autumn to summer here in Cape Town late last year, Brigitte and I met at her beautiful home to do a little photoshoot. This is one of my favorite images from that shoot, aside from the photographs featuring her little boy, Sam. A wonderful day rounded off with a few splashes of champagne and sunny weather. Such a pleasure photographing you Brigitte!

April 10, 2014

music: chad saaiman releases his latest single “Mi Amor”

04.10 Chad Saaiman, Mi Amor, Music, South Africa (by Denzil Jacobs)

South African R’nB/Pop singer Chad Saaiman has announced and released his latest single titled, “Mi Amor”. Ahead of his upcoming album, set for release in June 2014, Chad has made his new single available to listen for free on Soundcloud at  https://soundcloud.com/chadsaaiman-1/mi-amor – Check it out and feel free to let us know what you think of it!

April 7, 2014

sundowners at john jacob’s ‘the dunrobin’ apartment in cape town

04.07 John Jacob, John Jacob Interiors, Dunrobin, Cape Town, South Africa (by Denzil Jacobs)

John Jacob Zwiegelaar launched John Jacob Interiors in Cape Town in 2005. At 36, he has since made his name as a designer of unmistakable, highly bespoke, stylish interiors characterized by their attention to detail. To date he has clients in South Africa, the US and Europe, and his work includes not just the interiors of domestic and commercial projects, but private planes and a yacht and he’s coordinated new fabric ranges for a lifestyle brand called Studio H. Highlights of his portfolio include work with Gulfstream in the US to co-ordinate the design of the interiors of privately commissioned aircraft as well as the style of their external livery. He redecorated the guest accommodation at 18th-century Vergelegen, the Cape’s most historic Cape Dutch homestead, sourcing period antiques and art, and commissioning fixtures and fittings from celebrated local craftsmen. At the beginning of 2012, as creative director of Studio H, the new lifestyle brand of South African fabric house Hertex Fabrics, he launched a series of new fabric collections, and future plans will extend the brand to include a range of furniture and paint for domestic interiors. He designing the profile for, and interiors of, Luminance a bespoke department store in Johannesburg that will feature international luxury fashion brands. His work is featured prominently in Andrew Martin’s decorating annual (2010), and he stars in the book Style Icons, Top South African Designers and their Interiors (2011), alongside 15 of South Africa’s most prominent interior designers. John oversees the entire design process from architectural concept to the decoration of the interiors, custom furniture design and the treatment of the garden. If a project requires it, furniture and decorative accessories are sourced further afield – in the United Kingdom, France or wherever else is appropriate.

A few weeks ago, I was invited by John for sundowners at his Dunrobin apartment in Cape Town, which was featured on the top South African luxury and travel magazine televise show, Top Billing as well as the cover of CondĂ© Nast‘s House & Garden Magazine. To say the least, the space was breathtakingly put together by this interior design genius. His use of shapes, colour and, my favourite part, texture was inspiring. It’s not a large space at all, but it still holds a sense of grandeur. Click here to see the feature on SABC3′s Top Billing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3R3rs3CVv0.

April 1, 2014

fashion: elie tahari spring/summer 2014

04.01 Elie Tahari, Spring Summer 2014, SS2014, SS14 Collection (by Denzil Jacobs)

Celebrating 40 years at the top of the fashion industry, Elie Tahari’s proves he’s still got what it takes to deliver cutting-edge style and modern sophistication, in his latest Spring 2014 Collection. Inspired by the architecture of the Brazilian capital city of Brasília, created by Oscar Niemeyer in the 1950s, Tahari says the collection “brings together elements of sport with futuristic components.” Juxtaposing contrasts of strong linear shapes against graceful curves, Tahari channels the spirit and architecture of the city into the collection, using sporty high-tech fabrics, well structured garments and a cool, muted colour palate of white, mint foam, light iris, soft sky and rose mist. Here and there, bold graphics, pops of colour and iridescent snakeskin prints add some diversity to the iconic collection of bold, geometric styles, combined with relaxed fits, in an array of luxe fabrics, featuring trademark Tahari laser-cut leather, fitted scuba and raw-edge silicone.

Key items in the Spring 2014 Collection:

The Dress: Zip-front, curve-clinging leather dresses, with boxy basket weaves and eyelet detailing, bold prints and pops of colour, the perfect office-to-outing dress.

The Swing Coat: A statement cage mesh swing coat in white leather

The Blouse: Long and sheer in icy pale blue, or navy, crĂšme and trendsetting ombre print.

The Pant: luxe and free-flowing – paired with a structured piece on top and a sexy shoe, to create a polished look.

The Heel: Neon suede, snake print pumps and leather sandals.

The Sweatshirt: Modern luxury, epitomized with an elegant, subtle print

The Black Jumpsuit

04.01 Elie Tahari, Spring Summer 2014, SS2014, SS14, Collection (by Denzil Jacobs)

Meanwhile, in commemoration of his 40th anniversary, Elie Tahari has produced a 20-piece capsule collection featuring updates of signature pieces from the label’s archives, entitled  ‘Elie Tahari Edition 1974’. Representing Tahari’s iconic looks dating back to 1974, the year he opened his first boutique on Madison Avenue, key pieces include a modern take on the 70 style tube top as well as jumpsuits, power suits, the classic tuxedo as well as signature leather pieces, all of which were top sellers at some point during Tahari’s years at the top of the fashion industry. “I named each piece from the collection after an iconic New York landmark,” says Tahari.

