#SONA2015 has probably been the most anticipated State of the nation address in the history of South Africa. However I’m not here to talk politics, my game is fashion and this event has been known for its red carpet appearances. The opening of parliament is a momentous calender event and its only fitting that the outfits are well thought through and executed exceptionally. Dressing up is fun and being recognized as best dressed or worst dressed is a part of the fashion game. With all the political drama that went down last night. I’d like to look at the lighter side of the #SONA2015.
1. POLITICAL STATEMENTS ARE FASHION STATEMENTS
We saw the EFF and DA making a political statement with what they chose to wear to #SONA2015. We all know the red army in their blue-collar outfits, however what was more interesting was the “all black, everything” that the DA pulled. Black represents a lot of things, in this case it was a political statement, that represents mourning. Red is obviously more prominent than black but, they were both noticed in the drama that unfolded last night.
2. STATEMENT HEADWEAR
Hats are beautiful accessories to finish off a look perfectly, I enjoyed seeing what some of the MP’s chose, from Lindiwe Maseko’s turquoise side tilted hat, to Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s dainty red feather hair accessory, which had twitter abuzz. Madam speakers towering canary-yellow and black hat was also a fashion talking point last night.
3. COLOUR OF #SONA2015
Among the colour statements of the red carpet, yellow was most certainly the popular hue of the #sona2015 red carpet. Mr & Mrs Tambo looking so well coordinated in JJ Schoeman. MP Dikeledi Mahlangu in a David Tlale dress, which I thought could have been tailored properly for her, it looked a little too big, but the colour was amazing paired with those cobalt blue shoes!
4. MY FAVORITE LOOKS
I really loved the gentleman’s outfits, namely that cocoa ash-brown 3 piece suite on Melusi Gigaba, the colour, the tailoring, perfection! I also found Mangosutho Buthelezi’s attire quite debonair and classy, I thought the red feather accessory was a great outfit finisher, contrary to some twitter comments from last night.
5. BEST DRESSED!!
Mandla Mandela and his wife have been very consistent with their Xhosa attires through out the past & present SONA’s. I love how committed they are to keeping it African and stylish. They are my best dressed for #SONA2015, they were just flawless and their outfits where well executed. The mix of the western jacket with the skirt, accessorized by those Xhosa beads across the body, and how about those slaying gladiator black sandals (i need to know where they’re from!!!!). Mbali’s Bongiwe Walaza dress was just beautiful.
4. WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO FORGET aka WORST DRESSED
Don’t have much to say about these outfits, only that I and many others would like to forget that these atrocities ever happened in our lifetime. I’m sure these ladies can afford stylists, and hope that next year they could be assisted in bringing the best to the #SONA red carpet.
It was a very colourful event, both politically and fashionably. I wish the #SONA red carpet had more exclusive coverage, i’m sure there were more “get ups” to see. I’m thinking next I’ll be on the red carpet specifically to report on the full scope of the fashion. Hoping less drama and more fashion for #SONA2016.
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