This year’s Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo event at the beautiful Val de Vie estate just outside Paarl certainly did not disappoint. (But I knew it wouldn’t!) No expense was spared to put on a day of ultimate luxury, high fashion and regte egte French bubbly overindulgence… there’s nothing fancier than a real champagne hangover, just so you know.
Now there were rumours going around that Ryk Neethling wasn’t actually going to be able to attend this year’s event. But luckily that turned out to be total nonsense. He was there, he was looking good and he was having a great time:
I did think his interpretation of the “Whimsical chic” dress code was a little strange though… but hey, I wasn’t complaining.
Pretty soon he was just one of the gang really…
Here with Roxanne Cloete from Fairlady and journo & celeb expert, Clayton Morar. I dunno where my friend Siv Ngesi disappeared to in this pic. He was supposed to be there on the right. Hmmm…
We were lucky enough to be rocking the VIP area where we were totally spoilt. Think endless, flowing Veuve Clicquot, big tables with all different kinds of cheeses, yummy charcuterie, fresh fruit and more. Waiters walking around with trays of canapes and sweet treats. A dieter’s nightmare basically.
Oh and ice cream cones, how could I forget the ice cream cones! Bjorn and Darryn downed these babies like naughty children who’d hijacked the ice cream truck:
Clouds also got into the action and even made it look oh-so-fashionable as it kinda matched her beautiful Kobus Dippenaar dress perfectly:
New accessory trend? I like it…
Other people on the scene included this awesome lineup of folks:
Golden ladies on the left: actress Lee-Anne Summers & Top Billing’s Jeannie D; Always fashion perfect couple Kelly Parkhurst & Grant Paul Roy
Luxo blog power couple – Elrico & Ritza. I just loved Ritza’s dress, especially that back. It was designed by Ricci Janse Van Rensburg from CTCFD.
From left to right: Jen Su looking fresh in her slinky grey number and the gorgeous Natalie Becker with friend, Andrew.
Lovely ladies, from left to right: Jasna from Fashionjazz.co.za, Expresso’s Leigh-Anne Williams & Decleor Ambassador Thandi Kupe in a striking Black Cake hat.
Here with actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim who’s just snagged a lead role in new pirate series, Black Sails, which is being shot at the Cape Town Film Studios (you’ve also seen him in Pirates of the Caribbean, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Hotel Rwanda) and then kykNET’s Kia Johnson who was looking striking in bright orange.
As well as designer Hendrik Vermeulen who’s partner (whom he dressed of course) was nominated for best dressed:
Loved that pink & white combo.
And on the topic of fashion, I was totally obsessed with actor Aidan Whytock‘s sunglasses. How cool are these??
I so badly want a pair too… And the glasses & bow tie combo, pure awesome. Love a guy who’s willing to have a bit of fun with fashion.
Entertainment wise we got so check out a fashion show by Jenni Button showing some gorgeous (and I have to say somewhat daring) evening wear:
As well as some great, classic silhouettes by Hilton Weiner:
Oh yes, then of course it being a “Masters Polo” event, there was an actual polo match too:
According to the announcer, this was very exciting match… but I don’t know anything about the game, so won’t even attempt to comment. All I can say is, watching horses running around with the Franschhoek mountains as their backdrop is pretty incredible.
There was also the traditional “stomping of the divots” (which always reminds me of that scene in Pretty Woman):
But I couldn’t join in as I was a bit tied up with a “fan” at the time:
OK OK, that was super cheesy, I know…
All ‘n all, this was a great day out with great people and I have to say a HUGE thank you to the team at Vivid Luxury for putting together such an amazing event and letting me be part of it.
My peeps. I love them.