STAND TALL: Reinette Potgieter, back, with Angeli Marais and Katlego Malatji.
STAND TALL: Reinette Potgieter, back, with Angeli Marais and Katlego Malatji.
BOLD: Vanya Mangaliso, centre, is surrounded by models wearing Sun Goddess designs.
BOLD: Vanya Mangaliso, centre, is surrounded by models wearing Sun Goddess designs.
Sandton - An unusual fashion display, featuring top designers, to show people how to dress up for the much-anticipated Inanda Africa Cup in Sandton next month, took place at the venue this week.

Vanya Mangaliso, from Afro-chic clothing label Sun Goddess, who showcased some of her collection, urged those who attend polo matches to go all out on their look for the day.

Her designs included maxi-dresses splashed in dramatic and often contrasting tones. Outfits in black, paired with gold and red and white, also had a presence.

This included full-length dresses with a thigh-high slit and another with an open back detail. Chiffon, she said, was loose fitting and added a playful element and silk adds a classy look while leather is an appealing contrast.

“Rather be overdressed than underdressed because that is what life’s all about.You will never regret being overdressed.

“If you don’t know what to wear and might not have a lot of money, accessories are your friend.

"You might even have the same dress as someone else at the event but if you add a belt or an interesting neckpiece your look will be completely different.”

Overall, Mangaliso urged those who were looking for outfit inspiration to venture outside of their comfort zone.

“You shouldn’t wear something that you would walk into the office with. Be daring enough to be whimsical and add a little bit of fantasy to your look.”

Fellow designer JJ Schoeman, who specialises in evening wear and attire for special occasions, was also at the launch and added his own thoughts on polo-match style.

“Be practical and comfortable but fabulous because that is how you will get the most enjoyment from the event,” he urged, adding women should find what works for them and embrace it.

“Wear something you like and suits you - maybe a good colour, something that is form fitting or even an outfit which shows a little bit of skin. Individuality is the biggest thing, you should wear what you love and what’s beautiful and appropriate.”

The designer added that classical style and beauty was always in fashion.

Sunday Independent