A clear trend is emerging as far as the fashion stakes are concerned
Queen B, Bonang Matheba, earlier posted to Instagram an image of her Gert-Johan Coetzee dress and Dolce & Gabbana heels, and walked out a few hours later to dazzle in a sparkling, bust revealing gown with flared sheer sleeves.
Real Goboza's Sinazo Yolwa fleeked right out in a Quiteria George number looking like the epitome of luxury in that combination of velvet and a floral pattern embroidery, her thigh sticking out.
While we are not certain who the designer behind Kelly Khumalo's impressive purple gown is, we are so down for the sheer fabric panneling that bared her seriously flat abdomen. Tjo! Whoever her personal trainer is: Kelly stick to that guy! You look amazing.
Just looking at the level of sophistication metered out on this occasion, it is clear that the fashion stakes have been raised on South African red carpets. Earlier this year at the Grammy Awards, one of fashion's most relevant and celebrated voices Vanessa Friedman, who is the fashion editor for the New York Times, noted a muted red carpet that left much to be desired.
The exact opposite is happening in South African, at least from a distance. More than ever, it seems entertainers in this country are taking image far more seriously than the case used to be. No one dares step on that red carpet looking like they rocked up in a dress sewn by the local seamstress ekasi. Why is this a good thing? Entertainment is more than just about talent. In fact, talent counts for a small percentage of how one is perceived by their audience. Fashion is an integral part of it.
How you represent yourself as an artist tells the audience just how seriously you take what you do, and it's impressive to see that the stars are going all out to impress the fans who are the foundation of their success, even if it means stepping out baring all the skin (in fact, we love that, don't we?)! Have you been to your favourite retailer and looked through the rails lately? Sheer fabrication, baring skin, is on trend! And the stars - at least the ones we mention - are right on the money!
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