In my Bulawayo Arts Awards “What to Wear,” article I specifically mentioned how I hoped that someone would show up adorned in a beautiful white gown from Chante Clothing. Lo and behold, the lady of the moment herself Miss Donna, came and conquered, scooping the award for Outstanding Actress for her role in “The Lost Letter” in an elegant winter white gown by Chante.
I cannot get enough of Donna’s red carpet looks, she always delivers and hits the ball way out of the park, and the Bulawayo Arts Awards outfit was no exception. It is therefore with great delight that the fashionista agreed to help in breaking down her look from last Friday.
“The dress was gold and white, gold buttons and a gold zip, with a complementing pair of gold shoes from my home collection…” Donna explains. The understated hint of gold buttons and zip against the virgin white material gave a beautiful balance between dignity and grandeur. This evoked to us a bold statement, the prima donna is a force to be reckoned and is ready for her throne. Gold stilettos were a perfect finish to wrap up this look of refinement.
“…Boss. We wanted a “She Is the Boss,” vibe. If you notice, the top half of the gown has a suit kind of feel, but the bottom half flows into a dress. You see the long sleeves and the collar gave the impression of a coat or a blazer.” Donna achieved at expressing to us that she is a #BossLady through the long sleeves, as she mentioned. The high V-neck of the
The high V-neck of the gown and the double-breasted buttons (when office-wear meets red carpet glamour) further emphasise the theme of power and control. The men’s office blazer-look has been big on the red carpet, with celebrities like Emma Stone’s 2015 black blazer gown, and Gigi Hadid’s 2017 Met Gala masculine-meets-feminine look.
Donna put every other female in a teeny tiny short-sleeved dress to shame by covering up; the dress is a long mermaid silhouette, which hits precisely at the toes. The silhouette was perfect in emphasising her hourglass frame, and in elongating her physique.
Additionally, the graceful mermaid shape balanced the top masculine half. As already mentioned, she also rocked a big 2017 red carpet trend; the long sleeves. “We considered that it’s winter, so we knew that long sleeves would definitely work in cold weather.” By choosing modesty, the fashion maven schooled us in the fact that you can still cover up and be sexy; and that true style is a comfort.
Donna’s flirty, rich golden locks were done by Sbonokuhle Ncube from Spa Centre Hair Salon. “We wanted an up-do, something that wouldn’t clash with the collar of the dress, so we ultimately went all-out with the Mohawk, for a strong, stand-out feature.” The contrast of soft, blonde curls styled into a metal-rockstar.
Mohawk was an impeccable choice as it matched the strength meets delicacy aspect of the gown. Minimal jewellery, with only a white clutch by Niki J Bags, a sultry red lip (makeup by Melissa-Jane) red and gold nails by Blessing Moyo (both from Spa Centre Hair Salon) were the exquisite final touches to Donna N’s androgynous Bulawayo Arts Awards 2017 red carpet look.