Fashion fads to the fore in Bhisho

Flaunt It: Showing of their outfits at the State of the Province address in Bhisho are, from left, MECs Thandiswa Marawu (public works), Pemmy Majodina (arts and culture), Nancy Sihlwayi (social development), Dr Pumza Dyantyi (public health)
Flaunt It: Showing of their outfits at the State of the Province address in Bhisho are, from left, MECs Thandiswa Marawu (public works), Pemmy Majodina (arts and culture), Nancy Sihlwayi (social development), Dr Pumza Dyantyi (public health)

Some memorable outfits at state of province address

DAYS of preparation went into the colourful ensembles that graced the red carpet at the Bhisho legislature yesterday (20/02) as Eastern Cape belles tried to ensure their outfits were etched in the memories of fashionistas – and some were, just not for the right reasons.

Bronze and gold were the dominant colours among the province’s female MECs and MPLs at yesterday’s state of the province address (Sopa), while other guests went for some lovely, colourful pieces in amazing – and not so amazing – designs.

It was a competition of hats, nails, shoes and dress designs as guests strutted their stuff on the red carpet to hear what premier Phumulo Masualle had to say about the province’s state of affairs.

Arts and Culture MEC Pemmy “DJ Pemzo” Majodina spent three hours glamming herself up with a bronze and gold dress – with a trademark tail – and a fascinator.

“My two colours are clear – gold and bronze – because we are a home of legends. We have all that it takes to be legends within us,” she said.

“This dress was not made here. It is from the US. But I made it a point that it became me, who I am, so I got one of the local designers, Linda Sithole, to add some frills and the tail. I always make it a point to have a tail.”

For the complete look, Majodina got an early start to her day to ensure she maintained her fashion standard.

“It took me about three hours to get ready. As you can see, this is my own. So this flower is on my own hair, which has some gold in it for the overall theme,” she said.

Public Works MEC Thandiswa Marawu wore a dusty pink dress and a fascinator, the angle of which saw her having to constantly tilt her head just to see the audience.

Also keeping with the home of legends theme, Human Settlements MEC Helen Sauls-August displayed simple elegance in an Indian-inspired gold dress under a black lace shawl.

Social Development MEC Nancy Sihlwayi and Safety and Liaison MEC Weziwe Tikana bucked the theme in their green and blue ensembles respectively. Sihlwayi added a splash of colour with an orange-and-white clutch bag and matching shoes.

Nelson Mandela Bay couple Nceba and Unathi Faku also added colour with their beautifully coordinated outfits.

Unathi went for a summery glam look with a long white, green and orange dress with tail from Don Marco while her husband donned black pants and an orange linen print shirt.

Mvezo chief Mandla Mandela donned the eye-catching gladiator sandals he wore to the state of the nation address last week. He paired them with a traditional skirt, white shirt, black tie and a Xhosa knit jersey.

ANC MPL Christian Martin remembered his school days, arriving in Dower College’s old striped blazer.

Miss Eastern Cape Vuyelwa Nqweniso graced the red carpet in a silver and maroon dress, while DA MPL Edmund van Vuuren looked cool in a Madiba-inspired blue shirt from Ghana and navy pants.

EFF MPL Dinga Peter ditched the overalls for an all-red tailored pants and shirt ensemble.

-Zandile Mbabela 

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