When you hear the words “red carpet,” what comes to mind?
Glamour? Opulence? Style? Evening Gowns? Tuxedos? Breath-taking designs?
Then, when you hear the words, “South African red carpet,” what comes to mind?
Well, by the looks of things, clearly nothing good.
Time and time again, we are confronted with a group of people who look like they all dressed up for different events but they just so happened to end up in the same place. Even when the event has a theme, our people still manage to miss the mark.
Red carpet ya #TheSearchSA 😴👎🏿👎🏿👎🏿😴😴— Keneilwe (@Dj_dishooza) March 8, 2017
#TheSearchSA red carpet is a bloody mess.— Keabe Mautla (@Kiabe) March 8, 2017
I cannot. I couldn't. I refuse to. This is pure foolishness , how do y'all walk out of the house like that for a Red Carpet? #TheSearchSA— Khanyisile (@GodlyCash) March 8, 2017
So what could the problem be?
Could it be local designers and their tendency to hoard celebrities once they get the opportunity to work with them?Or could it be our very own celebs and their rumored resistance to paying stylists for their services?
South African celebs are so disrespectful. They don't deserve Red Carpet event invites. Hire a damn stylist. #TheSearchSA— Khanyisile (@GodlyCash) March 8, 2017
#TheSearchSA red carpet issa mess!— Miss Sibo (@siboshy) March 8, 2017
The problem doesn’t seem to be an Africa-wide problem as evidenced by the yearly slayage that goes on at the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards currently hosted in Nigeria.
In addition to having an innate sense of style, Nigerian tailors and designers seem to have the red carpet on lock. If only we knew what their secret was so we could dilute the formula and come sprinkle it all over our local red carpet like a magical fabreeze of sorts.This inability to compete with the best of the best makes it easy for the masses to pick their most stylish at every year’s red carpet event.
SA red carpet outfits though? So confused 🤔🙀🙈😩 I can count on one hand who has style outchea— Roxanne Kalie (@ROXCizzle) February 25, 2017
#MMA16 red carpet fashion has me dizzy & sad! So many NO's & very few wins! People y'all need REAL stylists in your life! Hi 👋🏼!— Snap: Shiraz Reddy (@ShirazReddy) February 26, 2017
It’s not like red carpets are new to SA.
Some of these celebs have been doing this red carpet thing for a while now. Please do better #MMA16— glazed (@tinxeboka) February 25, 2017
So, for those of you famous faces with a flair for this fashion thing, research guys and dolls.
For the designers who know they’re great but just need that ONE break, never stop reaching out to celebrities. They clearly need you. The same goes for the stylists that have all the connects and know their talent.
Because you see, a celebrity is a brand so image is everything to them and what good is a squeaky clean image when we can’t see past your dirty shoes on the red carpet? If you didn’t want to be judged based on your appearance, you chose the wrong industry honey.
Main image credit: Instagram (Austin Malema)