Living loud with Liezel: J&B Met style tips from the experts


Liezel van der Westhuizen

South Africa’s most celebrated outdoor social event, the J&B Met will take place at the Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday February 2. The theme this year is “Made to Fly”. If you are still not sure what to wear, we have some suggestions on your style for the day below:

• Palladium Hair Company – Instead of going crazy with feathers, as would be expected, try to incorporate feathers into the natural style of your hair, i.e. clipped underneath your fringe and becoming one with your hair down and around your face. (

• A List Boutique – We predict that hipsters will be rocking more structured garments, with the emphasize on a “less is more” approach, subtle details and one statement item. A List have super sexy dress for the young wild ones and embellished chiffon maxi dresses for the J&B MET.
This year you can wear any colour. We suggest playing with one or two colours and do a hint of metallic for that glam factor! Flat shoes are always a winner and if you must pioneer above then opt for a wedge. (

• Pam Gray: Make-up artist – One of the biggest trends this season is liner! Go for a fresh, glowing face, contoured cheeks and a dramatic, graphic liquid liner. Keep the liner creative and playful and everything else simple and clean… This also means less to touch up during the day. (

• Elrico Bellingan – LUXO Fashion Editor and Stylist – When I think “Made to Fly”, I see a variety of feathers designed and transformed into avant garde creations. I look forward to seeing fashion that tells a story and fashionistas who do not interpret the theme too literally.
As always, Ritza Janse van Rensburg, Best Dressed Winner at the L’Ormarins Queens Plate, will be dressed fun, flirty and sexy in a young designer Raeesa Brey.
Liezel van der Westhuizen will be dressed in a elegant yet dramatic design with an amazing head piece from Black Cake.
I always look forward to seeing what Gert Johan Coetzee will create for the event, especially what he will be dressing Bonang Matheba in, as well as Gavin Rajah. (

• Olwethu-Thando Klaas – Fashion Blogger, Hells Couldron – Fashion will come and go with its fads and eclectic mixes of the ages. The theme this year is “Made To Fly” and while most would be inclined to think along the lines of Lady Gaga’s “out of the box” apparel, I have faith that people will finally revel in classic style.
Our Miss SA, Marilyn Ramos is rumoured to be thinking along the lines of conservative with enough flavour to truly showcase her beauty. I’m partial to the vivacious call of the Victoria Secret Fashion Show-like wings, but I fear my

brilliant designer Luiz DeLaja, of ministry4style, will have his own thoughts on this. (

10 lucky readers can win double tickets to the J&B Met. To win, you have to be a subscriber of The Next 48hOURS. Send your name and “J&B Met” in the subject line in an e-mail to:

before 12pm on Tuesday January 29…Good luck!