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Sat Jul 26 03:03:59 SAST 2014

Zille plans red carpet fashion shock

ANDILE NDLOVU | 13 February, 2013 01:09
DA Leader Helen Zille
Image by: Daniel Born

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is aiming to surprise everyone on the red carpet outside parliament tomorrow night ahead of the state of the nation speech.

The veil of secrecy around her outfit - in the style of Hollywood stars - had her spokesman, Zak Mbhele, bemused yesterday when he was asked whether she would be wearing a Hendrik Vermeulen dress again.

Zille wore a purple and green flowing Vermeulen dress to parliament last year.

"I've been barred from the dress fittings. I don't know what she's going to be wearing," Mbhele said.

"I think they want it to be a surprise reveal."

Top designer David Tlale is in the Big Apple, where he showed at New York Fashion Week on Sunday, but the forward-planners organised outfits from him before he flew to the US.

Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana, Deputy Transport Minister Sindi Chikunga, Precious Moloi-Motsepe, DA MP for Potchefstroom Juanita Terblanche and the CEO of the National Empowerment Fund, Philisiwe Buthelezi, will all be in Tlale designs tomorrow evening.

Buthelezi (soon to be the wife of Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa) might be planning an outfit change when she enters parliament after strutting down the red carpet because leading designers Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel du Toit, of Kluk CGDT, also said they were dressing her tomorrow.

Kluk CGDT is responsible for the ensembles of Mining and Energy Minister Susan Shabangu, Deputy Minister of Public Works Ayanda Dlodlo and Patricia de Lille, the mayor of Cape Town.

De Lille said she would not be straying too far from the tried-and-tested suit.

Last year she wore a tangerine suit from House of Monatic, topped with a floral scarf.

Hearing that she was not on the best-dressed list last year does not bother her.

She laughed it off yesterday, saying: "I'd hoped now that I'm not a member of parliament I'd get away with this, but I guess not.

"Anyway, for me it is always about comfort - you have to sit there for an hour-and-a-half listening to the president, so I never go overboard like others. It is never a special effort for me," De Lille said.

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