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Ar­guably the big­gest week in SA’s fash­ion cal­en­dar kicked off with the of­fi­cial launch party of SA Fash­ion

Week at Katy’s Palace Bar on Tues­day night. The dress code was Black Tie Glam­our, which seemed to in­spire many guests to dust off a ma­tric dance gown or dress made for the Crown Gospel Mu­sic Awards


WHAT? Da Les looked ready for a

per­for­mance or an af­ter­noon of watch­ing sport – so much for a night of glam­our. He sim­ply didn’t try for the dress code. Given how great his co-per­former AKA looked, the lat­ter showed it was pos­si­ble to look suave but also stage

ready. CHRIST­MAS IN OC­TO­BER Denise Zimba’s giftwrap­per dress showed all that glit­ters is not gold. This dress had a lot

of ev­ery­thing and was the per­fect look for a for­mal fes­tive

party with the theme, Look like a Christ­mas present. PHO­TOS: LUN­GELO



Don­ald Moat­she caught the black tie bit and ar­rived in a crisp, white shirt and black trousers. Black tie? Check. How­ever,

the glam­our didn’t make it to the party. This look says safe

and bor­ing.

SPARKLE AND SHINE Min­nie Dlamini cer­tainly brought the glam­our in this black-and-gold­styled mini (no pun in­tended). The back­less

dress showed off her great fig­ure and had the right amount of sparkle. She let the dress do the

shin­ing with min­i­mal ac­ces­sories. One of the best looks of the night.

TOUCH OF SWAG AKA hit the right note with this look. The black

leather jog­ger pants with gold de­tail­ing were

an easy but great al­ter­na­tive to for­mal pants. He paired them with for­mal shoes and a

but­ton-up shirt that made him move eas­ily from the green car­pet to the stage. Sim­ple and


IN FINE FEATHER Khanyi Mbau’s dress was rem­i­nis­cent of Bey­oncé’s 2012 Met Gala gown, but less risqué. It’s almost as if the beige fab­ric un­der the pink feath­ery de­tail

took away from the fab­u­los­ity of the pink. Pink

is this year’s hot colour and the feath­ers and train added the right amount of glam and fab­u­los­ity. And Khanyi rocked it. Nat­u­rally.

SHEER AND SEXY It’s hard to look at Lerato Kganyago’s

shim­mery gold num­ber and not see Ri­hanna’s nude-and­pink cre­ation from the

Coun­cil of Fash­ion De­sign­ers of Amer­i­can

Awards ear­lier this year. A great choice, but Lerato could have done with­out the veil, which looked more church than glam.

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