Many can attest to the fact 2016 was definitely the year of highs and and lows.
And when it comes to celebrities and their fashion choices, the same can be said. Some nailed it consistently with impeccable style, while others opted to look expensively tortured.
As we wrap up the year, we take a look at the best dressed female celebrities in South Africa.
Bonang Matheba has been the undisputed Queen of impeccable chic for a few years now, at least when it comes to South African celebrity land. Inside The 10 Things Everyone Is Dying To See On Bonang’s Upcoming Book, we begged the 29 year old to share her supreme style secrets for posterity. In 2016, Matheba was able to top the best dressed list at the MTV African Music Awards with all her outfit changes, even though she only found out days before the event that she’ll be replacing Trevor Noah as the host.
Well, here’s hoping everyone will be able to grab a couple of tips jotted by the Style Queen herself!
At the beginning of 2016, she vowed to her fans that she would be pursuing more and better for herself on Instagram. And not only has the actress had a big year in front of the cameras in the past year, she’s also upped her game in threads!
What we love about Dineo Moeketsi is that she does not avoid a bit of drama. Her style choices for the red carpet are always over the top and jaw dropping. She loves playing around with different silhouettes, drapes, frills, prints and sheer. Girl, get them.
It goes without saying that Nandi Madida never gets it wrong. Ever!
The mother of one, actress and fashion designer wowed crowds and the press at the BET awards in the US earlier this year with her stunning dress from her clothing line Colour. She landed on Best Dressed Lists on big publications such as Elle and E! News across the Atlantic.
Here at home, we are used to Nandi getting things perfectly right with her style. In 2016, she served maternity goals.
Nomuzi Mabena is fierce and bold – it’s all evident in her style. She’s had a great year with no less than 5 television shows under her belt, leaving Cashtime Fam to start her own record label which will house her upcoming album, the Recipe rapper did all the cooking this year. Together with all of that, she made sure her style does not get compromised.
The face of Adidas keeps fans on their toes with her fashion choices and in particular, her clear penchant for interesting accessories. Last year it was all about the choker on her thighs and the beaded crown. We’ve been enjoying the shades this year!
Look, we aren’t opening up a platform to discuss whether or not Luthando Shosha aka Loot Love is a style icon. It’s a fact!
We find her so absolutely refreshing in the game. We love her constant play on androgyny. She’s a helpless sneaker – head who does not mind wearing some of her fave kicks with a dress.
The way she switches between feminine and masculine styles makes her stand out. She’s so true to herself it couldn’t be more obvious.
Well of course! This whole list would have lost credibility had Sarah Langa not been featured. Her whole Instagram account could be a trip for hours. The Stylista ambassador and face of Woolworths quite evidently loves fashion and is not scared to show that off.
When Khanyi Mbau is not making headlines, something she wore is.
The Katch It With Khanyi host clearly loves playing around with fashion on an everyday basis, if the snaps on her enviable gram are anything to go by. But make no mistake, she takes every risk left when it’s time to hit the red carpet.
We love that she never attempts blending in. She’s definitely a fearless woman, and it shows in her clothes.
When you’ve garnered yourself respect for your style through the years, you design for others.
Nhlanhla Ncinza snatched herself the 2016 ABryanz Style & Fashion Award for The Best Dressed Female Artist in Southern Africa. Deservedly so.
The Mafikizolo singer boasts a 20 year musical career with hundreds of different vibrant looks she typically rocks for the iconic duo’s stage performances, and she still manages to get things exciting and just right all the time.
Now an award winning fashion designer for her fashion label NN Vintage, Ncinza gets to share her beautiful designs with others.
Nomzamo Mbatha is an all round winner. She’s smart, beautiful and super talented. She’s also quite stylish, and we love how she’s embraced African prints and silhouettes to live truest to her ‘Nubian Princess’ title.
“Over the years, I’ve learnt not to conform to the norm of what fashion styles and trends are”, she penned down on her Instagram as she gushed about her 2016 SA Style Award for Most Stylish Artist in TV and Film. And it certainly shows!
K Naomi makes it looks so easy. Her style is discernibly ultra glam and chic, and we love the fact that she is pretty consistent with her plunging necklines and sheer gowns on the red carpet.
Her recent looks at the Durban July and the Chevy Feather Awards were absolute winners for 2016.
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Exclusive: Mafikizolo Share Style Secrets, Inspo, Evolution!
The iconic duo reveal the genesis of their fashion, the old school Mzansi groups that inspired their style, and the secret Mama Abigail Kubheka once shared with them!
2019 came with the immense privilege of being able to have a refreshingly authentic and inspiring conversation with iconic South African Afro-Pop duo, Mafikizolo.
In a length interview, Nhlanhla Nciza and Theo Kgozinkwe distilled their more than two decades in the music business, unpacked the inner workings that have sustained their longevity, as well as insights on their looming album, which is slated for release sometime this year.
When Mafikizolo is not dominating the charts with their rich discography of timeless classics and ever banging dance bops, the group is constantly turning heads for their fashion.
And with a few style awards in their bag, and Nhlanhla’s NN Vintage clothing line in the mix, it’s unsurprising that fashion, aesthetic, personal branding and image have always been top of mind for them.
In the year 2000, Mafikizolo had already ascended to the forefront of pop culture with their bujwa street style. The look was all the rage at the time, and their visual delivery of their breakout hit single Lotto became a colourful showcase of their interpretation of the look.
