Mzansi Celebs Turn Up For #RareSparkle Launch

Suzy Mukendi with her mom and dad

Suzy Jessica Mukendi, our lively and larger-than-life Fashion Editor at People Magazine South Africa launched her first ever #RareSparkle fashion collection which was inspired by all those who’ve battled cancer at some point in their lives.The exclusive glitzy and glamourous affair was hosted by Scarlet Ribbon in Stoneridge Shopping Centre, Greenstone, Johannesburg on Saturday 18 March 2017.Suzy passionately shares,”My fashion show was all about showcasing my designs with the focus around cancer. The purpose of the event was to not only support the cause but break away from the stereotype of the fashion industry as well as cancer only being focused on in October. Every day someone is diagnosed with cancer so why should the work and support only be done in October? We are in a society where many people have role models and are influenced by each other. So at the end of the day we have the power to touch lives, challenge them and create a different dialogue.”

Stacey Cohen and Suzy Mukendi

An inspiring thought indeed with an aspirational vision that knows no bounds. Suzy spend about four months on her collection, she was inspired by all those who have courageously put up a good fight against the dreaded cancerous diseases of every kind. Suzy’s sister Aurelie couldn’t hide her joy and happiness. On the night of the event she shared with a smile,”Yes, the whole family is truly happy for Suzy but we can now all FINALLY go to sleep without hearing the noise of the sewing machine at 1 am every day.”

Rogue Crew

The audience was wowed by a fashion-forward and edgy collection made of satin, plastic, velvet and faux fur which was modelled by Farah Dayla, Nompumelelo Maduna, Natasha Marks and Jade Caknis.

Models’ hair was styled by Riaan Wright and makeup was done by Aurelie Mukendi and Jade Caknis.The MC for the night was Naledi Moleo with stellar performances from Rogue Crew, M-I-C, Sound Visual Crew and contestant from The Voice SA, Bryce MacMillan.Essential Groove kept people dancing all night long with delicious eats and treats from Chateau Gateaux.

Jay Anstey

Among the special guests were Suzy’s family including Mr and Mrs Mukendi, Mrs SA Charity 2017 – Claire Gardner, Mrs SA 2016 Top 10 Finalist – Faith Ndamse, Jay Anstey, Celebrity Photographer Oupa Bopape of Ouparazzi brand, Danica Paulson – The Face Of Miss Boss Couture 2017, David Molloy, Jesse Lodge, Francois Louw, Sarah Maeli, Stacey Cohen, Stacey Naidoo – Owner of Miss Boss Couture, Nafisa Grey from South African Style Blog, the people magazine team among others. Sponsors included Essential Grove, French Clinic, African Extracts, Botanicals Body Butter, Plantur21, Boulevard Rose Bar, Chateau Gateaux, Jewel Lee, People Magazine South Africa and Scarlet Ribbon.

Francois Louw

Keep up with Suzy’s style tips, fashion tricks and updates on social media.





Pics by Brenda Taylor & Eyezeph Photos.

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