I mentioned last week that the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate is one of a few events that I really do look forward to every year.
Well I’m happy to report that this year certainly did not disappoint. My feet are still sore (my one baby toe in fact will never be the same again) and it took quite a few Myprodols to get me through the day yesterday. But boy did I have one hell of a party… so I’ll take my battle scars like a man.
First off I have to say that I thought the General Admission area was really impressive this year. There were lot’s of cool chill spots, bars and splenty of seating making it a pretty amazing place to be:
But I was extra lucky to also have access to the VIP Stud Club baby!
Where the drinks were flowing…
The selection of food ensured you put some serious strain on your dress…
And you had a front row seat to all the horsing action:
Not that I can actually tell you what went down and who won etc. Hehe.
We even had a lovely team of Elizabeth Arden angels who were on hand to ensure you were looking fresh all day long and to spoil you with awesome product samples.
Really, what more could a girl want?
Now let’s talk people on the scene and what they were wearing daaahlings… First up we have besties Leigh & Clouds. Leigh was looking stunning in a royal blue peplum number from YDE and Clouds was striking in a white lace number made, get this, by her mum (lucky girl):
Journo Clayton Morar was looking fab in a bowtie & shirt from Woolies and hat from Edgars:
The lovely Leigh-Anne Williams from Expresso was dressed by Kluk with a headpiece from The Little Hattery:
Her beautiful clutch bag was a gift, so she’s not sure where it’s from, but I loved it so much it needed an honourable mention regardless:
Gorgeous couple Kelly Parkhurst & Grant Paul Roy (who recently got married – congrats again guys!) were looking amazing as always. Kelly was wearing a Tiffany blue dress by Forever New paired with a white jacket from Zara. Their lovely friend Kata (on the left below) was wearing a dress & hat designed by herself:
Grant was feeling very bummed that the ladies got all the attention while he was rocking R4000 riding boots from Paris which were not getting the shine they very certainly deserved. So let’s all take a moment to take in their awesomeness:
Regular lady on the scene, Jen Su was look gorgeous in Pallu, one of her favourite go-to labels:
It was also very cool to see her wearing a Crystal Creations bracelet just like the one I was gifted a while back:
Decleor Ambassador, Thandi Kupe, definitely stood out with her Chloe Rice dress all the way from New York and bespoke Black Cake hat:
That hat definitely deserves a close up:
Newly crowned Miss South Africa, Marilyn Ramos (who’s an absolute sweetheart btw) was wearing Anele Botha:
Associated Magazines PR intern & PE expat like myself, Bongani, was looking very slick in CSquared paired with a beaded neckpiece from Capetonian Roxanne Kalie’s ButtonNut range:
The beauiful Jo-Ann Strauss was clearly having fun in her flowy Stefania Morland number:
KykNet’s Kia Johnson was up for best hat & best dressed. Her hat’s from The Little Hattery and her dress from Victor K Designs:
Talking about best dressed nominees, I was very excited when the prize for best dressed went to Ritza van Rensburg who was styled Elrico Bellingan from Luxo.co.za. I absolutely love these two and therefore they’ve become regulars here on My Love Affair with Cape Town.
Ritza was channeling Jackie O with a Staci van Rooi design (she’s from the Cape Town College of Fashion Design), vintage sunglasses and royal blue heels by YDE:
Oh and Elrico was rocking Zara
I loved all the attention to detail, from her amazing hair by Marios Hair to her golden finger tips:
A well deserved win for sure. (Check out Luxo’s coverage of the event over here)
The judging panel was made up of the boys from Kluk CGDT, TV/radio personality Elana Afrika and model & entrepreneur Shashi Naidoo. The judges also shined on the day with Shashi Naidoo looking very elegant in a dress from Alice & Olivia from Saks Fith Avenue:
Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel du Toit from Kluk CGDT had some fun with their sunnies. Malcolm’s was from ACNE and Christiaan’s from Paul Smith:
And recently engaged Elana Afrika was also wearing a Kluk design:
Which she told us was hand stitched by Malcolm, down to her flower headband:
Oooh and then I didn’t get these guys’ names but I just loooooved their great vintage looks:
Friends, the “Ou bros”, were looking very suave. Benny (on left below and official #BowTieFriday ambassador) was wearing a bow tie from Robert Daniel, shirt all the way from Taiwan and shorts from Woolies. Joe (on right below) was wearing a jacket & pants from Zara, shirt from Robert Daniel and tie from Woolies.
Now here’s some other peeps who I didn’t ask who they were wearing (cause the champers had started kicking in at that point ) – but still looked amazing regardless
Clockwise from top left: Funny man Marc Lottering, style guru Duncan Pape from Style360.co.za and his lovely friend Ernst, TV mogul Alan Ford and Lifeissavage.com creator, Dylan Savage.
Clockwise from top left: Nicolas Thoenen – CEO of Lindt & Sprungli South Africa (a guy who sells fine chocolate – every girl’s dream!), former TV personality Omesh Authar and Galia Kerbel from Greater Than PR.
Right, so I think that covers all the needed mentions. Meanwhile back at “Club Champers” things started off all lady like, like so:
But quickly spiralled into this:
So with all that “new energy” we decided to venture out in search of the main dance floor… En route we found this guy who matched Leigh’s neon accent look so perfectly:
Ag sweet man… great minds and all that.
And once we found the dance floor we settled in, dancing the night away thanks to DJ Lora and after her, DJ Fresh. Things became a little hazy after about
5pm 8pm, but from these pics it’s clear we continued having an absolute blast:
Party animals to the end…
Well done to the CSA PR team for coordinating such an amazing bash. This remains a top event in my book for sure. Here’s to doing it all again next year…