The best and worst of red carpet fashion

2011-12-23 11:37

This year, celebrities were out in full force with their fashion messes, guesses and hits.

Unfortunately, the messes and guesses outweighed the hits, but hopefully things will change next year.

Mokgadi Seabi looks back at the year that was and singles out the bouquet bonnies and the brick brigade

Muso Zakes Bantwini is arguably the most stylish male artist around.

And it’s about time.

It was starting to look as if the only suit in his wardrobe was black and red (unless he bought in bulk, Makro-style).

When he went to accept his most recent trophy for the Most Gifted Video of the Year at the Channel O Music Video Awards, he made South Africa proud with this flawless look

YFM DJ and TV presenter Pearl Modiadie is a style princess to look out for in the new year.

Not only is she beautiful, but when she rocked up at this year’s J&B Met in this cute blue number with windmill flower detail, most people were charmed.

The dress is not only age appropriate for Modiadie, but is powerful and, most importantly, stuck to the event’s theme of Larger Than Life

No artist can pull off haute couture like Simphiwe Dana.

She can wear the most outrageous David Tlale or Clive Rundle gown and still manage to look flawless.

This ensemble (we can’t even call it an outfit) was showcased during the recording of her latest DVD at the Apartheid Museum, Gold Reef Casino.

There’s no question that avant-garde describes her style

What can we say about Bonang Matheba? The Queen of All Media – as she calls herself – is slowly becoming the queen of style in South Africa.

And thanks to her array of Gert-Johan Coetzee creations, she always looks dynamite – well, except for those two dodge dresses she wore during the broadcasting of the SA Music Awards.

 Her red carpet looks are tops – from the horse races (remember the lilac origami dress at the J&B Met?) to this black number (below) she wore when she hosted the You Spectacular Awards in July

Once upon a time, DJ Cleo used to care about how he looked; he’d even go as far as putting on a suit for an award evening.
Now he doesn’t even bother with shaving.

This year, when he went up on stage to accept the award that he knows fully well will always be his, the MTN Best Selling Mobile Music Download, he was sporting a going-to-the-spaza outfit.

Even the waiters were more dressed up than he was.

It’s such shame to rob that physique made for tailored clothes

Before her apologies to the nation, guests at the Durban July were served an extra helping of dodgy couture courtesy of one Ms Khanyi Mbau, who always obliges when it comes to such creations.

This ‘thing’ she’s wearing was a home-made type of situation that looked like it was quickly glued together.

But you know what? Khanyi is hot and she can always redeem herself, as she is doing now.

Hopefully, the redemption also applies to clothing.

Some of us live in hope

On the right, you have the perfect example on how to colour-block, and on the left, you have Zahara.

While her stylist Nhlanhla Nciza looks stylish and on-trend the music industry’s shining star looks like she’s ready to be mummified.

But at least there’s colour, right? Wrong.

Colour-blocking and Zahara do not go together and the sooner we all come to terms with that, the sooner we can go on enjoying her curves which would look great in monochrome

Oh no! On his infamous 40th birthday, Kenny Kunene showcased a white brocade situation jacket.

At the opening of Parliament this year, he wore a simple shirt, jeans and his usual man bag accessory and two watches.

I mean really, KK? Jeans and a casual shirt to the opening of Parliament? He might as well have put on one of his ZAR-emblazoned T-shirts

You might argue that this is not a red carpet event and you’re right.

Sophie Ndaba and Apostle Musa Mohlala from Shekainah Healing Ministries are together because the actress was in Khayelitsha visiting a few months ago.

This dress however, has seen a night out -– particularly the Glenlivet Live session with Judith Sephuma a few weeks ago.

Said dress is not very flattering to Ndaba’s curves and the fabric certainly doesn’t do much for anything. Oh, did we mention she’s visiting a church?

Sigh! This is a sad case. When two people wear something wrong, you get twice the wrongness.

Hlelo and Ntando Masina do everything together on their popular TV show Blame it on Fame.

But who is to blame for these dresses they wore at the J&B Met? The twins? A stylist? The only thing for everyone to do is to forget this ever happened.

It’s like a red wine stain on a white carpet.

Turn it over

(if possible) and just keep on sipping

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