Sure, the likes of Bonang burn up red carpets time and again, but our red carpets also demonstrate our lack of readiness.
This morning those of us who are into fashion, or even celebrity culture for that matter, woke up to a deluge of images from the 2017 MET Gala, and of course, Queen Rihanna ruled the roost with her amazing take on the theme, which was Rei Kawabuko, the founding designer of Comme des Garçon.
In case you’re out of the loop, the Met Gala is an annual fundraiser held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and each year, observers the world over look to the red carpet here for the inspired looks celebrities usually turn up in. Besides being a fundraiser, the event is also a big night for the fashion industry, as this is where its legends are honoured. It is for this reason that some, myself included, think South Africa is not ready for this kind of occasion.
Former editor for the now long defunct Seventeen Magazine and podcaster Janine Jellars put it all ever so eloquently in a series of tweets morning, and while I’d like to add my own views, I think her tweets some it all up the issue very well. We are just NOT ready!
We won't have our own Met Gala until we respect: art, design, quality, craftsmanship... foundational.— Janine_J (@janine_j) May 2, 2017
Our problems don't start with celebs wearing illusion netting on red carpets. That's just a symptom of the bigger issue.— Janine_J (@janine_j) May 2, 2017
We have the talent, the designer and the stylists. But we don't respect art, design and craftsmanship.— Janine_J (@janine_j) May 2, 2017
We don't build our creative industries or celebrate greats like Clive Rundle then we're surprised by mermaid gowns. But imma sleep tho— Janine_J (@janine_j) May 2, 2017
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