Sona fashion – Banana riot meets bling-encrusted cream

2014-06-18 15:42

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Fashionistas may have been divided over Economic Freedom Fighter Floyd Shivambu and company’s scarlet onesies, but most slammed kwaito star Chomee’s mint-green mermaid dress and bleached blonde locks on the red carpet ahead of the state of the nation address.

The Economic Freedom Fighters’ Floyd Shivambu. Picture: Lulama Zenzile

Someone please tell the Jiva Sexy singer and Muvhango actress to preach and not bleach.

Chomee and Arthur Mafokate. Picture: Lulama Zenzile/Foto24

Newcomer Glynnis Breytenbach arrived next to fellow DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard last night.

Dianne Kohler Barnardand Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: Carien du Plessis/Twitter

Kohler Barnard’s dress, best described as a banana riot with tassels, stood in stark contrast to Breytenbach’s more austere black pants ensemble – with what appeared to be dog-fur trim, but the jury is still out on that one.

It seems that Breytenbach is settling into her new Mother City lifestyle, she was spotted at local Portuguese watering hole Dias Tavern just last week.

Ex-police boss Bheki Cele looked like he had fled an elaborate game of cowboys and crooks.

Bheki Cele and wife Thembeka. Picture: Lulama Zenzile/Foto24

The new deputy minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, resembled a Mafia don under a signature broadband hat. His wife, Thembeka, was resplendent in classic cream with embroidered beads and matching gloves.

Patricia de Lille once again showed the country who wears the pants in the Mother City. Cape Town’s mayor, who steadfastly refuses to wear skirts, opted for a black suit with a wide embroidered shirt – which could possibly double as a tent during the next housing crisis.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille opted for a demure black velvet top with gold trim and buttons, which she said she picked up at a second-hand shop in Hermanus over the weekend.

Helen Zille. Picture: Lulama Zenzile/Foto24

While Zille did not kiss anyone, the DA’s new parliamentary leader, Mmusi Maimane, dashing in a dark suit and broad powder-blue tie, took it upon himself to continue the tradition. Maimane locked lips with his wife, Natalie, on the red carpet as delighted journalists crooned and cameras flashed.

Who will ever forget ex-communications minister Dina Pule’s shoes? Pule’s red-soled Christian Louboutins famously walked her into a sea of controversy.

Indeed, its track record for non- and miscommunication aside, the department of communications has a reputation for fashion that speaks for itself. And last night it did not disappoint.

Deputy Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni – who arrived with her husband, Thato Abrahams – looked lovely in a bling-encrusted cream dress and wearing towering heels.

Stella Ndabeni and husband Thato. Picture: Lulama Zenzile/Foto24

Once dubbed the Don Juan of local politics, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba did not disappoint either.

Malusi Gigaba and Noma Mngoma. Picture: @SAgovnews/Twitter

In a tailored grey suit, he was easily the best-dressed man in the house.

Gigaba’s handkerchief and tie matched the shimmering gold gown of his partner, Noma Mngoma, who brushed off accusations that she broke up his marriage when they hooked up two years ago.

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