Testament to Elie Tahari’s unique talent and ability to predict what a woman wants from fashion before she even knows it, these collections hit the right notes in the style stakes, showcasing Tahari’s genius designs and flair for mixing sensual fabrics, subtle textures, strong tailoring and detailing, which have come to define the global brand.

Renowned for exquisite design elements, like laser-cut leather dresses and jackets, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Hudson and Leighton Meester are some of the celebrities which adore Elie Tahari’s simple yet stylishly modern designs. For over four decades Elie Tahari has succeeded in creating beautiful, tailored and upscale-office friendly clothes for women, inspired by his belief that “clothing should be quieter than the woman so that her true beauty can shine through”. Elie Tahari has a particularly large following amongst the fashion-savvy career women, who rely on the designer for consistently simple, tasteful, luxurious and modern collections.

Elie Tahari is exclusively available in South Africa at: D’OrĂ© – Store U73 Sandton City, Sandton Drive, Johannesburg – contact: 011 783 7316/8 or www.dorefashion.co.za.

March 28, 2014

tamia’s message to her south african fans – ‘beautiful surprise’ tour

03.28 Tamia, Beautiful Surprise Tour, Beautiful Surprise, South Africa (by Denzil Jacobs)

International singing sensation, Tamia will be performing live in South Africa as she brings her Beautiful Surprise World Tour to Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth in just a few week and she tells me how much she loves South Africa and can’t wait to be back here.  Hear what Tamia had to say about South Africa at this link: DenzilJacobsOfficial on YouTube.

Cape Town – 26 April 2014

Johannesburg - 27-28 April 2014

Port Elizabeth – 30 April 2014

Tickets now available at www.computicket.com. (Ticket prices range from R290-R1000)

Purchase ‘Beautiful Surprise‘ on iTunes SA: https://itunes.apple.com/za/artist/tamia/id163125

Purchase ‘Beautiful Surprise‘ on iTunes US: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beautiful-surprise/id714838081

March 28, 2014

masterpiece of aesthetics – patek philippe

03.28 Patek Philippe, Men's Watch, Luxury (by Denzil Jacobs)

Appropriate to the heritage of Patek Philippe, the Men’s Complications Ref 5170J is not only extremely precise and reliable, but it is also a masterpiece of aesthetics and supreme workmanship. Its physique is devoted to functionality, whilst it is endowed with tangible elegance. This elegant timepiece has an 18K yellow-gold case, an opaline-white dial with slender applied hour markers, as well as yellow-gold applied Roman numerals at 12 and 6 o’clock. The strap is alligator with rectangular scales, hand-stitched in a rich matt chocolate brown, whilst the case back is sapphire-crystal. Not only is this timepiece stylish, but it is also water resistant to 30m.

A ‘complication’ in watchmaking is anything a mechanical watch may do beyond telling the time and the date. Patek Philippe upholds a tradition in complications that are useful in everyday situations, such as annual calendars, dual time zones and world time displays. Patek Philippe prides itself in their knowledge and practice of this pinnacle of the watchmaker’s art.

Patek Philippe is available exclusively at the Watch & Jewellery Gallery in Nelson Mandela Square, Johannesburg, South Africa. For more information, please call 011-784-2595 or visit www.patek.com.

March 20, 2014

all the glamour at ‘veuve clicquot masters polo 2014′

03.20 Veuve Clicquot, Masters Polo 2014, Cindy Nell, Sue Duminy, Katryn Kruger (by Denzil Jacobs)

On Saturday, 1 March 2014, South Africa’s elite gathered at the prestigious Val De Vie Estate in Paarl, Cape Town to indulge in luxury, canapĂ©s, champagne, fashion and of cause a polo tournament at the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014. This year, as the official fashion sponsor of the VCM2014, D’Ore Boutique (situated in Sandton, Johannesburg) graciously dressed some of our most influential celebrities including model and actress Tanya van Graan, international model Katryn Kruger and model Cindy Nell. International television personality Jennifer Su sparkled in a dress by Vanessa G London for D’Ore Boutique. Wearing a gorgeous summer dress selected from her new online boutique, Just For Tonight, Sue Duminy looked amazing. After the recent release of her first fragrance for women, “Jeannie in a Bottle” (now in stores at Clicks nationwide), television personality Jeannie D, looked radiant in a dress also by D’Ore Boutique.It was wonderful spending the afternoon watching polo and sipping Veuve Clicquot champagne with SA singing sensation Jimmy Nevis, journalist Clayton Morar, owner of Pallu Boutique (situated in Sandton, Johannesburg) Peta Eggierth-Symes, international actress Natalie Becker, presenter Tracey Lange, celebrity stylist Jasna Zellerhoff, beauty blogger Leigh van den Berg, dance music duo Locnville (Andrew and Brian Chaplin), Olympic Gold Medalist Ryk Neethling, Misty Louw, television personality Liezel van der Westhuizen and so many more, with a guest appearance by model Roxy Louw.

03.20 Veuve Clicquot, Masters Polo 2014, Cindy Nell, Jennifer Su, Peta Eggierth-symes, David Tlale, Locnville, Jeannie D, Andrew Chaplin, Brian Chaplin (by Denzil Jacobs)

And if all that wasn’t luxurious enough, the official vehicle sponsor for this event was none other than Bentley, offering chauffeur transfers to SA’s elite. It was certainly a highlight on the South African social calendar all put together by the team at Vivid Luxury PR, headed by Anina Malherbe.

Special thank you to Hilton Weiner SA for dressing me at this event and Spoilt Salon for styling.

More images soon at Denzil Jacobs Photography Facebook Page.

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