The equestrian event that is the J&B Met will be held this Saturday at the Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town, South Africa. One of SA’s most celebrated sporting and social events holds the theme “Made to fly“.
Tradition and ceremony dictate that the core of the historically relevant horse race is as much about competition and athleticism, as it is about haute couture that reveals the decadence of old. Over the years this has steadily extended to the debaucherous and bold attitudes of attendees and their attires.
Fashion will come and go with its fads and eclectic mixes of the ages. The theme this year is “made to fly” and while most would be inclined to think along the lines of Lady Gaga’s “out of the box” apparel, I have faith that people will finally revel in classic style. Our Miss SA, Marilyn Ramos is rumored to be thinking along the lines of conservative with enough flavor to truly showcase her beauty. I’m partial to the vivacious call of the Victoria Secret Fashion Show-like wings but I fear my brilliant designer Luiz DeLaja, of ministry4style, will have his own thoughts on this.
The colors that forever immortalized Coco Chanel in print are in- evening wear in solid black and white, as well as the additional flurries of feminine fabric, like chiffon, will be seen. Yellow has reared its sunny head as a global favorite this season and we can expect it along with peplum style dresses. This year the focus is on the intricacies that mold the clothing and its overall silhouette on the wearer. Consider the flow of Gavin Rajah’s designs at the 2012 Cape Town Fashion Week, by way of Givenchy’s constant subtle layering with lengths and fabrics.
Gavin Rajah designs courtesy of media.tumblr.com
Flying isn’t limited to the feathery and we will see remnants of “Top Gun’ in full force. Military is timeless and I believe air force jumpsuits with their clean cuts and minimalist stagnation are on the agenda. Multi-texturing and creative form fitting designs could, amidst the glamour and formality, render this stylish outfit brilliant and fresh.
Enter the most understated piece of fashion iconography-sunglasses.
Aviators as well as face-swallowing stunners will be trending. Jewelry will remain the popular gold with the additions of braided leather bracelets, chunky rings and even perhaps, some spikes. Shoes are always an issue with the Met depending on the place you are set to mingle in. Celebrities and those that can afford the VIP areas opt for stilettos for the ladies and the Italian leather formal pointed shoes for men because they can relax with comfort. We regular folk either suffer through the pending pain to look ridiculously gorgeous or have fun in the comfort of flat shoes or wedges. Wedges are in and should not only be considered for comfort. Zara, Nine West, Mr Price and Woolworths have shown how versatile these shoes can be and provide ones outfit with flair. I’m a sucker for punishment as I brave the crowds and heat rocking 6inch stilettos because one should always wear what makes them feel good.
Tickets cost R185p/p for general access and R390p/p for the Oasis Style Pass and were available from Saturday, 1 December 2012 through iTickets.co.za, selected Gold Circle tote offices and at the reception offices of the Kenilworth Racecourse.
The J&B Met Hospitality Village can host up to 2500 people . One can wine and dine outdoor at the many picnic spots available. The other option is to simply settle down for the day in the stands available. The venue will have various on-course vendors selling drinks and mixers.
While horse racing enthusiasts review the talent and place bets, party animals can dougie in VIP luxury at the J&B Met Oasis. The exclusive venue offers the best entertainment from top DJs (Like DJ Fresh) and the opportunity to mingle with the celebrities (Like Jeannie D). The sophisticated lounge setting boasts ideal views of the race as well as first-class bars and food vendors. The Oasis Style Pass will allow guests access to reserved parking, entry to the event and includes a sought-after ticket to the official J&B Met Afterparty.
The only hint you’ll get about my outfit. I’m channeling my fellow South African Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsmen