Parly gets a dressing down

THE glitz and glamour predicted by fashion gurus was absent on the red carpet at the State of the Nation address in Parliament last night.

Few politicians dressed to impress for the night, with most offending the fashion police.

All eyes were on the first lady, Sizakele MaKhumalo Zuma, who really worked her look. Her hair was perfect under a beautiful, fashionable hat that matched her clutch bag and shoes. She walked steadily and looking down.

Patricia de Lille looked better than last time. She ditched that boyish look she carried last year and went for a more feminine green number.

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu did not disappoint and dazzled with both her hairstyle and dress.

It was Western Cape Premier Helen Zille who stole the show. She looked like a Barbie Doll in an African-inspired dress.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane also dazzled, her natural beauty accentuated by her number.

Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, normally a trend-setter, disappointed. She walked the red carpet with a simple lime dress not suitable for the auspicious occasion.

Graça Machel looked as if she was going to a friend's party in a simple black-and-white dress.

Arts and Culture's Lulu Xingwana should fire her stylist if she has one because she was let down.

The male politicians failed to impress, most of them came in black suits.

ANC groupies Chomee and Arthur Mafokate looked cute.