This weekend All roads lead to the J&B met in Cape Town's Kenilworth race course. Horses of the highest pedigree will be gallipping down the tracks and big money (for good sports?) will be wagered.
But believe it or not, that's only the sideshow. Since its conception the even has focused on fashion -- well, at least that's what the vast number of attendees focuses on. It's often called the "social event" of the year and the rich, stylish, creative and fabulous always come out in numbers -- always dressed to kill.
I wonder what they would wear I'd the year's theme is one day set as "Dressed to Kill"? This year's event has been themed "Made to Fly" and attendees have to depict it in their costumes and the most creative couple is awarded. This year's grand prize is a 7 night holiday at Beachcomber’s 5 Star Superior Trou Aux Biches Resort & Spa valued at R45,000.
Personally I'm expecting to see quite a few butterfly costumes online come Monday. Socialites being self-referential in their "social butterfly" ensembles. I think that better is safer than trying my luck with the horses.
A few travel agent acquaintances of mine have phoned and emailed me packages and deals for the weekend most of which are surprisingly reasonable and tempting, notwithstanding the fact that I'm not the target market for these sort of things. I prefer to either relax or see sites on my holidays and I don't do crowds well. I also haven't had much luck with winning contests at costume parties and I've been known to be a bit of a sore loser. So having a jetsetting experience as good as this prize slip right through my fingers would be hard to bear.
What are your thoughts on the Met? Will you be going, if so, how are you traveling and what have you packed?
Wow! Those question were a bit of a mouthful.
To those going, happy Jetsetting!