The Cell C Playing for Pink Ladies Invitational Polo is set to usher in Breast Cancer Awareness month in style – with a day filled with great entertainment and high fashion.
African Fashion International (AFI) – a leading fashion authority on the continent has identified young, emerging designers to showcase their work on the day as part of a fashion theatre which will feature celebrity guests and a performance by award-winning artist, Lira.
The event’s entertainment and stage co-ordinator, Esther Masser, says the fashion theatre will bring an exciting new spin to the usual runway show: “We have 35 female models and five male models who will be the main canvas for the fashion portrait, but we wanted to do something different – something memorable.”
The fashion theatre will feature performances from two female contortionists of the Ria Nagel Acrobatic Studio and four ballerinas from the Jo’burg Ballet. Radio DJ and TV presenter Tumi Vorster, musician and designer Nhlanhla Nciza and Miss Mamelodi Sundowns Matlala Mokoko are also set to walk the ramp. Award-winning songstress, Lira, will be the show’s main act and will bring a soulful touch to what promises to be a memorable fashion spectacle.
“People can look forward to a taste of the future, packed beautifully into just 15 minutes,” Masser says of the theatre.
AFI has identified three of its most promising designers for the show – Rich Mnisi, Khothatso Tsotetsi and Tuelo Nguyuza – whose work has been described as ‘exciting and edgy’. Lira, who has supported breast cancer campaigns over the years, is honoured to have been approached by Playing for Pink. “We couldn’t have asked for a better partner. She feels as strongly about this initiative as we do and will be a highlight for many,” says Masser.
Pop-up fashion stores and lipizzaners will act as curtain raisers for the polo match and guests can look forward to neck, back, shoulder and hot stone massages throughout the day – courtesy of Clarins. SOHO will be treating them to express manicures and pedicures while Franco International and GHD will be doing their hair for the special day.
Reach for Recovery is a non-profit organisation that helps women regain some of the self-esteem they’ve been deprived of by breast cancer. To raise funds for this worthy cause (tickets cost R650 and can be bought at Computicket), Cell C, Edith Unlimited and Samsung have joined forces to host a polo match in which two women’s teams will face off against each other in support of breast cancer.
The Cell C Playing for Pink Ladies Invitational Polo in association with Samsung – diarised for October 4 at Inanda Club in Johannesburg – will be a celebration of women who have survived a mastectomy.