Local designers and tailors add bling to brighten up legislature opening

2012-02-21 00:00

THE opening of the KZN Legislature yesterday saw most of the politicians and members of the royal family playing the conservative card, sticking to safe trends and traditional attire.


But a few fashionistas added some flavour to the occasion.

The flamboyant speaker of the eThekwini Metro, Logie Naidoo, looked like a 70s rock star in a silver bling outfit.

“I use a local textile industry in Durban to make my suits and am inspired by Mumbai designs,” said Naidoo. “I told the tailor, Mr Gangran, that I have mainly blue and black suits and he said ‘What about platinum?’ So he showed me this and I said, ‘Make it’.”

Pastor Vusi Dube and his wife, Taki, again bagged the best-dressed couple award. Dube wore a sleek, R9 000 plum-coloured Italian designer suit and his wife strutted in an elegant, lustrous, green and yellow fitted dress.

Legislature deputy speaker ­Mtholephi Mthimkhulu also made a bold statement with a peach tie and matching pocket handkerchief.

King Goodwill Zwelithini looked regal in full traditional regalia. He was draped in leopard skin and for the first time wore a long blue crane feather on his head. The feather, which can only be worn by Zulu kings, is seen in iconic pictures of King Shaka.

As the king delivered his opening of parliament address, the feather swayed gently in the breeze from the air-conditioner.

This year members of the royal family were all easily distinguishable by the leopard skin blended into their outfits.

MPLs who stood out were Linda Hlongwane for her headgear, which matched her lime green and bronze outfit designed by local designer Lady Love.

MPL Makhosi Khoza turned heads on the red carpet with a figure-hugging leopard print outfit.

There was little time to identfy the fashionistas as most of the VIPs walked into the hall in groups. A journalist from a national newspaper watching the red carpet remarked: “What is wrong with these KZN politicians? They’re all walking in a row in a rush like they’re going to school. You must see the Jozi politicians — they know how to pose!”

But legislature staff said that yesterday was all about tradition and some real show-stoppers could be expected today, when Premier Zweli Mkhize delivers his state of the province address.

• tharuna.devchand@witness.co.za

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