Mpho Popps ruffles feathers at Wakanda Forever SA

The best dressed at Black Panther 2 premiere

By  | Nov 10, 2022, 12:43 PM  | Mpho Popps  | Fashion

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On Wednesday, 9 November 2022, all roads lead to Ster Kineokor at The Zone in Rosebank, Johannesburg. This is as people of the media, VIPs and all of our fave ZAlebs all gathered to watch and celebrate the official first African premiere of Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

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However, no one could have expected the type of turn out that the blockbuster would have as thousands flocked Ster Kinekor to get the first look into the sequel which follows six years after Wakanda has lost its king and needs to come to terms with his death. We don’t want to spoil the film, below is some inspiration as to what looks to wear on Friday, 11 November 2022, during the official South African premiere of Wakanda Forever. 
The theme for the premiere event was Afrofuturism,  and our ZAlebs had fun interpreting the looks. It marked one of the first events where the outfits did not provide overall disappointment. As such, this list will consist of the best dressed rather than focus on those that should be rather forgotten. 
  1. Connie Chiume
When you are officially the only South African star returning to reprise her role as one of the elders on Black Panther. It would make sense to be the best dressed. From a woman who had to beg for money to fly over to the US to reprise her role, Mme Connie Chiume served Afrofuturism realness in the Imprint ZA original which was only most completed by its designer Mzukisi Mbane.
Connie Chiume at Wakanda Forever premiere
Mzukisi Mbane designer of Imprint ZA
  1. Mpho Popps ruffles feathers
 The men during the Wakanda Forever premiere proved that they could step up their fashion game. Whether it was the Mpho Popps with his statement feather moment which is a custom design by the legendary Ephymol.
Mpho Popps in Ephymol
Or Robot Boii, who rocked a statement texture all-black tuxedo by Nao Serati which reads luxury from whatever angle. There were plenty of male fashion statements. 
But maybe none took our breath away as much as Black Panther 2 Soundtrack featured ZAlebs, Sino Msolo. The soulful Amapiano vocalist decided to channel his inner Riky Rick as he wore head-to-toe, literally, MaXhosa to the premiere. When Riky wore it, it was controversial, now Msolo just affirmed it as fashion. 
Sino Msolo in MaXhosa
Riky Rick in Sino Msolo's inspired outfit
  1. Anele Mdoda in her “pretty girl era
K Naomi is currently in her “redefining her brand” era following her recent nuptials and becoming a first time mom, and if this is just the beginning, then fans cannot wait to see how this continues to unfold as many touted the personality as one of the best-dressed, while also maintaining the integrity of the theme. She was in a Malondie original moment which had many giving her a thumbs up. 
But while there are a number of impressive female personalities who can make the best-dressed list,our last pick is the biggest surprise to us. Anele Mdoda is currently in her “pretty girl” era from hair changes and acceptance of her body while still working on it. But her second minimal isiXhosa inspired number which revealed leg every now and then affirmed her as one of the best dressed female personalities present.  
Anele Mdoda at the Wakanda Forever SA premiere

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