THE WEEKEND THAT WAS… BOKEH
The last weekend of March found me back in Cape Town for the Mercedes Benz Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival; lets just call it Bokeh.
The festival, held at the opulent 15 on Orange hotel in the heart of the Cape Town CBD, provided a platform for both local and international up and coming talent to showcase their fashion films and design in conjunction with pop-up retail outlets and focused industry talks. For more around the festival read my previous post here.
On the Saturday afternoon I joined fellow bloggers A Fashion Friend, Trend Soiree, Fashionista CT and The Boy on the Park Bench in a panel discussion hosted by the Cape Town Fashion Council, themed “The Power of Fashion Blogging”. The event was well attended with several pertinent issues being debated, particularly around the role and responsibilities of fashion bloggers in promoting local designers. As Bokeh would later showcase, there is by no means a shortage of fashion inspiration available to the local blogging fraternity.
Local fashion talent
At the gala event on the Saturday evening I had the pleasure of being dressed by Luiz DeLaja of local fashion label Ministry 4 Style. During my fitting I fell head over heels for many of the inspiring pieces this label has birthed. The jacket I selected for the event fitted as though it was made just for me. The elegant, tailored lines combined with the vibrant colours and abstract shapes made for an outfit that made me feel like the proverbial million dollars and garnered much attention on the evening as well. It had just returned from being shown at the SA Mens Fashion Week in Joburg the previous week. Give me colour any day, and Luiz did just that – in abundance.
The fashion didn’t stop there. I left the fitting with a new black pin striped jacket, cut along the lines of a denim jacket, made from stretch fabric. So enamoured was I by this find that I canned my planned Friday outfit for the festival and incorporated my new jacket into the final look. You know; when you just know you need to do something.
M4S have some truly inspiring and original items that can easily be combined with more standard store bought staples already in your wardrobe. Selective and inspired matching delivers an overall look that is crisp and fashion forward, while at the same time being inspired by local design. Watch this space for more from the label, as I show you how to do just that. Lets push those preconceived fashion notions and boldly explore new fashion territory!
Glam, glam, glam
Each day-event at Bokeh culminated in a glamourous ‘Oscar-style’ Red Carpet evening, with invited guests inspired to dress for the occasion and clearly showing that there is overwhelming support for high fashion in Cape Town. Upon arrival, guests were calmly introduced to a daunting red carpet walk by host Bailey Schneider, following which local and international media took over and jostled for position to gain the ultimate image and interview.
The Jonny Cooper Big Band accompanied the arrival, and played throughout the night interspersed with the musical genius of renowned international pianist, Joja Wendt, accompanied by floating food, designer canapés and sparkling aperitifs. Fashion, film and big band music made for two memorable, fashion inspired evenings.
Blog ticket giveaway
Leading up to Bokeh, My Lime Boots ran a ticket giveaway for one lucky reader to attend the Saturday gala evening. Esther Filiba was the well-deserved winner and although we missed each other on the evening, she looked stunning in her outfit specially chosen for the glamorous event.
In its second year, Bokeh now comfortably shares the stage with global film festivals including the likes of New York, London, Berlin, Madrid and La Jolla. It also proudly positions Cape Town as the creative fashion hub of sub-Saharan Africa. The festival will be moving to Johannesburg in June 2015 and has become a fixture in my social diary.
M4S photo credits: Simon Deiner / SDR Photo