When Glamour SA editor-in-chief Pnina Fenster asked if I wanted to be featured in the April issue, my heart skipped a beat. You know she’s my girl crush, right? The brief was to show a non-red carpet event outfit which I felt most glamorous in.
Without hesitation, I catapulted images and a blurb of a RuffTung jumpsuit I wore back in 2016 to her. Little did I know, the entire issue, Pnina’s last for Glamour SA, would be an ode to South African fashion and design, and that my fave RuffTung designers would grace the cover. I couldn’t make this up even if I tried. Take a look.
The event I had attended was the SA Dressage Championships at the Stellenbosch District Riding School at the invitation of Cape Town’s favourite restauranteur, Peter Weetman from Societi Bistro. He had recently rejoined the dressage community and invited a few friends and regular bistro patrons to enjoy a relaxed, indulgent affair. My partner was Duncan Pape, a good friend, my most ardent fashion critic and less enthusiastic photographer.
The RuffTung SS16 ‘Dragon Print’ jumpsuit I wore had debuted at the Pure Tradeshow in London and was then shown at AFI SA Fashion Week. This collection was their first collaboration with South African illustrator Gordon Ross who had created the prints for their fabrics.
No one was more surprised than I when my outfit came together as it was the first time I’d made an effort to style myself – challenging as I normally don’t prep for an event ahead of time. My usual event routine is work all day, rush to the office bathroom, pull on something I had thrown into a bag that morning, and go! Somehow, this one was different.
I had seen the jumpsuit weeks before and fell in love immediately. All other accessories fell into place beautifully, even the mirrored sunglasses which were a first for conservative me.
I loved everything about the outfit as it was event appropriate – which Duncan always insist on. It was stylish enough for a horsey event without being OTT, fussy or frilly and the colours were absolutely beautiful. Above all, it was super comfortable considering we had to walk across sand to get to the marque and use porti loos to freshen up. At no point during the day did I have to pull, lift, straighten or hitch up any part of the garment. I felt confident and comfortable and I think it showed on the pics. Photos never lie. PS: Gus, the beautiful horse I’m photographed with had won the event – his last as he retired thereafter. Such a gentle soul.
Ok, enough about me. Let’s talk about the Glamour issue, Pnina’s swan’s song of love to South African fashion.
Rufftung pretty much owns the issue, featured in a treasure trove of spreads directed by SA doyenne of wow! Cathy Steed. There’s an article by my darling friend Cyril Naicker on his role in The Fashion Revolution and why we should buy SA fashion while trend analyst Nicola Cooper shares confessions from the Front Row at Fashion Week. There are actresses, bloggers, singers, ex Miss SA! It’s insane how many glamorous local women can be jam-packed into one issue.
The Glamour SA April issue is the only guide you need to support local fashion and will serve you for years to come. Supporting ‘Buy SA’ has never been easier, so get the mag now!
Thank you to the beautiful Pnina Fenster and her gift of love to SA design, and to my darlings Bridget and Ludwig of RuffTung. Gawd, I love ’em to the moon and back. Finally, congratulations to Cathy Steed who’ll temporarily take the reins as Glamour SA editor until a permanent appointment is announced. We want it to be her!
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