Bhisho’s red carpet a fascinating haute affair

TWINKLE TOES: Nomfanelo Kota -
TWINKLE TOES: Nomfanelo Kota –

HELLO darlings! Your sassy Skinnerbek kicked off her week with some political powerdressing for the state of the province (Sopa) address in Bhisho.

What’s a state of the whatever without a red carpet and beautiful fashion, huh? And, of course, the fashion faux pas. Guests at the Eastern Cape legislature lawns last Friday mostly looked glam, with the odd exception.

The MECs did not disappoint, with the ladies looking especially haute.

Standing out was sports, arts and culture MEC Pemmy “DJ Pemzo” Majodina in her gold and bronze dress “from the US”. She looked great, but why keep the shades on indoors? Future that bright na, DJ Pemzo?

The hats! Oh, the hats! It was a competition out there. I felt sorry for public works MEC Thandiswa Marawu’s neck and back, though. The fascinator was gorge, but the poor thing had to keep her head in a gangster-like tilt just to see the audience.

Then there was premier Phumulo Masualle’s spokeswoman Nomfanelo Kota in yellow stockings and yellow peep toes . . . check today’s picture: enough said!

Next, I hot-footed it back to Bay for Pastor Nozewu’s Imihlinzo book launch at the Little Theatre at the Athenaeum on Friday night.

Umhlobo Wenene presenter and MC Xolile Sinbad had us in stitches with his jokes and looked suave in a black tailored suit and white shirt. Pastor rocked jeans, a powder blue shirt and blazer.

Ntsiki Mazwai (Thandiswa Mazwai’s sister) rocked an open back dashiki dress.

Pastor’s wife Lulu, a mum of three, looked beautiful in a cream jumpsuit with gold accessories.

Business owner Mkhuseli Jack was there with wife Karen and son Themba, who is working on a solo CD. It was really touching when Bra Khusta bought 200 copies of Pastor’s book for everyone at the launch.

Colleagues from Umhlobo Wenene, and Putco Mafani too, had some beautiful words to say about Pastor. I wonder where Mafa Bavuma was? Not that he was missed – that roaring laughter of his is more disturbing than funny.

Skinnerbek always brings juicy gossip and I am happy to share there is a bun in the oven for presenter Nomonde Vakalisa. She also confessed she is soon to be a Mrs.

At the weekend I made my way to the inaugural Saturday dance party at Soho, were DJ Dave Martin was spinning the disks for what promises to be an awesome installation of dance nights.

I loved Thea Dettman’s black-and-white floral pants with black vest, but, honey, we need to burn those cork wedges in an incinerator. Jennifer Lindridge rocked the dance floor. Here’s to more upmarket, older fun – I am no longer a spring chicken and rather like this blend of chilled adult conversation intermingled with head-bopping music.

On Tuesday Gino Fabbri’s zany new Wise Cracks show opened to great hilarity at Old Grey Club. I was there on a first date and decided the “dinner and a show” approach would do . . . only to find the man clearly never went to charm school. Don’t you abhor those guys who think just because they paid for dinner, they’ll be getting something in return? On top of it I paid for the show!

On Wednesday I attended the announcement of the new crop of Nelson Mandela Bay Top 40 under 40 candidates at The Plantation. Natalie Dempsey-Tobias has an understated elegance about her; she looked stylish in a black dress simply glammed up with a chunky necklace, while hubby Charlton Tobias wore a dark suit with slightly too long knotted tie. Charlton dear, a tie should never go over your belt buckle.

Vuyokazi Bangazi looked demure in a grey and black fitted dress paired with black kitten heels, whilst gal pal Zanele Mdodana showed off those long pins in a short, one-shoulder flowered dress. Not so sure about the Toya Delazy hairdo though.

Let’s meet again next week for some juicy details on this weekend’s Redd’s Street Carnival and more!

-The Herald Reporter

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