I was at an event a while ago, and a friend said to me: “I know I’m at the right event if you are here.” To be honest, why should I waste my time as a guest to a poor and mediocre event? I’m not saying I want to join the Linda Evangelista & Christy Turlington club, but I’d rather stay home watching the latest episode of Real Housewives of New York City. However, what will pull me out of bed less than $10000 is – a well curated guest list of interesting, dynamic, beautiful, fun people; catering that not only is delicious, but is well presented and coherent with the theme of the event; a soundtrack that enhances the energy of the venue provided by a DJ that feeds off the mood of the guests; decor that is makes you go “WOW! Did they really import peonies for tonight’s event?” and most of all attention to detail.
Thursday night’s soireé, checked off all of these boxes for me, and in addition I got to meet handsome Brazilian doctors (South America for 2019 anyone?). Madame Clicquot (in absentia) hosted Joburg’s elite and illustrious that dressed in their hues of rosé to celebrate the 200th year of it’s Veuve Clicquot’s Rosé creation. That milestone in it’s self is major!
Located at a luxury boutique hotel in Inanda; Hoeveld House is inviting yet private at the same time. Esteemed guests were greeted with a flute of Veuve Clicquot Rosé each, and touches of pink roses, hydrangeas, orchids and peonies filled – what felt like – Madame Clicquot’s French boudoir. Complimenting the champagne was the French tunes from Edith Piaf, to the ever so popular Stromae hit “Alors On Danse”, which DJ Soosh mixed so well. I caught Boity Thulo as the subject of a paparazzi frenzy looking magnificent in a Louboutin-Red lace gown from Plush Boutique. She was still elated from her 28th birthday celebration in Cape Town and how she wouldn’t have spent it in any other way. It was her first year that she had an intimate dinner with close friends at Nobu, whereas in the past she has thrown a party at Taboo Nightclub. Speaking of which, every single time I see Chris Coutroulis & Vanessa Carriera-Coutroulis, they are the warmest and kindest couple on earth. They gave many tips for my upcoming trip to the Mykonos Island this year, which I have made several mental notes. Then of course, the belle of the ball Nomzamo Mbatha – who is not only beautiful, but smart too (recent UCT graduate with a BCom Accounting) lit up the room with her energy and laughter. Enter – Lerato Kgamanyane, in an ensemble by Pretoria based designer Ipssy, which made every head in the room turn. A sexy pink ballerina with edge – The Pink Swan. Our interaction in the corner of the room during the hustle and bustle, went something like this:
TH: So…who are you? What’s your story? *sips champagne*
LK: Hi! I’m Lerato. I’m the founder of Hellen Rose. What’s your name?
TH: Thulane. You are my best dressed tonight. But you can’t eat in that dress! I don’t want to catch you eating in that dress. You are magnificent!
LK: *giggles* Thank you. I won’t.
Later, I did catch her eating in that dress, and it was elegant. Segway into more elegant people – Melody & Tshepo Molale are absolute couple goals! She is stunning and he nailed the dress code better than any gentleman there, that night! And of course, the attentive staff made sure, that while I was devouring oysters, my glass was always filled with the celebratory 200th Anniversary drink. But a celebration would not be complete without not one, but a three layered birthday cake, which apparently was delicious (I didn’t have any…Mykonos…gay body dysmorphia). Madame Clicquot would’ve been proud, not of the me skipping out on a slice, but of the entire French affair.
Joyeux Anniversaire Veuve Clicquot Rosé!
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