Archive for September, 2012

September 28, 2012

ard matthews & friends charity concert 2012

Ard Matthews and Friends, Arno Carstens, Jeannie D, Tracy McGregor, Lisa Cowley, Ross Learmonth (by Denzil Jacobs)

Last night the Upper Eastside Hotel in Cape Town played host to the annual Ard Matthews and Friends Charity Concert including Arno Carstens, Zolani (lead singer for Freshly Ground), Ross Learmonth (lead singer for Prime Circle) and more. Lead singer of the acclaimed band Just Jinjer Ard Matthews has been at the forefront of this concert for the past 2 years and this year the funds raised through ticket sales will go to a trust called “We The Good People”. A charitable cause founded by Ard along with two other trustees, Alistair Hargreaves (Springbok/Sharks Lock) and Sean Temple (owner of Flux Motion Kettle Bell Gym). Along with the MC for the evening, Radio Personality Guy McDonald, guests at the event included TV Personality Jeannie D, Model Tracy McGregor, Model Kerry McGreggor, Model Lisa Cowley, SA Celebrity Expert Clayton Morar and Radio Personality Tammy B. Fans were treated to an intimate performance and a special duet of “Blue Eyes” by Arno and Ard.

Ard Matthews and Friends, Arno Carstens, Jeannie D, Zolani (Freshly Ground) (by Denzil Jacobs)

Find out more about We The Good People at

Special thanks to The Little Black Book.

September 26, 2012

fornarina spring/summer collection 2012

Fornarina Spring Summer 2012 Collection

Feminine and sophisticated, the Fornarina Spring/Summer 2012 collection expresses the brand’s lightest and most sensual attitude, and leaves plenty of independence to the couturier’s imagination, translating to precious items resulting from great care for details and a mix or craftsmanship and design. The collections inspires a lifestyle revolving around distinctive fashion and dress-up imagery, the clothes are impalpable and precious; the target woman is self-aware and independent, always careful to express her femininity with taste and character. A collection of fancy pattern and full color themes feature treated macro patters to personalize dresses and tops with Japan or botany-inspired flowery all-overs and prints that give a fresh and exotic touch to the collection. Photographic and CMYK prints convey a precious look while delicate watercolor shades are reproduced on tops, trousers and jackets.

Colour, a sophisticated style and quality material, know how and technology innovation are the key features to the Fornarina 2012 Spring Summer Shoe collection. Fornarina’s original mood, coloured and multi-shaped, is expressed with a number of textures echoing inspirations from the fifties, sophisticated arty details, oriental patterns and ironic polka dots. Opposed to the first concept as expressed by the prints, the second collection range stands out for the use of finishes and use of materials with specific techniques, such as laser processing or a different use of mesh, stones and details taken from the military style.

See more about Fornarina Spring Summer 2012 collection, including apparel and shoes at or visit ShopHL61, Upper Retail level, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg (011-6841704).

Special thanks to Clayton Morar Media.

September 19, 2012

kanye west to celebrate kim kardashian’s birthday in style

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West

To celebrate girlfriend Kim Kardashian‘s 32nd birthday next month, rapper Kanye West has reportedly pulling out all the stops with presents. Could he be planning a $1million trip with their friends to a private island? This would be her first birthday with West who has already (reportedly) surprised her with a gifts including a made-to-order special edition Prada bag, lined in a KK print and a snowball white teacup Persian kitten.

September 18, 2012

mariah carey, nicki minaj & keith urban ‘american idol’ judges

American Idol, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest

Last Sunday saw the start of the new season of American Idol auditions as Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban join Randy Jackson on the judging panel. “What I want to be is honest and someone that the contestants can look to for guidance,” said Mariah Carey on the first day of auditions. Rapper Nicki Minaj says that it will be fun if people audition with her music and adds, “We’ll have fun, the Barbs are gonna be watching, it’s gon’ be poplin’.” Excited to have Mariah on the judging panel, Randy Jackson says, “I’m so excited she’s here, because I mean, more than half these girls that walk in want to be her.” Hoping that his judging skills will be authentic, country singer Keith Urban mentioned that he had entered a few similar shows to this when he was young in Australia, and recalls being torn apart by a judge and hopes not to be that kind of a judge but “I think we also need to know really truthfully what we’re doing right and wrong,” said Urban. “I’m excited that we’ve all gotten together, that we’ve gotten everyone to say yes they’ve onboard. We’re of to a good start,” added show presenter, Ryan Seacrest.

September 18, 2012

introducing belvedere vodka pure

belvedere vodka pure

An edgy luxury Vodka, Belvedere Vodka Pure (Original) known to associate internationally with top music artists; like holding an exclusive launch event to introduce Lady Gaga‘s new album at the famous Annabel’s in London or sponsoring Usher’s private dinner in South Africa in March 2012. Belvedere also likes to associate with high-end fashion events and cutting edge art. Representing the pinnacle of the Polish vodka-making tradition, Belvedere is distilled exclusively from the finest 100% Dankowskie Gold Rye and quadruple distilled to create the perfect balance of character and purity. Completely additive-free and diluted with water from Belvedere’s own artesian well, this is a vodka which combines over 600 years of vodka producing expertise with an uncompromising commitment to quality and heritage. Belvedere has one of the best finishes in the vodka market. The smooth and clean taste is very consistent throughout the experience. The beautifully designed bottle showcases the Belvedere Palace, former home to Polish royalty and dignitaries. The unique magnifying effect of the Palace along with snow trees surrounding it is an iconic masterpiece.

