There existed a time when women would gather together, under the roof of an inspiring host, to amuse one another, to refine their taste and increase their knowledge through conversation. This scintillating social circle was called a salon and was an Italian invention of the 16th century, which then flourished in France throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. This inspiring exchange of ideas has been reborn in a contemporary setting which I was privileged to attend last Saturday. Style icon Jackie Burger of Salon 58 has recreated the traditional salon after noting that women have become too busy to truly engage with other women and feed off the energy and creativity of each other in a positive and empowering way.
The theme for Saturday’s soirée was Allure: The Art of Being a Woman. Acting as a Curator and Salonnière, Jackie Burger and her fellow collaborators focused on the concept of what makes a woman who she is and how to convey this by the way she presents herself.
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Whenever I’m in need of a good South African giggle, I merely have to click over to Suzelle DIY – our very own tears-rolling-down-your-face-with-laughter YouTube sensation. If you haven’t heard of her…what rock have you been under? And if you know dear Suzelle and her DIY antics, then we’re on the same page. But what you may not know is that Julia Anastasopoulos, the actress behind the delightfully dippy character, is also an accomplished illustrator. Her work is whimsical and beautifully drawn. Take a look at her illustrations under her label Knolc.
Julia has her architecturally referenced illustrations featured at the Civic Centre MyCiti Bus Station, where the visitors explore the Cape Town Cityscape through a series of illustrated panels. Another long-time favourite of mine is her mural in the children’s section of The Book Lounge.
So I’m in need of a laugh today…I’m off to watch Suzelle How To Iron Without An Iron…
and then I’ll see How To Make The Suzelle Upstyle.
Because anybody can. Have a great day!