Killer stilettos and polka dots add pizazz to premier's address

2012-02-22 00:00

RED, pink and polka dots dominated the fashion at yesterday’s state of the province address, with figure-hugging designs matched with avant garde hats and fascinators.

 

Designs took a more Western slant compared to Monday’s traditional flair when King Goodwill Zwelithini opened the legislature, while the West African influence was also strong.

Yesterday saw single tones set off with bows, block colour pleats, diamantes and frills.

Among the fashionable personalities who stood out was Nontuthuko Mokoena, a director in the KZN director-general’s office, who wore Brazilian patent leather, killer-red stilettos coupled with a Galleries Lafayette handbag from Paris and a white coat designed by Durban’s Omari.

Speaker Peggy Nkonyeni, NFP leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi and Msunduzi councillor Ningi Zungu were among the many women who confidently carried off bold hats.

Nkonyeni complemented her blue skirt suit with a striking silver hat wrapped in ribboned flowers, which matched the piping and flower-shaped buttons on her stylish suit.

Magwaza-Msibi wore a traditional purple and gold striped head wrap à la Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Zungu shunned local designers with an outfit from the Free State. She wore a shocking pink net hat decorated with flowers, with a two-piece outfit and bag.

Her bag was designed with rolled patches of different coloured leather, and she had designed her matching pink outfit, trimmed with intricate Indian designs, and commissioned Sizane to make it.

Logie Naidoo returned with pizazz in a lead-platinum pin-striped suit, and looked more stylish than he did at the legislature opening on Monday.

“My style defines who I am,” said Andile Sikhakhane, a staff member at the legislature, who wore a vibrant pink coat that matched the pink stitching on his black trousers.

“That’s why I think, as a young man, that it’s very important for me to always look good. I also love bright colours.”

Adding a traditional twist, Mamusa Ngubane and Noma Madlala, guests at the event, strutted around in edgy yellow and orange. Their outfits were created by Pietermaritzburg’s Vunula designers and incorporated beads and dyed springbok skin.

Parliamentary and royal fashion is progressing, with more exuberant and braver styles creeping in among the neat, conservative beige, black and blues traditionally favoured by MPLs and their guests.

• tharuna.devchand@witness.co.za

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