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Guess celebrates 30 years in style
An invitation to Guess 30th Anniversary celebration got me excited for many reasons. The main source for the anticipation was the fact that I love fashion. Even though I may not be a fashionista, per se. And Guess have always been in the forefront when it comes to setting trends for those who love good, urban clothing. On Thursday, 10 May 2012, all roads led to Hope School in Westcliff for the private anniversary event to celebrate 30 years of nothing but the best in fashion and lifestyle.
When we arrived in the vicinity of the venue, the tens and tens of cars let us know that we were in for quite a night. We would have walked for about a kilometre (that’s how long the queue of parked cars on each side of the street must have been), but luckily, golf carts were provided to pick us up to the spot where it all went down. A positive, in my books, in terms of organisation.
The relaxed manner in which the registration desk was set up was certainly another favourable trait of the event. And even more interesting was the Facebook application they ran, whereby your access tag was linked to the event’s Facebook page allowing you to tag your photos taken on the night (there was a designated photographer to pose for after registration).
As we entered the structurally-erected marque, donned with vibrant decor, there was a bevy of people already mingled. Some stood beside the two bars, whilst others helped themselves to the assortment of foods displayed all over the reception area. Behind a wall in between the two bars was the ramp where models would strut their stuff. On either side of the ramp were lounge chairs, as well as bar-type of tables and stools.
After enjoying the food from the buffet, I scanned the marquee for familiar faces. And then I began snapping away. In between I caught up with some people I haven’t seen in a while, as well as exchanging pleasantries with those I’d seen just that week at the Trace Sports launch. Come to think of it, that event and this one here are two of the best events I’ve attended this year.
It wasn’t long before an announcement was made for the guests to take their seats and get ready for the fashion show. The music started pumping and the models began walking the ramp in the freshest threads of the season. I loved majority of the clothes, things I could wear from the men’s range, and some I’d definitely like to see my better half rocking from the women’s line. One of the highlights though was seeing kids walk donning clothing from Guess Kids. Those kids were so adorable.
There were two musical breaks where the ramp was set free for two bands to perform. One was a black lady (I don’t know what her name is) who sang and played a guitar. The other was a duo of of white guys, also playing guitars and singing. It provided a nice balance between the fashion and another type of entertainment.
After the fashion show, people continued to mingle and enjoy drinks at the bar. I also continued snapping away with my camera. It was truly a fantastic event filled with amazing people, fantastic fashion, and scrumptious food and drinks. The organisation and production were top notch. What made it even more special were the goodie bags we were handed as we left. Happy 30th Anniversay, Guess. Here’s to another 30 years. And oh, I’m looking forward to using that voucher enclosed in the goodie bag.
Below are the photos of some celebrities and guest I spotted.
Renowned stylist Dumi Gwebu with a model whose name escapes me.
DJ Cleo with the beautiful Eda Rose. What Cleo whispered to me before I took the photo?! WOW! Raises so many questions that I won’t get into.
Ningi Mhinga with a friend. Ningi and I joked about not seeing each other for a while then bumping into each other twice in one week. He was also at the Trace gig.
The tired looking AKA seemed excited to see me rocking a Head Honcho hoodie.
The talented television presenters Dineo and Sade. I’ve been hearing some murmurs that Dineo is a singer and she’s gearing for an album release soon. I think I actually did get an inkling of her singing when she interviewed Eric Benet for an episode of her show, O Access. But we’ll hear what she has to offer.
I caught Lee-Anne as she was leaving with her husband. I saw a video for one of her songs on TV the other day. The whole beach vibe, with wet hair and moist body reminded me an awful lot of Tamia. Where’s the originality?
Otelo Burning co-stars Jafta Mamabolo and Nolwazi Shange came late. Arriving together with the couple Bianca Miles and Bhubesi, they told me they had been “Otelo Burning.” Like I’ve been saying on Twitter for a while now, I’m impressed and proud of the manner in which they have gotten involved with promoting their film.
Metro FM and club DJ Naves was there looking rather homeless in that get up.
You don’t see GQ Associate Editor Simphiwe Mpye in many events so it was good to see a fresh face. That’s probably why he asked me who I was taking pictures for.
Another person I haven’t seen in a while was actress and model Carmel Fisher.
5FM and club jock C-Live was there with his lady. How sweet that his shirt matches the lady’s handbag? Or the other way around.
Yo-TV‘s Selae Thobakgale and 5FM‘s Roxy Burger were there.
Soccer player Kaizer Motaung Jnr, with his date. I had never had en encounter with him before, but he seemed like a cool dude.
Channel O presenter and model Weza. It seems being on Big Brother helped her get some fame, she’s everywhere these days.
I’d actually never seen Zizo Beda wearing pants until this night. And she rocks a pair of jeans! Looks very refreshing.
Khanyi Mbau and beau Tebogo Lerole of Kwela Tebza arrived as we were leaving. I guess they attended another function prior to this one. I can’t imagine getting into an event or party when everybody else is leaving. Actually, I can. Oh well.
Please check out some photos of the models strutting their stuff in Guess below. The fashion show comprised men’s and women’s range, as well as kid’s gear. For men and women there was everything from swimwear to casual threads. There was also cocktail wear that doubled as evening wear.