Sithandazile Dube Brings Plus Size Glamour to the Byo Arts Awards

The 30th of June proved without a doubt that we, the residents of the city take our fashion seriously and know how to rock styles unique to who we are, we kept it one unit. From the men to the women, a kaleidoscope of different looks coloured the City Hall, evoking an air of glamour, sophistication and freedom; everything that fashion should be about. This week, help me analyse some looks that deserved awards of their own beginning with my favourite, which I hash-tagged: #SlayQueen

Sthandazile Dube
Sthandazile Dube

The 30th of June proved without a doubt that we, the residents of the city take our fashion seriously and know how to rock styles unique to who we are, we kept it one unit. From the men to the women, a kaleidoscope of different looks coloured the City Hall, evoking an air of glamour, sophistication and freedom; everything that fashion should be about. This week, help me analyse some looks that deserved awards of their own beginning with my favourite, which I hash-tagged: #SlayQueen

Sthandazile Dube
Sthandazile Dube

Sithandazile Dube aka “um’Africakazi” was my favourite look of the evening. I mean, talk about oozing confidence and sexiness! This woman understands fashion, but more so, she knows how to use fashion to express her bubbly and sassy personality to create her own distinct style. She knows her body and how to dress it well, and so one can’t help but buy into her brand.

Sthandazile Dube and Chief Koti Pic FMG
Sthandazile Dube and Chief Koti Pic FMG

The three wardrobe changes fit for the Queen that she is, were designed by the talented Sibusiso Phiri. Phiri designed a mustard-yellow, form fitting straight gown with crystal-like embellishments at the centre of the bust. Sithandazile Dube rocked this playful colour with a statement necklace.

I liked this look, because it is a happy look, and reflects Dube’s jovial personality. I would have liked it even more if the length of the gown did not cut-off at the ankle, but rather, extended the right to the tip of her toes. Be careful when rocking a straight gown which cuts of around the ankle, because it can make your look lose fluidity.

Another look the presenter rocked was a beautiful print gown, flowing, with short padded sleeves and a choker joining at the sleeves.  A rectangular cut-out revealed an emerald corset bustier (big trend), which revealed her voluptuous cleavage. Corsets are great for a woman with a big bust, as they hold the girls up. To define her body, Dube ensured her bust-line was cinched in.

M’Africakazi gave us the perfect break in her pattern gown, by revealing a peek of the emerald undergarment which extended from the bustier. This style was exquisite.

Even more exquisite was the first look, a royal-azure blue gown, which certified her Royal Highness as the Queen of Slay. It had a sheer cut-out below the bust-line, and this cut-out was perfectly placed strategically on the smallest part of her upper frame, thus defining um’Aficakazi’s waist-area. The crop provided the right amount of skin; sexy and appropriate.

M’Africakazi gave us 2017 trendiness by giving us a one-shoulder, padded, long sleeve/cape (big 2017 trend), with a peek-a-boo of vibrant Zambian cloth, while the other side was short-sleeve cold shoulder with a few fringes. The padded sleeve is great for a woman with hips, because it balances the lower part of the body with the upper part, making her look proportionate.

The high-waist, figure-hugging bottom part of the gown, which had a mermaid flare and a vibrant print cascading train (another big 2017 trend) was the perfect finish. The high waist and maxi length give an illusion of long legs while the figure-hug shows off those beautiful curves. This was just perfection.

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P.S; To purchase a Sibusiso Phiri design, contact her on +263 715 492 737.