Yet for their next project, Van Toeka Af, they’d already dove into the Sophiatown era. Departing from the popular styles of the time, the Ndihambe Nawe hitmakers were already sourcing vintage ideas from the rich and retro repertoire of 1960s and 1970’s South African trends.
And while they are now known as style icons who’ve stood the test of time, both in terms of their musical performance and their ever evolving style, it didn’t always look so well put together!
“It was funny style wise at first”, Theo told us, unable to hold back the laughter. “It was funny, but I guess we were growing up and we were still finding our feet, as much as we were still finding our feet with the music. As we grew we got to find our unique way of dress and as we grew we started to maintain. And… here we are today!”
Even with these style hits and misses on their way into the music industry, the group had already been mindful of the role played by styling in the elevation of stage presence.
“Fashion has always been important to us, it’s always played a big role”, Nhlanhla revealed.
“I remember when we were started out, we were surrounded by megastars at Kalawa, you know your Boom Shakas, Trompies, Brothers of Peace… just to name a few. And the only thing we had when we shared the stage with them was the image and the stage presentation.”
“People didn’t know our songs and we had o share a role with these giants. That’s where image came in and played a big role. That’s where stage presentation in terms of the dance routines and having dancers played a big role.”
It’s something the up and coming artists of this generation can learn. The importance of cultivating and refining a cohesive style book for the performances, as well inspired fashion themes for their musical eras.
“With us, we’ve always been inspired by the bands before us, both local and international. Your Boom Shaka, Bongo Maffin, even Trompies. We knew that when you get onstage you just go in. You need to go backstage, you need to change. You actually need an attire!” Nhlanhla added.
Learning from the legends of the game is also essential, as Nhlanhla revealed.
“Mama Abogail Kubheka once said me this one time, “You know how I get rid of the nerves? I always look my best.” Every time you get onstage you don’t know what to expect. You don’t know if people will love you or not. So the most important thing to do is to grab people’s attention by how you look before even opening your mouth to sing. That kinda stuck with in my head.”
As with the music, Mafikizolo found their inspiration from acts that came before them. In the late 1990s, RnB groups and solo acts were all the rage, and so were their looks. The Sibongile hitmakers had already modelled their visual presence on the day’s most popular atcs.
“We started this thing even before going in the music industry. He was performing in a boy band, Boys II Men”, Nhlanhla, reminiscing on their beginnings in Soweto.
“I was doing my own thing, Toni Braxton! I was cutting my hair short like Toni Braxton. I would get a similar dress and they would make sure they get their Boys II Men suits and those flower ties. They’d wear these white shirts and flower ties. It’s something we learned even before entering the music industry.”
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Bonang Slays With Dazzling Outfits in Lagos!
The good sis was a showstopper at the Nigerian awards glint.
This time last year, Bonang Matheba was just weeks away from the launch of her bestselling House of BNG bubbly, which she debuted at an exclusive upper echelon gathering attended by a bevy of South Africa’s biggest celebrities.
And just days into 2020, the media darling proved her chops are sharper than ever as she stunned an A-lister filled audience at the Soundcity MVP Awards Festival!
Held in Lagos, Nigeria at the Eko Convention Centre, the glitzy shindig honoured the finest in the African music industry. Our golden girl piloted the show, and kept everyone stunned with her multiple outfit changes.
Bonang opened the big night in a glittering Erica Moore gown. The host was a vision in the shimmering frock, which revealed one side of her upper body.
Queen B accessorised her look with diamond jewellery, which elevated her chic look. Matheba also served inches as her trademark long beachy tresses cascaded down her shoulders,
Proceeding with the evening’s business, which saw Burna Boy walk away with the most gongs, Bonang garnered herself ‘ooh’s and ‘ah’s as she showed up in this glistening red XBL dress with a plunging neckline.
She twinned in with red heels.
Not done with the outfit changes, Bonang then served boss lady realness in a gold, molten metalic suit by Olars Grace. She finished ultra glam and clean look with a ponytail.
For the after party, our golden girl a glowing black mini cocktail dress.
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David Tlale Is Giving Away A Wedding Dress!
Someone is about to look sickening in her traditional wedding dress
It appears the festive spirit of giving is upon us, and South African fashion designer David Tlale is looking to make one lucky bride’s dreams come true.
The acclaimed fashion dab hands is joining forces with Tastic Rice to give away an awe inspiring traditional wedding dress, which was showcased as part of his SS20 Collection at AFI Fashion Week in Johannesburg.
The announcement and showcase for the magical dress was attended by a bevy of notable guests, who were clad in their vibrant heritage themed garb. Spotted were Mthoko ‘Swenka’, Tracy Hlophe, Dj Sithelo who got the party going after the formal proceedings were over
The dress was worn by Zama Gcaba, who is also known as ‘Black Barbie’. The menu for this auspicious day was curated by Chef Lenstwe who ensured the guests had a proper feast.
The print from which the dress is made is inspired by a uniquely South African story of heritage and a celebration of our various cultures. “I created the dress with the bride that would win it in mind. I wanted to capture the essence of the meeting of two families and the merging of their heritage, and the spirit of celebration that surrounds the wedding day” said David Tlale.
Adding, “Every bride deserves a couture moment and I’m excited to make one special bride’s dreams come to life,” Tlale continues.
The dress was showcased as part of a collection that pays homage to David’s recently deceased mother, and fuses elements of the rice brand’s Heritage campaign that rolled out during the month of September.
The competition will be run across national and regional radio as well as social media from October, and the winner will be announced in December 2019.