On 23 May 70 guests attended Jackie Burger’s second Salon 58 soirée entitled Bare, the Virtues of Simplicity. “Bare is about stripping down and opening yourself up to a canvas of nuances that stimulates your senses,” Burger said as she welcomed the group.
Before taking their seats, guests were greeted by a barefoot Kristin Wilson, a renowned ballerina and contemporary dancer, wearing a Wolford nude leotard and performing to gentle music, to introduce the theme.
In the course of the four-hour conversation, Burger, her guests and collaborators discussed the building blocks of a considered wardrobe and look, unpacking the age-old adage that less is more. Working with trans-seasonal, timeless items that included the quintessential white shirt, the sweater that’s just right, denim, the blazer and a trench coat as well as versatile accessories (court shoes, a scarf and a handbag fit for your style and purpose), she illustrated how to work with the bare basics and adapt them to your needs: “Own something without trying to impose any rules on it. Don’t try too hard. Translate basic pieces and energise them your way.”
The fashion collaborators for the event were Witchery, Trenery and Country Road from Woolworths, Sunglass Hut, Stuttafords, Nine West, and GAP. Referring to pieces and fabrics that really are investments to be worn year in and year out, she said, “What I’m showing today are not pieces that you have to buy immediately. Try something on. Go home and think about it for a while. Or if you’re like me, go and have a cup of coffee and do the math. What we decide we can afford for ourselves tells us about our self-worth. Invest in something that’s quality, a classic style that will last and can be worn a million times.”
Cosmetics, skincare and fragrances were discussed too with representatives from M.A.C. Cosmetics, Kiehl’s and Santa Maria Novella, the Italian perfumery founded in 1221. Saskia Buxton from
M.A.C Cosmetics quoted renowned make-up artist Tom Pecheux who had said that “Nothingness is not laziness” before demonstrating back- to-basics make-up. Lindy can Rooyen from Kiehl’s was on hand to introduce the basics of skincare and answer the guests’ questions before Michelle Knapp from Santa Maria Novella presented a workshop on natural fragrances including perfumes, potpourri, wardrobe scents and rosewater.
At the end of the sessions, guests were given the opportunity to browse and shop the brands in the Salon 58 Gallery Boutique.
In addition, everyone present received a gift voucher offering a 30% discount on Burger’s edit at Nine West, a free lip balm and in-store skin consultation from Kiehl’s, a R500 voucher from Sunglass Hut and R100 discount on online purchases of R500 or more from M.A.C Cosmetics as well as a free in-store make-up session. Designer and illustrator Lara Klawikowski drew illustrations of the guests during the afternoon and everyone was presented with her own illustration.
The four-hour soirée ended with an informal lunch by Chanelle Schoon of Schoon De Companje with Graham Beck Brut Zero MCC provided by Graham Beck Wines, which was also served throughout the morning. The lunch was one of the highlights of the day. Going back to basics, Schoon themed it The Virtues of Bread and guests were invited to break the homemade loaves and dip them into cultured butter, olive oil, infused soft cheeses in muslin or rose-tea sea salt before enjoying each piece with cured salmon infused with Santa Maria Novella’s Mediterranean tea and eggs made with Santa Maria Novella’s jasmine tea. A decadent chocolate dessert rounded off the feast.
Alwijn Burger of Blomboy, the Aleit Academy and Okasie created a classic lounge with elements of raw luxury and pared-down simplicity such as sun-bleached bamboo and antique French linen to transform the Salon 58 space at the P.J. Olivier Art Centre to fit the theme. Salon 58 soirées are produced by Juanita Kotze of KØ Productions and Alwijn Burger.