The Mustang Room in Kramerville, one of Johannesburg’s leading design and business precincts, was the backdrop for the launch of the Glenlivet Original Series on Friday evening (24 November) where leading African luxury menswear fashion house XIPIXI presented what must be the original fashion event of the year.

Invited guests enjoyed a spectacular fashion event that brought together the worlds of whiskey, jazz, fashion and live poetry to create an entirely authentic experience. Captivating guests with an ethereal live poetry reading, Marina Chichava set the tone for this soul-stirring slice of fashion-centered performance theatre. The performance was centered on the Spring-Summer collection of founder and creative director for XIPIXI, António Macheve Jr, entitled The Original Gentleman.

The Collection was designed in collaboration with The Glenlivet and was showcased by models walking a highly original catwalk looped through the space and framed by an unconventional stage. MC for the evening, renowned local actress, model and television presenter Sinazo Yolwa added a sophisticated glow to the evening, beautifully narrating the experience every step of the way.

“The Original Gentleman Collection is for every man who aspires to reflect his own originality in the way that he dresses and his choice of wardrobe”

The Original Gentleman Collection, comprising pieces inspired by the distinctive colours of The Glenlivet Whiskey, and made up of tailored and smart-casual looks with royal touches of gold embroidery, in celebration of our rich African heritage, was well received by guests attending the event. These included top local actors Loyisa MacDonald and Michelle Mosalakae and musician Phila Madlingozi.

Stylish shorts and suits made with fine wool, suede bomber jackets, pique cotton polo shirts, royal wax print robes, pants and shirts are among the pieces showcased at the show, with the first signature XIPIXI patterns designed in-house, adorning silk shirts, robes, neck-ties and men’s pyjamas.

The Showstopper of The Original Gentleman Collection – a luxurious collaboration blazer, finely constructed in the mosaic art form with delicate sequins and glass pieces – closed the show on a high note.

“The Original Gentleman Collection is for every man who aspires to reflect his own originality in the way that he dresses and his choice of wardrobe,” says Macheve.

“Guests attending this fashion event were part of a truly original experience, designed to enhance their sense of pleasure,” says The Glenlivet brand manager, Eugene Lenford. “Every aspect of the event was finely constructed to surprise and delight guests with moments that took their breath away, stirred their soul and excited the senses.”

The Original Fashion Experience is the first in the Glenlivet Original Series – a premium series of events that The Glenlivet will present over the next five months.


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