Fash­ion flops and wins

RED CAR­PET: DE­SIGNER FARE OR BELT-TIGHT­EN­ING GARB?

The Citizen (KZN) - - News - Adri­aan Roets

What’s been called SA ver­sion of the MET Gala re­mains just that – an event to flaunt de­signer wear.

South Africans like spec­ta­cle, ex­cept for the walk­outs and protests that are now com­mon­place at the State of the Na­tion ad­dress (Sona) – but the event’s red car­pet plays a piv­otal role.

Ahead of this year’s speech, Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa spoke about gov­ern­ment tight­en­ing its belt. Have the MPs walk­ing the red car­pet this year heeded the call?

Demo­cratic Al­liance (DA) chief whip Natasha Maz­zone wore an Amanda Laird Cherry bro­cade wrap skirt, show­ing some thrift. The skirt is avail­able to order on­line from Su­per­bal­ist for R1 599. She made it clear on the red car­pet that last night’s Sona was not about fash­ion.

“We need to lis­ten to what the pres­i­dent has to say tonight about the elec­tric­ity cri­sis, 10.4 mil­lion South Africans are un­em­ployed in our coun­try and we need to have some con­crete plans in place, not just pipe dreams,” she said.

Trans­port Min­is­ter and ANC stal­wart Fik­ile Mbalula, who typ­i­cally wears lux­ury brand suits to Sonas, showed up in un­named choir-master garb, which, con­sid­er­ing his track record, shows he heeded the pres­i­dent’s call, and left the lux­ury threads at home.

As al­ways, the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers showed up in their red over­alls, mak­ing them tops at cut­ting on dress­ing costs. But that’s where it ended. The red car­pet was yet again a pa­rade of gowns, beads and feath­ers. DA na­tional spokesper­son Phumzile van Damme wore an out­fit from Project Runway SA’s Stephen van Ee­den, and Bongiwe Walaza de­signed Xhosa-in­spired out­fits for Mandla Man­dela and his wife Rabia, and the DA’s Na­z­ley Sharif was fear­less in a nude il­lu­sion dress. Two of the big­gest stars of Sona 2020 had to be Siya Kolisi, the Spring­bok cap­tain, and Miss Uni­verse Zoz­ib­ini Tunzi. Kolisi wore his Spring­bok blazer and Tunzi wore a GertJo­han Coet­zee gown.

TSONGA STYLE. Masin­gita Shibambu, 19, also known as Ntombhi Ya Mut­songa, a praise singer from Mala­mulele, Lim­popo.

Pic­tures: Jac­ques Nelles

CLOSE TO HOME. Mandla Man­dela and his wife Rabia sport Xho­sain­spired out­fits de­signed by Bongiwe Walaza. IN­SPIRED BY LOVE. The Nu­clear En­ergy Cor­po­ra­tion of SA’s newly ap­pointed board mem­ber Se­namile Masango evokes Valen­tine’s Day in a red and gold silk gown. IT GIRLS. Model and actress Ba­balwa Mneno, left, with TV presenter Ntando Duma.

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