From book and ramp launches to jiving at Jebe Hall

Call the Bay fashion police

What a week! Sheesh, who knew long weekends meant double the work for gossip girls such as myself.
It all started last Friday evening when your girl thought she would swing past business guru Vusi Thembekwayo’s book launch at NMU and, perhaps, catch a tip or two on how to make the most of this mgosi business. From the moment I walked in and saw people had taken out their best suits for the event, I realised I might have taken it all too lightly wearing my cap and takkies ... but then again, who dresses up for a book launch?
The launch saw Bay entrepreneurs such as Thapelo Kuze and DJ Bobzit show up in their numbers to hear what the “Black Dragon” had to say. Skinners can only hope they heard something beyond the author’s twang which had me zoning out every now and then.
Just when I thought I had seen it all with a certain someone’s outfit, she had me be begging the ground to swallow me when she showed up to facilitate Thembekwayo’s send-off breakfast on Saturday morning, wearing a navy dress with a rather visible pink stain on it. As if that was not enough, Thembekwayo himself showed up more than an hour late to his own breakfast, in lime sneakers, sweat pants and a white shirt ... someone please call the fashion police!
Following this trauma, I just had to swing past Shisa African Restaurant in the hopes that the Mandela Bay Fashion Week media launch would attract people with at least some dress sense. While no one really stood out, Skinners did notice that our golden boy Laduma Ngxokolo sure has become, in the words of Siya Kolisi’s female fans, a type. I can’t tell whether it’s because the bank balance is getting fatter or because of the fame – perhaps both! – the brother is glowing.
Because there’s only one of me, my minions had to step in here and there, starting with Vusi Nova’s concert at Nangoza Jebe Hall last Friday night. Now you all know how much the Bay loves its other golden boy, so you best believe they showed up in their numbers. I’m told the venue was a talent hub as the likes of The Soil’s Ntsika Ngxanga, Jessica Mbangeni, Asanda Mqiki and Mthatha’s 047 set the stage on fire. While the concert was mad fun, I do wonder if any of you know a certain Zingisa M, whom, it sounds to me, is convinced he’s famous. My minion tells me this rather confident oke got the shock of his life when she asked him who he was. It seems he may be misinformed about his own fame (or lack thereof). Sorry bro, if Skinners and her minions don’t know you, you’re really not that famous.
I’d love to tell you more, but this girl’s still got some places to go gossip and gobble. Ciao!

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