There are some events in Cape Town that I just don’t want to miss. The sixth annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo at Val de Vie Estate, was one such event. So when the invite landed on our desk, Elzaan and I canceled everything else to attend. I mean, does anything else really trump bottomless Veuve in the sun?
Okay, to be fair, it wasn’t only about the bottomless champagne, or the tiny food. It was an opportunity to dress up and rub shoulders with the who’s who of South Africa on another beautiful day in Africa – Okay fine, it really was about the champagne, Veuve Cliquot has been a long standing favourite of mine since my first sip almost 10 years ago.
The day isn’t just about champagne in the sun, it’s filled with everything from fashion shows, to best dressed competitions and of course the sport of kings.
Official Fashion Partner of the 2016 event, D’oré showcased the thought provoking Vanessa Gounden, Artivism for Breast Cancer collection to some massive applause. Unfortunately, there was nothing for the gents, so no feedback from me. The Best Dressed competition for the day, judged by Elle magazine was another highlight. I didn’t even make teh short list so I must of completely missed the mark on the bold theme (inspired by Veuve Clicquot’s bright yellow label – but more about my outfit later). The Best Dressed Female of the day award went to the acclaimed Isibaya actress, Nomzamo Mbatha. Best Dressed Couple went to Nandi Ndlovu and Buntu Ngcuka, while Best Dressed Male went to blogger and presenter Shiraz Reddy.
In the end the day is however dedicated to Polo. The tournament produced 12 goals, with top national and international players competing. Team Seven Oaks won the opening match – playing for third place in the tournament – against Shimmy Beach Club, while Fifth Chukka representing Veuve Clicquot won with an amazing score of 7 – 3 against One Zone Polo representing Julius Bär in the main game. I don’t get to watch a lot of the sport but when I do It’s always super impressive.
Dressing for the day proved a bit tricky. I’m not really one for bold statements so rather than go with a bright yellow suit, I chose to take a more traditional approach with light pastel colours and bolder details.
The creme coloured linen blazer was by Topman, the white shirt by TM Lewin and the trousers by Ted Baker (available locally at Stuttafords) After a very long session of “match the pocket square” at home I eventually ended on this tie from Bows N Ties and an old neckerchief from ASOS – the little light blue floral lapel pin stuck into the hanky was a little trick I came up with to make that area less bold and to help it tie back to the tie. The final detail was the white lapel flower from Nic Harry Style.
I dont often share the girl behind the lens -though I should cause she’s way better to look at than me- but Elzaan looked amazing in her new Topshop pants and she was just having the best day!
We jut wanted to send a massive thank you to Veuve Clicquot and Vivid Luxury for hosting us, we really did have the best afternoon. If you ever get a chance to attend, I highly recommend you do, there are tickets suited to every budget on the day!
Okay! Stay fancy!