Delegates go African, but with a twist

2015-02-27 00:00

THE Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg was a gleaming spectacle of shiny beaded necklaces and traditional African attire ahead of the king’s arrival for his annual speech yesterday.

Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPL) and other delegates took to the red carpet outside the Olympia Hall, adorned in designer outfits and accessories.

For women, the fashion theme for this year seemed to incorporate traditional African symbols with a modern, contemporary feel.

Strutting down the carpet in their matching heels, some of the women embraced the trendy leopard print detail while others reverted to traditional, bold African garments with striking colours and shapes.

Sporting frilly hats and vibrantly coloured hair in attempts to match their clothing, the red carpet was contrasted by vibrant yellows, greens, pinks, and blues.

One of the best garments, worn by MPL Lizzie Fikelephi Shabalala was a combination of striking pink highlights with a multi-coloured chest piece and matching shoes.

Democratic Alliance MPL Zama Ntuli said she purchased her outfit from local designer Zama Mathe. She described it as a “formal but fun” look.

ANC MPL Nomfundo Ntombenhle Mkhulisi incorporated her party’s yellow and black colours into her outfit as “it gives her satisfaction to wear the colours she represents”.

As for the men, a suit and tie seemed to suffice. Some however, combined their modern ensembles with traditional leopard-print headgear or sandals.

King Kgosi Sekwati Mampuri III wore what looked like a graduation gown with a long leopard printed scarf and head band.

King Goodwill Zwelithini sported his usual military regalia with hints of African symbols tucked around the edges.

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