(Cape Town, South Africa) 15 on Orange, Autograph Collection Hotel hosted an Empower Me Event on Wednesday, 29 May 2019. This New York themed networking event was organised by Empower Me founder, Janine Brink in collaboration with renowned fashion designer Jacques LaGrange.

The haute couture dinner was set in an opulent, exquisitely furnished private dining room, offering ultimate luxury and fine dining. The table design and setting was beautifully created by Zam&Zor Events. 15 On Orange Autograph Collection is a five star venue and a destination hub situated in the heart of the city, newly refurbished in luxurious modernity and lush greenery with breath-taking views of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head.

The glamourous affair commenced at 6:30pm with Disaronno and Fitch & Leedes cocktails as welcome drinks. Happy Culture Kombucha and The Dutchess zero alcohol drinks were also available. Deetlefs MCC was specially poured for the Empower Me VIP members on arrival, as an extra spoil. Guests were welcomed by classic lounge beats played Anthea Scholtz which set the mood for the New York inspired evening of glitz and glam.

Esteemed guests were then led into the Private Dining room and welcomed by Empower Me founder, Janine Brink. Empower Me is an exclusive women’s network – the first of its kind to offer a diverse platform to empowering women in different areas of their lives. Inspiring and motivating women to become the best authentic version of themselves. This one-of-a-kind networking event gave the opportunity for multi-faceted modern females to interact with like-minded women.

Ash Evans was the guest speaker for the evening. An international TV reporter and show host, who founded The King’s Speech and now recently, she also launched the Ash Evans Company – to provide media training and presentation skills workshops for women.  Ash’s message was based on self-confidence and the mindset to change to become your most powerful self.

Next the 'King of Couture', Jacques LaGrange, showcased his exquisite haute couture New York Fashion Week collection in a dramatic show for the guests to enjoy. The ladies all marvelled at his creations and talent.

A delectable three-course dinner was prepared by notable Executive Chef, Tamsyn Wells.  As starters, guests were treated to a Salt and Pepper Fried Calamari with a lime dipping sauce, followed by a choice of a flavoursome grilled chalmar beef sirloin with a cauliflower couscous, caramelised baby onions and bordelaise jus or a grilled line fish with sauté wild mushrooms, fondant potato and pea puree and to end off the evening of elegance, Tia Maria spoilt the guests with their acclaimed Espresso Martinis. 

In addition to all the appetizing haute bistronomy, guests were enlightened with remarkable guest speakers, entertainment, luxury giveaways and an incredible goodie-bag to take home.