Juju gets ‘relevant’ and Sushi King swags it

2011-02-05 17:43

 When it comes to fashion, Julius Malema is a simple man – he just wants to be “relevant”. For his high-profile party mate, Kenny “Mr Sushi” Kunene, it’s all about making a statement.

The two made a fashionable pair when they got together in Cape Town last weekend, wearing tailored suits by top SA ­designer David Tlale – known for seldom charging less than R8?000 for his bespoke suits.

Tlale would only say that both men paid for their suits, but he refused to divulge the price tag.

While Kunene went for a flashy red-and-white outfit with Swarovski crystal detail on the lapels, Malema wore a demure silver-grey suit which he changed into after the J&B Met. At the Met he was spotted in a violet jacket with a floral shirt.

“Julius just asked me to make him relevant. He let me choose the colours and fabric for his suit and fortunately, he has great skin pigmentation that works well with any colour. So that made my job easy,” said Tlale.

He made time to design suits for the two in between putting together a new collection for Joburg Fashion Week this month.

Malema says he’s not that concerned with fashion. “Clothes are not my domain,” he told City Press this week, “I can only talk about politics.”

Kunene, however, was more forthcoming.

“I chose these colours because white represents peace and love for all my friends who have stood by me though all this. Red represents blood running through the haters’ veins when they see me do well,” he said.

Kunene describes his style as “swag, elegant, stylish but different. I enjoy wearing David’s clothes because he understands my style. I go to him to make me clothing for every party I throw because I can’t wear the same jacket I’ve already worn,” added Kunene.

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