The Safta red carpet show-off!

We spot the wowzers as well as the dumpy and frumpy

It was an epic battle of the belles on this year’s SA Film and Television Awards (Saftas) red carpet. The event, which took place over two days last weekend, was held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, north of Joburg.

Since the event was televised live and by now all know who took home a Golden Horn or two, let’s talk about the red carpet fashion.

First on our radar was Minnie Dlamini, who rocked up in a cream two-piece floor sweeper by Asanda Madyibi. The fishtail skirt hugged her while the silver-studded top emphasised her figure. We just wish the draping had been better on the skirt so that we didn’t see the Spanx line underneath.

A serious wowzer was The Link presenter Lerato Kganyago, who was a knockout in a Pallu sparkling number with a teasingly low-low back. Her fashion sense is certainly improving, along with her profile.

A surprise was Pam Andrews, who, like those orange Jersey Shore women, has taken trashy chic to heart. She was endearing in virginal white with a short train, silver strappy sandals, and hair and make-up straight out of the glorious Hollywood 40s. The girl sure cleans up good.

But some ladies left us speechless – and not in a good way. 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls actress Mbali Maphumulo dressed like she was heading to a 70s disco party. White shorts, black pantihose and knee-high patched boots.

Miss Maphumulo, Barbarella called. She wants you to stop stealing her wardrobe ideas.

And then Katlego Danke had to leave us reeling in a fantasy tomato factory princess dress, all red ruffles and ruching. Note to designer Lindani Ndwandwa: short folks should wear dresses that make them taller.

Boitumelo Thulo is fast becoming adept at manipulating the red carpet. The young starlet arrived in the arms of fading model Stevel Marc. With both needing to be relevant, we smell a publicity stunt.

Another suspect couple on the Safta carpet was Generations co-stars Mandla Gaduka and Xoli Zondi. Gaduka was dumpy and Zondi frumpy. Generations veteran Menzi Ngubane and his wife, Lerato, tried in complementing purple outfits.

Things got a bit tedious after a while, so we made our way inside only to discover the media was stuck in a room with a TV and bad sound. We really don’t mind media rooms, but not when they hamper our jobs. Maybe Zamatungwa Mkosi, chief executive of the National Film and Video Foundation, who put the Saftas together, should take a closer look at this issue next year.

At least US movie star Samuel L Jackson’s surprise showing put a smile on our faces.

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