The just concluded CBA African Concours d’Elegance 2012 was absolutely phenomenal. Jaw dropping motor parade, a first elegance garden, airplane show, gleaming trophies onstage, fashion scouts to award the best top hats, fanciest head gear and contemporary fashionista gents and ladies was just but a few of the highlights of the day.
On call but on the look out, I watched as people streamed in just to get a slice of this social event. I could tell that everyone tried to leave their scruffiness home. Some were either trying to pretend that they were casually dressed (but had gone all out) and for some they had deliberately gone all out (kadha frantically shopped last minute) ; to show off!
My favourite part of the event was a setup (oh yes so inspiringly by me J ) of the cupcake lady sitting in a table. She was dressed in an Afro haute couture style at the CBA Banking of Ages zone. Alluring and quite striking, she caught the attention of the passerby’s. Once you saw her, you couldn’t help but stare or at least steal a photo of her. She had a mannequin – statue look that at some point it seemed like she was not real. All in all, she attracted attention at the zone and resonated well with ‘Couture Banking’ – A Time for More, which is CBA’s new mantra.
Haiya, another razzmatazz was the winning automobile (the word ‘car’ is not a good enough term to describe this beauty). It was a burgundy; spic and span clean 1972 Jaguar E – Type entered by Mathias Koehler. Man, that is one fierce machine. Sleek like a models skin, this was not a vehicle to just look at, it was an automobile you caressed with your eyes. The smooth exterior finish, cream interior and boot alone must have garnered her enough points to place her way ahead of the rest as the best of the best at yesterday’s event.
Pyrotechnics show, confetti pop and a grand slamming performance from Sauti Sol crowned the day.
Hardly are there many Kenyan events that come close to the preparation and effort put by both the spectators and competitors alike. At the ‘Concours’, the convergence of prestige and elegance is unconsciously mirrored by both parties.
There might be a small following of classical motorcars adorers but the number of attendees to such an event acknowledges the fact that people do appreciate and recognize the effort of the competitors. People come out in droves to represent, witness and socialize at the event. Kenya’s middle class is indeed emerging into a sophisticated lot.
As a true believer of the arts impact in shaping society, it is my prayer that appreciation for the visual arts be avidly embraced, exceptional work go acknowledged and finally authentic talent be supported.