On 3 November we attended the Glamour Women of the Year 2018 Awards at the ridiculously big Mall of Africa. The dress code for the event was , cocktail chic. The awards are in their 9th year and celebrate South African women who are making a mark in the world by driving positive change in their respective fields.
“They are change-makers, trailblazers and inspirational. This is a pivotal time for women’s voices, and GLAMOUR not only believes in the collective force of women, but encourages solidarity and active contribution of diverse women in today’s society,” says Glamour SA editor-in-chief Asanda Sizana.
10 women were awarded that evening including the legendary Doreen Morris who walked away with the Icon award and Connie Ferguson who received the TV and Film award .
Accepting her award , Ferguson thanked Glamour magazine for celebrating them while they are still alive. “It’s very important to celebrate people while they are still alive. I was telling someone that if Glamour gave me an award when I’m dead, I was going to haunt them.”
Morris is one of the remaining legends in the South African media industry who worked and carved her career during apartheid. She tells of how difficult it was for black people to work in media during that time of harsh and inhuman segregation. “We only made R60 which after tax and all the other bills was nothing. We didn’t have sponsors so we had to pay for our own stylists and outfit of the day. I’ll be at work for 8 hours but didn’t have a bathroom to use. For us it was not about the money, it was about being a pioneer and removing the obstacles so that women of today can walk freely,” says the inspirational Morris.
And pave the way they did . Things have changed even though there still more that needs to be done.
You can’t celebrate women and not include the beauty and garments they were to their celebration. The dress code for the event was cocktail chic and many got the translation correct.
Celebrating women together with the opposite sex. We love this suit and as much as it’s way over the top for cocktail chic, I guess for men, they are too limited to suits. The worse that could have happened was him wearing jeans. ……So this translation of the dress code is perfect for males. The shoes could have been black though just to keep the common color theme in his outfit .
Asanda Sizana wears an African print a-line dress that celebrates the diversity of South Africa. We love the mixture of print and the red shoes. There’s no better way to seduce the evening than with red shoes .
You can never go wrong with a red dress. The lady in red translated the dress code on theme with the event. Her dress says “I’m a boss lady, I’m sexy and chic , give me a cocktail now “ …We also like the black dress and the slits.
It’s Spring and bright colors are the in thing. Mustard is currently the colour of the season and toning it down with black shoes is the right stylish way to do it. Over the shoulder coats are very chic. Floor length pants are also in this season. Just make sure to wear them with high heels so you won’t trip on the fabric when you walk.
Wear your floral dress at every event that has chic on the dress code and you won’t go wrong. Avoid wearing long floral dresses though because you will look like you are going to the beach. Try to keep it above the knee and show some leg. …also avoid platform heels. Platform heels are a crime against humanity .
A blazer dress is a trend that has been around for 3 years now and it’s going nowhere. Make sure to get one that is tailor fitted to avoid looking like you are wearing an overzised blazer. Get one that is double breasted if you don’t feel like showing cleavage.
The slit is a perfect go to sexy trend. Make sure it’s not open up to the private parts because that can ruin your evening. Show a thigh but keep it classy.
An all black outfit is a safe zone . Karl Lagerfield is one the icons who have mastered the art of wearing black only and still make it look on trend and classic. He has inspired many . We love the combo here more especially the embroidery on the blazer.
Photography: Dart Photography