Just Back: Party Planner, Colin Cowie
... from South AfricaColin Cowie, Party Planner
PARTY PLANNER I'm walking across the infinity pool at Zimbali Lodge, outside Durban. It's a very sensual Aman-like resort with a Thai feel to it, but there are also French and Anglo-Indian colonial touches–lots of dark wood and white canvas.
SPICE WORLD My favorite place in Durban is the spice market; I was there to film a segment of Everyday Elegance, my entertaining and decorating show. It's filled with intoxicatingly wonderful smells: curry, turmeric, masala, cardamom, tea leaves, tobacco. The women all wear gorgeous saris; I bought several and turned them into tablecloths. When you wander through the market, it seems as if you've been transported into another world, yet one street away is cosmopolitan Durban with its high-rise buildings.
DON'T FORGET TO PACK Gel. You never know when you're gonna have a bad hair day. [The third season of Everyday Elegance premieres October 18 on the cable network Romance Classics.]
—H. Scott Jolley