PICS: It was Decades of style at the Sun Met
Khanyi Mbau with her bae Tebogo Lerole. (Photo: Lerato Maduna/City Press)
Johannesburg - It was glitz, glamour and bubbles all the way at the Sun Met party in Cape Town on Saturday as an expected crowd of 30 000 punters descended on the Kenilworth racecourse for one of the most prestigious events on the local calendar.
Sponsorship of the Sun Met, now in its 40th year, was taken over this year by Sun International and GM Mumm champagne after former headline sponsors J&B pulled out.
It was all stops pulled as Sun International, who are pros at this who used to large-scale events such as the Nedbank Golf Challenge and the Miss South Africa pageant, made it the year to remember.
This year’s theme was Decades of Glamour, which gave the punters plenty of scope to explore fashion trends from the Gatsby era to what they might imagine the 2020’s might bring to our catwalks and closets.
Spotted at the GM Mumm marquee, where the champagne flowed, was actress Jessica Nkosi dressed in black top with bling detail matched with a silver glittering skirt, by designer Jacques Lagrange. “I wanted something avant garde and something over the top, but classic,” Nkosi said.
“The event is light and fun. All the words that mean good vibes. Beautiful and not heavy, a great way to spend Sat. GH Mumm is the best marquee to be at,” said an excited Nkosi.
The silver textured elements were what made her outfit stand out, that and the custom-made fascinator from New York that finished off her glamorous look.
Among other celebrities who were spotted at the event were Khanyi Mbau with her bae Tebogo Lerole.
Mbau, in a Matt Nolim design, looked fabulous as she flashed a golden Roman sandal curling around her sexy leg in her elegant golden silky dress with its dramatic slit.
This molten gold look is what earned Mbau the best dressed tick - simple but chic.
Moonchild, alas, did not follow the brief and seems to have pulled her outfit together out of the children’s dress up box with no reference to any decade of fashion.
Most celebrities went for the 1920s, the decade of The Great Gatsby and the elegance of the flappers.
The men at the event tried not to be outshone by the women, and made great efforts to stick to the theme. Lerole looked dapper in an all-black ensemble with a choker, while Leslie “Da Les” Mampe, opted to go all-white.
Other celebrities who turned out for the event were actress Amanda Du Pont, TV presenter Leigh-Anne Williams, as well as TV presenter and rapper Nomuzi Mabena. This year, there was a shift towards empowering local designers, with celebrities shining the spotlight on up-and-coming talent.
For R5 000 a ticket, exclusive racegoers hung out in the Platinum Lounge where GM Mumm champagne flowed and the buffet groaned with salmon, olives and exotic cheeses.
For the party animals, there was an afterparty presented by Guess with DJs including Goodluck and Euphonik lined up to hit the decks.
The Sun Met, though, is not only about the pricey frocks, it is also about cold hard cash. This year the prize money was doubled to R5mn. Also, the event is an economic boost for Cape Town, luring in 22 000 visitors to the city and generating approximately R60m in revenue.
(Photos: Lerato Maduna/City Press)