The hits and misses on the red carpet

2015-02-13 00:00

LAST year it was African National Congress’s Thandile Sunduza’s yellow tube dress that got tongues wagging. This year, it was ANC MP Thabiso Wana’s brown and white asymmetrical frock that had Twitter buzzing.

Those on social media poked fun at Wana’s dress when a picture of her on the 255-metre red carpet was posted alongside a cow with matching print.

Our fashion police did not mince their words, saying that generally South Africans don’t make an effort to dress to the nines for the glamourous event.

“Wana’s dress was really ugly, I have no words for it,” said Kwa­Zulu-Natal fashion guru Mthokozisi Chiyi ,adding Wana looked like “a confused Jersey cow”.

“She looked like a milk-based drink, her dress was really bad. She looked like an Nguni cow,” said Chiyi.

For Chiyi, Mandla Mandela and his beautiful wife Nodiyala Mbali Makhathini scored 10 out of 10.

“They took a traditional Xhosa attire and converted it into something modern and chic.

“The best dressed award goes first lady Tobeka Madiba-Zuma — she never disappoints when it comes to the State of the Nation address. She was a winner. That 1920s inspired look worked for her,” said Chiyi.

“Helen Zille looked graceful in her black lace off shoulder dress, it was classic coupled with a short hairstyle that was very popular in the 1930s and 40s,” said Chiyi.

“Zille chose to go for the black dress and it totally worked for her. This is why for me Helen Zille takes the number two spot,” said Chiyi.

Chiyi said Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba and his wife Nomachule looked dashing in their Gavin Rajah designed gold ensembles.

“The Gigabas always rise to the occasion. But I think Noma should have experimented a little more, she was a little boring in the lace, she is young and beautiful and has a beautiful body. She was predictable,” said Chiyi.

He said Nathi Mthethwa’s wife Philisiwe Mthethwa looked like a teacher in a convent.

“She has money and is relatively young and well educated and well-travelled, she should have done better. I expected better,” said Chiyi.

Durban designer Haroun ­Hansrot said Mandla Mandela was the best dressed.

“I loved the way he handled the jacket and the look was very traditional with a Xhosa-inspired kilt with a gladiator sandal. The footwear is very important. He for me was a 10 out of 10. He brought in all the aspects. He pulled it off beautifully,” said Hansrot.

He said Dali Tambo and his wife looked breathtaking in yellow. “They looked elegant.”

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