OMG doesn’t even cover it. But what would you expect from a brand borne of a 40 year old collaboration between Louis Vuitton, Moët & Chandon and Hennessy? Fancy Schmancy comes to mind. And that’s exactly what my night was all about.
The new Orphanage is an extension of what you’ve come to know and love. And a bit more. Downstairs is all dark and sexy.
Upstairs, the look for the evening was a slick, sexy white winter wonderland with decor inspired by the Belvedere’s signature white trees.
Oh looksie, I blended in perfectly wearing a white one-shoulder number by Beautiful Maverick. Pure fluke btw but I was happy;-)
To continue the theme, Two cocktails were created by sexy mixologist Nick Koumbarakis, The Alchemist just for the evening. Food pairing accompanied each. The softer Belvedere Pure Angels’ Innocence accompanied steamed crayfish with scallion mayonnaise on a toasted buttered bun.
A bit of kick came with the Belvedere Intense Dark Storm; tuna tartar and sesame seed sprinkle on a wasabi & Nori omelette or smoked Springbok carpaccio and micro greens on puff squares, drizzled with a balsamic reduction. Gotta love gourmet canapés.
The guest list was equally impressive. Designer Kobus Dippenaar made rare but welcome appearance on the social scene with a promise to continue doing so. (yay!). Remember he dressed me for the SA Style Awards. Darling Natalie Becker was there with her good friend, Alfonso; eTV’s Tanya Nefdt who’s more fun than a complimentary case of bubbles, recently appointed City Press journo Clay Morar , my ladies Karisa and Leigh.
Also loved chatting to choreographer and fabulousness personified Didi Moses. And what else can one say about power couple Elrico & Ritza but, wow!
Then I was totally surprised to see lifestyle a property mogul Anthony Smith who I met at the Jacques Legrange preview last month. We had to cancel a coffee date because of a public holiday so is was a nice surpass seeing him and his darling partner Norman. Love you boys.
So as you can see, this was a seriously high end party. Even tho it was hot as hell inside and my make up ran like xxx.
If you’re wondering if all this is too much, I’d have to say no. Get chatting and you’ll find out they’re all real people who simply enjoy the finer things in life – like the Bentley Anthony had just bought. He’d better let me drive that puppy one day… failing which I may have to settle for the slick red one outside.
Back home, The Chosen One observed on the possibility of the those wheels being a Ferrari F340 Spider. (Clever man, I would’ve just called it a red sports car)
Dear Santa, I would give up carbs for the rest of my life, if one of these were parked under my Christmas tree. I, too, enjoy the finer things in life like Belvedere Vodka and any party hosted by Vivid Luxury.
Cheers to a good Summer, style lovers.
love & light
PS: Pop over to Leigh’s blog post about the evening for the Intense Dark Storm cocktail recipe and for more of what happened to her later that eve.
Photo credit: All pics my own unless otherwise captioned.