What to wear to the Bulawayo Arts Awards #BAAZw

Will we have outfits that will set toungues wagging? Will we have celebs that will go pratically naked? The article comes hours before the big night, i hope you are geared up and your wondrobe has been sorted. Awards night can be the biggest night in ones career and its a big one for designers.

Sarah Mpofu Pic By Mgcini Nyoni
Sarah Mpofu Pic By Mgcini Nyoni

The Bulawayo Arts Awards are happening in Bulawayo tomorrow. The awards have been getting enough hype for the past few days. One thing that fascinates me is how celebs will dress up for this big event.

Will we have outfits that will set tongues wagging? Will we have celebs that will go practically naked? The article comes hours before the big night, I hope you are geared up and your wardrobe has been sorted. Awards night can be the biggest night in one’s career and it’s a big one for designers.

Just like each award ceremony we have Fashion Police” these are individuals who will dedicate the night to looking at who will rock it and who will flop.Hence it’s advisable to play it safe on this year’s red carpet

With a few hours to go, I have come up with some ideas for women on how to dress for those red carpet moments.

  1. Winter White

My fingers are crossed that one of our Bulawayo artists will bring some serious chill on the red carpet by wearing a frosty white number, maybe Lady Tshawe for her poise.

Lady Tshawe
Lady Tshawe

This colour has already been seen on the winter red carpets such as the Academy Awards; Naomi Harris wore a clean, simple, sophisticated Calvin Klein cocktail dress, while Priyanka Chopra chose a graphic-structured Ralph and Russo gown to the event.

Naomie Harris in Calvin Klein. Getty Images
Naomie Harris in Calvin Klein. Getty Images

For the dramatic effect, and because you can, one can opt for a bridal white, or play it safe with an off-white tone. If you want to be Snow-White but do not want to look like a bride, the secret is that your gown should be modern: think less dainty and edgier.

Wearing a geometric statement necklace can do the trick, chunky earrings, piling up different rings on the fingers of both hands (more is more) or bracelets of different textures and sizes are awesome ways to spice up a white dress.

Stilettos are a perfect choice to add a sexy flair to a white gown, and it is best to wear a white dress with metallic and gold shoes, vibrant pops of colour such as blue and pink, or even leopard print shoes.

I for one love the white gowns from Bulawayo designer Chante Designs, so it would be awesome to see someone in one of her designs.

2. Gothic Black

Black never seems to go out, and it’s no wonder why, it’s tres chic. You can’t go wrong with a black number. I picture our seasoned celebrities in a classic black gown, for the simplicity and elegance embodied by a black dress.

Sarah Mpofu Pic By Mgcini Nyoni
Sarah Mpofu Pic By Mgcini Nyoni

Black requires one whose presence can be felt without them needing us to notice them. For instance, picture Sarah Mpofu wearing the trend of the season, a black plunging V-neck number in a mermaid silhouette.

Yes, I just asked for another plunge from Sarah, haters can hate, but that cleavage is wassup. Give it to us Sarah Mpofu, own your look and rock your magic.

Yaaass! For a younger celebrity, it would be so punk rock to see them in a non-traditional black look, maybe a black catsuit.

Litso Designs are great for the edgy non-traditional girl. Take a page out of Luthando Shosha’s SAMA black leather dress. A black outfit goes well with barely-there-to-see strappy stilettos, or nude heels to give the look of long legs.

Luthando Shosha Pic Online
Luthando Shosha Pic Online

Nude heels lead me to number three trend:

3. Champagne (nude) tones

From Chrissy Teigen’s champagne Zuhair Murad winter gown earlier this year to Pearl Thusi’s gorgeous dress from Cinnel Store, champagne colours are awesome that would add some glamour to the Bulawayo Arts Awards red carpet.

Chrissy Teigen’s champagne Zuhair Murad winter gown Pic Source Online
Chrissy Teigen’s champagne Zuhair Murad winter gown Pic Source Online

For someone daring, I’m thinking Donna Nc, it would be great for her to push the fashion boundaries by rocking a champagne, figure hugging dress with sheer cut-outs.

4. Metallics

The subtle shimmer is all the rage this winter, thanks to celebrities such Halle Berry’s Versace number and Bonang’s Gert-Johan Coetzee golden gown.  Champagne and metallic gowns go well with strappy black heels or nude shoes.

5. Off-the-shoulder, Cold Shoulder and Long Sleeves

Off-the-shoulder dresses have been the rage for a couple of seasons, and winter 2017 is no exception. However, I’m really feeling the cold shoulder or one arm trend from the late 90s to the early 2000s.

The cold shoulder, like the winter white, would bring that “bouzhee” iciness on the red carpet. Long sleeves and oversized long sleeves for that matter are the newest trends seen on runways globally.

Wearing a long sleeve gown such Ruth Nega’s Oscars 2017 Valentino gown.  Long sleeves would actually, at least in my book, be the sexiest look of the night, showing that you can be beautiful and modest.