Touched by angels and the who’s who

WITH biscuit taffeta overlays and shimmering centrepieces of wire-beaded rhinos finished off with cactus, coupled with food fit for royalty, socialites descended on the fair grounds of Lake de la Vie.

The occasion? The launch of the Royalston Estate development outside Port Elizabeth also served as a fundraiser for rhino conservation – and your gossip girl cracked the nod.

From the caviar canapes to the lamb shank phyllo pie and sticky pudding, Skinnerbek had to watch her figure.

Organiser Michelle Campbell, who looked exquisite in a little black dress finished off with a black and white jacket, really went to town with the guest list, which included a who’s who of the city and beyond.

Hosts for the evening, Gino Fabbri and Algoa FM’s Carol-Ann Kelleher, kept us informed and entertained – they are a fire and ice duo the way they feed off each other. Fashionable guests included Jane Stevenson, a hot makoti in yellow and brown isishweshwe. She told me it was from her days of the Treasure or Trash shop, proving once again that old adage.

Liz Prins was in a lilac dress finished off with a new hairdo and Natasha Willis splurged on a figure-hugging Heinz in Style black and bling dress.

If you’ve got it, flaunt it! Way to go sisters.

Buli G and Siya Mfundisi made a great pair after arriving quite late at the event – at least they were dressed properly. Tardiness is so last season, dahlings – my fellow socialites, buy wristwatches.

You have to love the face of the development. The delicious and well-spoken Nick Howcroft is a fine brother – but relax ladies, he is already spoken for. However, the eye candy was not in short supply thanks to the delicious guys from the Mr PE contest. And Jason Hartman sure knows how to get a party going – the man really rocked and the next morning I was tingling in muscles I never knew existed.

Jace, I know you have artistic licence to thrill – but you can only take chinos and a T-shirt so far, babes.

The Businesswomen’s Association (BWA) held their annual Regional Business Achievers Awards at the Boardwalk Hotel and Convention Centre.

The event raised the roof with not only accolades for the 18 finalists and six category winners, but with the charm of guest speaker, South African icon and businesswoman Yvonne “Princess of Africa” Chaka Chaka, who also performed a song about women off her 22nd album.

There was also the stylish grace of BWA national president Liepollo Pheko. Both women travelled from Johannesburg and they raved about the event. Fashions were gorgeous – Buli G and Di-Anne Qoto were both winners working the traditional look – the food was amazing and the energy of more than 300 incredible women was palpable.

Of course, the night couldn’t end without the girls (and some guys) doing the bus-stop to Lady Soul – a dance now traditionally linked with Michelle Brown. Cheers to women empowerment and recognition – Michelle and the BWA girls, you outdid yourselves.

Going out these days is quite a mission because of the chilly weather. But anyway, last Saturday, Skinnerbek was at the gospel festival at Nangoza Jebe Hall in New Brighton.

It was in honour of Toto Ndabambi who was involved in an accident in 2008, but has been sent from pillar to post by the Road Accident Fund.

Ndabambi came with his wife and two kids and the gospel groups and artists gave their all. But presenter of the KQfm show Ezakwantu, Sthyilelo Bontsi, made a mampoer of himself, telling everyone who cared to listen that he was Bontsi from KQfm. Yeah, we get it, Bontsi.

I was tempted to call the fashion police to have him arrested for the oversized white suit he was wearing.

Dahling, let your job do the talking for you!

Moving right along, I was truly touched by the spirit of giving shown by the people. And the elderly women in their red and black church uniforms danced like angels.

Thank you to Danny Mongo and Nomthunzi Vuza who made this show possible.

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