SA designers showcase their designs at the "Fashion and All that Jazz" gala dinner. (Pic: Gerry Cupido)

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is in full swing. The annual gathering that attracts music lovers from around the world began on Tuesday with a free community concert at the Green Market Square where the likes of espYoungLegends 2018 winner Jarrad Rickets and Alistar Izobell performed. 

Thursday was the glitzy “Fashion and All that Jazz” gala dinner held at the Cape Town International Convention Center (CTICC). With the theme for this year being “Sophiatown”, celebrating the legendary era of jazz, black culture and fashion in Johannesburg, guests arrived dressed to impressed in vintage outfits. 

The collaboration between #CTIJF2018 and WEAR South Africa (WEAR SA), a initiative that supports and promotes locally manufactured clothing and brands, brings about the fashion element during the jazz festival. Guests were encouraged to wear proudly South African brands for the dinner as part of supporting the local clothing  business. 

Brands under the WEAR South Africa banner showcased their collections, they included Namesake, Blue Collar White Collar, Magents, Isabel de Villiers  and swimwear label Naked Wear. 

Attended by socialites, ministers and the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) employees and industry related guests, the dinners a must-attend to kick-start the jazz weekend. 

The winners of the GQ and Glamour Best Dressed award went to Wesley Talken dressed in a Blue Collar White Collar blazer and shirt and designer Maloti Mothobi. During his keynote speech at the dinner  Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel reiterated how important it is that we as consumers support the local manufacturing industry as it contributes to job creation and our economy. 


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