The Fashionable and Fabulous at The African Odyssey

The lights, the camera and the action was brought to Cape Town by Carol Bouwer productions, with VIVIDLUXURY working its usual magic, for this year’s inaugural African Odyssey which was hosted in honour of Youth Day.

 The fashionable and fabulous came from near and far for a business summit on the morning of 16 June, where a powerful panel discussion took place with influential business women such as Khanyi Dhlomo (CEO Ndalo Media), June Ambrose (American Celebrity Stylist), Elelwane Mpatlane (EDCON’s General Manager of Transformation) and Anina Malherbe-Lan (Founder of VIVIDLUXURY), to name a few. Ladies in search of inspiration from the realms of fashion, beauty and business, were welcomed to the event which aimed to emphasise the country’s rich heritage and unique fashion cultures. ‘It is important for us as woman to share our experiences and offer advice to young females who want to pursue their passions, said Anina Malherbe-Lan.

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The glitz and glamour continued at the inaugural 2017 ‘The African Odyssey featuring June Ambrose’ STYLE ICONS gala dinner on the evening of the 16th of June. The glittering event was attended by the country’s who’s who, including the first lady Bongekile Ngema-Zuma, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa, the MC for the evening, Bonnie Mbuli, Basetsana Kumalo , Rosette NcwanaTwala Ngambi, Mayor Patricia de Lille and of course our gorgeous host for the evening – Carol Bouwer, to name a few. 

The evening would be incomplete without a fashion show by some of SA’s finest, such as Quiteria & George who dazzled guests with their chic new collection. Award-winning singer and budding fashion designer, Nlanhla Nciza, from SAMA winning duo Mafikizolo, captivated guests at the end of the evening with a performance of some of the duo’s biggest hits, along with a first look at her newly launched fashion line.

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“Through social media and one-on-one interactions with young South African women, I am often asked how I parlayed my initial success in TV into a business.  The idea has been simmering for a while and after a meeting of the minds with June late last year I decided to create an event –  a ‘movement’ where women can engage and learn from those who have done it before. I am excited to see this platform take shape” said event owner Carol Bouwer.

The African Odyssey was brought to life by outstanding partnerships which included UN Women, EDCON’s Orange Initiative, UNICEF, Destiny magazine and The City of Cape Town.

EDCON’s Orange Initiative’s ultimate objective is to empower women through skills development that helps them acquire sewing skills, improves their knowledge and understanding of fashion, trends and design. Their annual campaign calls on citizens around the world to unite in the fight to end violence and abuse against women and girls.


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