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Salon 58- Jackie Burger’s stylish venture

“To me, the word ‘lovely’ encapsulates a sense of simplicity and lightness and it also signals an attitude of embracing the moment with all our senses without over thinking or judging anything. I love the spontaneity implied by the word,” says Jackie Burger of the theme for Salon 58’s fourth soirée at the P.J. Olivier Art Centre in Stellenbosch.
Lovely, in association with Orange Babies South Africa, marked the beginning of Salon 58’s spring/summer soirées. The conversations extended to four aspects of a modern woman’s life: business, spirituality, beauty and fashion. Unlike previous soirées, guests were treated to a brunch in the foyer of the P.J. Olivier Art Centre and were served by Martjie Malan of M Patisserie, fresh juices from Juicebox and Graham Beck Brut Rosé NV.
Burger introduced Audrey Mothupi, the chairperson of Orange Babies South Africa by raising their glasses to a foundation that truly changes lives. Orange Babies South Africa is part of the Dutch Orange Babies charitable foundation that works to transform the lives of women and children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa by preventing mother to child transmission and caring for orphans and vulnerable children by providing medical care, nutrition, education and daily support. Mothupi also presented a limited edition 12 piece dinner service decorated with designs by 12 top artists, such as Lisa Brice, Kudzanai Chiurai, David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, Moshekwa Langa and Sam Nhlengethwa. All proceeds of the sale of the dinner services will go towards supporting Orange Babies’ work in South Africa.
Infantry, an installation by artist Haidee Nel, formed part of the Orange Babies project at the soirée. It fittingly raises the questions of how we protect our children and how children can protect themselves and consists of 12 figures standing at attention with clenched fist. The tainted dresses allude to a spoilt childhood and also to a battle being fought.

A conversation facilitated by human capital consultant and former CEO of World Design Capital Cape Town 2014,  Alayne Reesberg was also held. She was joined by well-known beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger, Candice-Lee Kannemeyer of In My Bag; artist Shany van den Berg; the managing director of JF Hillebrand SA,

Marliese Martin and Dr Yvette de Villiers, a metaphysical healer and coach , who were the panelists. The conversation turned to women’s experiences in the workplace, how women think and work, and how to really make these differences work for you.
The salon show curated by Burger showcased new-season style
inspirations from Cape Town concept store Maison Mara. The focus
was on trans-seasonal investment pieces such as the white shirt, a denim shirt (made new by the silk denim fabric) and a pin-striped
trouser suit, all from Mason Mara’s exquisite range by designers such as Sonia Rykiel, Heimstone, Proenza Schouler and Acne
to mention a few.
“For the show, I wanted to combine new-season looks and investment buys to encourage guests to experiment with designer garments and use them to create a unique style persona for
themselves,” explains Burger.
South African designers Elaine du Plessis (Drotsky), Kat van Duinen, Stefania Morland, Shana Morland, Juandi Andrag, Tamara Chérie Dyson (Tamara Chérie) and Lara Klawikowski were each asked to create two designs for Lovely to encapsulate women’s femininity. Paired with elegant Nine West heels and sandals, the result was an edit of the loveliest of dresses that still places the emphasis on the woman wearing the dress.
Of this show and the designers’ participation in the Gallery Boutique, Burger says, “how often do we get the chance to see beautiful garments up close and personal, to perhaps touch the garment on show and even try it on later? It is, to me, the most fun element of every soirée.”
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