On Thursday the 4th of September, Johannesburg got to experience the Mercedes Benz Bokeh Fashion Film Festival. It started originally in Cape Town earlier this year, and after being so successful there, we couldn’t leave Joburg out.
Our venue was the very awesome Airbus Helicopter Hanger in Grand Central Airport and in 36 hours, it was completely transformed.
I was very excited to be hosting the red carpet and MC the evening. My social media company BS Media was handling all the social media and I was so happy that Stephanie could assist me in Tweeting and keeping Facebook up to date whilst I was on stage.
Fundudzi by Craig Jacobs dressed me for the evening. I felt hotter than Heidi Klum in this new dress from his collection and incredibly comfortable. I love dresses that make me feel confident and sexy and not ones where I feel like I constantly have to suck in or fiddle with the dress. I loved the colours too – perfect for Spring. I am having a love affair with yellow lately and one of my favourite colours is watermelon/coral colour. If you look closely, the yellow details are modelled on our South African flag.
To complete the look, I wore my snake skin Louboutin’s – the most incredible gift from Karolina. Best BFF ever.
Am I the only one who feels seriously guilty for wearing them? I don’t want to ruin the red sole!
Ghd styled my hair, I seriously need the new Eclipse – it looks and feels amazing! The brilliant Zina Rotherham and MAC Cosmetics did my make up and I was ready to go.
Everyone arrived looking gorgeous and dapper! They walked our long red carpet for the press and we also had various Fashion Designers showcase their ranges, arranged by the Cape Town Fashion Council
|Fundudzi by Craig Jacobs|
|Joel Janse Van Vuuren|
|Designer: Tzvi Karp|
Once inside, we helped ourselves to delicious Protea Fire and Ice Hotel Milkshakes, TRUTH coffees, Aqua Panna waters, Ashbourne wines and Ginger Grouse!
|Sorry for the grainy photo|
We had the lovely queen, Genevieve LeCoq sing for us…
There were gorgeous Mercedes Benz’s on display, a fabulous body painted model and a real life photo shoot taking place for a magazine cover… It was all happening!
The awards created by industrial designer, Chris Jones, was also on display in an impressively large sculpture. The sculpture comes apart and becomes individual awards. So impressive.
I started the proceedings, introduced the Festival Director, Adrian Lazarus who made a speech and introduced Selvin Govender, Divisional Manager, Product and Marketing for Mercedes-Benz Cars.
I then asked everyone to turn their attention to the HiSense HD screens where we watched the fashion films that had won awards in Cape Town earlier this year. I swear the screens are so crisp and clear, I felt like if I had to reach out, I’d actually touch the models in the film.
Some of the photo’s are grainy from the darkness, so I apologise.
The night wasn’t over after the fashion films finished… Suddenly Pharrel William’s “Happy” came on and in came the dancers from Primi World with a happy dance and yummy pizza.
It was such a great night of fashion and fashion films and I’m looking forward to doing it all over again next year.
Photographs are my own and some are from Simon Deiner (taken from the Facebook page)