Sunday the 1st of March 2020 saw the final sizzle of summer!
It was the crisp chill of champagne, live entertainment, delicious cuisine and
the culmination of the series showcased at the most exclusive polo event of the
The Veuve Clicquot Polo Series took place at Val de Vie
Estate in Cape Town and it was a fashion showstopper. Hosted by actress and
philanthropist Nomzamo Mbatha, the most sought-after polo experiences brought
together local celebs who looked their best in coordination with the theme;
Here’s a look at the celebs at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Series:
Art has always influenced fashion, but when designers move beyond references and subtle nods and instead work directly with artists, truly extraordinary and original work is created. Such collections occupy an exciting new space where the two fields meet, standing not only as works of art in their own right but as fun, highbrow sartorial offerings that allow designers to create beyond the normal realms of fashion.
The fashion world is constantly clamouring
for collaborations left and right, breathing new life into its products by
incorporating another creative’s vision.
While many of us consider fashion an art form itself, both industries continue to collaborate to forge deeper creative conversations. Painters, illustrators, and photographers have become important contributors to the fashion industry, their input often adding instant value to a collection. The direction is often set by the designer and fuelled by a mutual appreciation of each other’s work.
In this feature, we shine a light on The Julian Art Fashion, a ladies wear collection, which is a collaboration between established local fashion designer Julian and select South African contemporary artists represented by Art Eye Gallery. The artists they currently work with are Thokozani Mthiyane, Trevor Coleman, Toni Bico, Kobus Walker and Lionel Murcott. Julian established his label in 1986 and is widely supported by loyal clientele for his understated style and exceptional craftsmanship.
Fashion and art each require precision, imagination and an
in-depth understanding of colour and shape. This is perhaps why the two crafts
often collide in a professional sense. When fashion and art collaborations do
occur, masterful products and designs will usually ensue.
The Julian Art Fashion clothing collection is developed into a modern African interpretation fashion of the colorful rainbow nation. Artworks are selected from artists paintings and using sublimation printing the artwork is then printed onto fabric. The collection pays a royalty to the artist on clothing that is sold using their artwork.
Various fabrics are used in different weights throughout the collection, quality is of utmost importance and they ensure print retention for a prolonged lifespan since the items are uniquely individual (no two items are exactly alike). This range has an exclusive and collectable feel as opposed to chain store mass produced fashion items. The exclusive artist prints, garment silhouette and finish set the brand apart, the sizing is a slim fit perfectly suited to the active lifestyles and toned bodies of their customers.
“Art and fashion have always been parallel to one another; fashion has a crush on unusual and outrageous prints that create alchemy by mixing wild colour and texture. We as local designers should celebrate and create a symbiosis of our rich and abundant local artists and their immense talent collaborating with these artists in creating exciting and totally South African products. Fashion art will become unique collectible items and precious pieces. Fashionistas are no longer interested in mass-market reproduced clothing, they want rare garments that tell a story,” says Julian.
On 1 February 2020, the horses and celebrities graced the Kenilworth
Racecourse for The Sun Met. The day’s theme was ‘African Luxury: Visionaries’ and it
inspired a varied display of looks. Media personality Bonang Matheba, actress
Nandi Mbatha, and Miss South Africa 2019 Sasha-Lee Olivier were among the
celebrities that dazzled on the red carpet.
Bonang, who was one of the official
faces of the event unveiling a new
Prestige Reserve from her bubbly brand, House of BNG, wearing a gold gown heavily encrusted with bling.
A-list racegoers included TV presenter Roxy Burger, celebrity chef Lorna
Maseko, as well as social media
influencers Kefilwe Mabote and Sarah Langa, who twinned in co-ordinating looks
from House Of Fabrosanz.
The much awaited
‘Somhale’ white wedding took place on Thursday, 30 January 2020 and it was a
glamorous affair! Celebrities honoured the theme and wore white with red
bottoms. Somizi Mhlongo and Mohale Motaung walked down the aisle and exchanged
their vows in front of many friends and loved ones at a venue in Muldersdrift,
north of Johannesburg. The white wedding follows their traditional wedding in
Kibler Park, Johannesburg, last September.
invitation read, “White is the colour of perfection, purity and a symbol of
wholeness and completion and for our wedding, we ask that you honour the colour
and all it represents.”
four-part wedding special will be aired exclusively on Showmax Online.