Special thanks to Vivid Luxury.

September 17, 2012

photoshoot with levi strauss

Denzil Jacobs Photography Mode (Levi Strauss Co) 01
Denzil Jacobs Photography Mode (Levi Strauss Co) 02

Special Thanks to Protea Hotels Fire & Ice & Levi Strauss (South Africa).

September 16, 2012

“entertaining at hamilton russell vineyards” book launch

Olive Hamilton Russell, Entertaining at Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Anthony Hamilton Russell

Last thursday night I attended the launch of Olive Hamilton Russell‘s new book, “A Year on a Cape Wine Estate – Entertaining at Hamilton Russell Vineyards” at the luxurious Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town. It was a spectacular evening of Hamilton Russell Wines and canapés reinterpreted from recipes in Olive’s new book. Guests included fashion designer, Warrick Gautier, Marina Nestel and Henri Slier to name a few. Olive, married to Anthony Hamilton Russell, proprietor of Hamilton Russell Vineyards which was awarded “Top Achiever” and “Wine Cellar of the Year” for 2012 at the South African Wine Index (SAWi), personally autographed books available at the event as guests indulged in great conversation and company. Olive has developed and adapted recipes to showcase the best local produce incorporating seasonal and indigenous ingredients from the surrounding fields, orchards, vineyards and seas. “A Year on a Cape Wine Estate – Entertaining at Hamilton Russell Vineyards” follows the seasons, beginning with spring and each month contains a complete menu, with a starter, main course, side dishes, and dessert.

With superb photography and inspired design, this is a book for lovers of fine cuisine, wonderful wine and anyone who wants to ‘taste’ the winelands of the Cape and is currently available to purchase at Exclusive Books and other leading book stores.

September 12, 2012

blake lively & ryan reynolds’ surprise wedding

Blake Lively marries Ryan Reynolds

Gossip Girl star Blake Lively married movie star Ryan Reynolds last Sunday in a secret ceremony at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina where “The Notebook” was filmed. The gorgeous bride walked down the aisle in a one-of-a-kind Marchesa bridal ballgown with hand-draped silk tulle bodice adorned with custom crystal and rose gold embroidery designed by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig. The groom reportedly wore a specially made Burberry suit with custom leather suspenders designed by Christopher Bailey. The lovebirds reportedly exchanged wedding rings by Lorraine Schwartz (a New York jeweler). Blake, 25, and Ryan, 35, met while filming “Green Lantern” together in 2011 and have been dating about a year. Just before her marriage to Reynolds, Blake reported mentioned that she is ready for a family “I’ve always wanted a big family,” says Lively. Congratulations to the beautiful newly-wed couple!

September 12, 2012

mariah carey stays “triumphant” at the 2012 nfl kick-off

Mariah Carey, Triumphant, Live at 2012 NFL KickOff

Fashionably late, Mariah Carey performed her latest single, “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill at the 2012 NFL Season kick-off last week. With a whimsical black and white video of Mariah singing to her new hit single on the way to the venue, Rick Ross and Meek Mill did their thing before Mrs Cannon graced the stage with a spectacular entrance wearing a curve-hugging glittery ensemble.

September 8, 2012

louis vuitton introduce city guides 2013

Louis Vuitton, Introducing City Guides 2013

As adventure can be found on any street corner in any city – whether a financial capital or a culturally rich town – Louis Vuitton shares its passion for travel and city life in the pages of its City Guide series, whose thousands of addresses have been revealing the soul of cities since 1998. The Louis Vuitton City Guide draws upon the talents of a team of journalists and writers, who provide an attentive, informed commentary on the changes shaking the heart of cities and offer objective views on fashion, design, the arts and gastronomy. Highlighting the latest trends and offering unique advice, the regularly updated contents of each guide are aimed at laid-back travellers, business travellers and the residents themselves of the cities being explored.

The collection of Louis Vuitton City Guides provides the traveller with an original view of the 40 cities and 10,000 addresses, combining traditional and new values, traditional and extravagant locations whether known, unknown or out of the ordinary, as long as they best express the essence of each city. Luxury hotels and charming guesthouses; gourmet restaurants and local bistros; street markets and fine food stores; antiquarians and designers; museums and fashion stores, essential or secret monuments. The Louis Vuitton City Guides offer the traveller an insider’s guide into these cities. Practical and unique, each City Guide includes one or more soft-back booklets that you can take with you wherever you go, moving from city to city as the mood takes you. Visit Louis Vuitton for more about the Louis Vuitton City Guides series or contact their Cape Town store at 021 405 9700 or Johannesburg store at 011 784 9854.