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Day: February 8, 2024

From the moment her iconic voice could be heard singing a gentle ballad version of “Que Sera Sera” from off-stage the audience could feel that familiar warmth of authenticity fill the entire theatre.  A friend, an ally, a spiritual powerhouse of talent was about to enter. When the gorgeous 4’11” frame dressed in a navy blue sequin knee-length dress, and silver three-inch bejeweled platform heels walked into the spotlight she was greeted by thunderous applause. With every word she sang of the 1956 Doris Day hit it felt like a large invisible hand reached out and captured all 1,127 people in attendance; we gladly remained there for the duration of the evening.

Backed by a highly skilled six-piece band with the incomparable American Idol Musical director, arranger, and pianist Michael Orland at the helm. Keeping Orland on his toes each set with the variety of tunes she competently delivers; presenting him as her equal in this match of unparalleled ability. The other enviable musicians were Josh Bryant /Guitar. Eric Davis/Guitar. Justin Smith/Violin. Rich Mercurio/Drums. Brian Hamm/Bass. With her two outstanding backup singers Nikkie Kimbrough and, American Idol finalist favorite, Melinda Doolittle the band is complete.

Chenoweth presented a perfectly executed master class on how a concert show should be designed; with a patter that made the evening feel more like a cozy living room conversation. She seems to be talking to each audience member personally.  A skill she must have picked up from her charming upbringing in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She mentioned that two of her mentors are Carol Burnett and Dolly Parton. All three ladies have that comfortably likable demeanor and stage presence.

Without giving away too many of the evening’s vocal surprises Kristin made you laugh one minute and then broke your heart the next.  She tossed

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Paris Couture Week is officially underway and with that comes a week of the world’s most fabulous ‘fits, street style standouts and opulent afterparties. 

From our favourite fashion moguls donning Dior to Schiaparelli’s bevy of stars sitting front row, here are just a few of our favourite street style looks thus far from this season…

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Amy Jackson

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Amy Jackson

The new fiancé of Ed Westwick donned a striking Viktor & Rolf ensemble to the brand’s couture show. 

Lauren Santo Domingo

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Lauren Santo Domingo

Style icon Lauren Santo Domingo donned a typically French black beret, paired with a trench coat and leather boots, outside the Chanel show.

Tamara Kalinic

Tamara Kalinic wears blue turquoise coat, beige skirt with slit, cut out top, white bag with logo print outside Fendi's show in Paris© Christian Vierig
Tamara wore the most stunning shade of blue

Tamara Kalinic donned an all-blue ensemble to attend the Fendi Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2024 show. Pairing her baby blue trench, turtleneck and shoes with a cream midi skirt and black sunglasses.

Zita d’Hauteville

Zita d'Hauteville wears creme white brown red checkered jacket, mini skirt, snake print ankle boots, blue bag outside Fendi during the Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2024© Christian Vierig
Baby blue seems to be popular on the streets of PFW this year

Opting for a bold-coloured look, Zita d’Hauteville chose to bring a little bit of spice to the Fendi front show. Wearing a red, cream and brown block-coloured jacket and skirt, the influencer layered a baby blue knit underneath and paired the look with snakeskin print boots.

 Bettina Looney

Bettina Looney wears white head band, brown pants, grey oversized blazer, red bag, white blouse outside Fendi during the Haute Couture © Christian Vierig
It’s the pop of colour for moi

 Bettina Looney opted for this PFW’s most trending hair accessory- the thick jersey headband, pairing the accessory with a double blazer, brown leather pants, Fendi heels and a mini bag in a vibrant red shade.

Iryna Thater

 Iryna Thater wears skirt & top and coat sustainable leather from Nanushka, brown knee high boots Jimmy Choo, bag Fendi, Jacquemus sunglasses outside Fendi © Christian Vierig
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A pop-up art and merchandise exhibition on AKA will be held later this month.

The Kiernan Forbes Foundation recently announced a collab with merchandise company Bravado to release a special fashion collection honouring the late rapper, AKA.

35-year-old rapper AKA was shot outside a popular Durban restaurant last February in a suspected hit. Two suspects were identified, but no one is standing trial for his murder.

Those close to him will this month, for the first time, celebrate his birthday without him. As part of the birthday festivities, a pop-up art and merchandise exhibition will run at Sook Mall of Africa from 26-28 January.

It will feature exclusive artwork and merchandise paying tribute to AKA.

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“The collaboration also provides an opportunity for emerging South African artists to showcase their talent and brings an unparalleled experience for AKA’s fans to enjoy,” the foundation added.

The rapper’s father, Tony, said among the items available will be the original GALXBOY memorial t-shirt with the GALXBOY fabric and styling.

“As with their other products, this t-shirt will be available for buying and shipping on the online store, including international shipping,” he added.

AKA merch coming soon to a mall near you?

Tony said he wanted to take the exhibit across South Africa to honour his son and give young creatives a platform.

“I personally would like to replicate this project in the major cities in SA. I think it is a great opportunity to use Kiernan‘s platform to [create] opportunities for emerging local talent, and also for fans to enjoy on a wider scale.

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“So let’s see how this one goes and then

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