For their first joint public appearance, First Lady Grace Mugabe and Elizabeth Tsvangirai brought contrasting fashion styles to the National Heroes’ Acre at the recent Heroes Day and Defence Forces holidays.
The second Monday in the month of August is Heroes’ Day in Zimbabwe, to honour the country’s war dead.
The wives of Zimbabwe’s two most powerful politicians picked their wardrobe carefully – President Robert Mugabe’s wife going for an understated black and white ensemble while Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife picked a conservative black suit, green shirt and spotted a black fascinator.
New Zimbabwe’s fashion correspondent Roseline ‘Skye’ Chirape gave her verdict on the two women’s outfits:
“Black and white fashions are said to defy time, but Grace Mugabe’s ensemble which she wore on Heroes’ Day is most atrocious.
I’m pro-colour myself, but I’m still of the opinion that one should not go so wrong with the traditional black and white monochromes. Mrs Mugabe’s choice of dress cries “miserable” and “funeral”.
I’m not a big fan of T-Shirt fabric that glues to one’s unmoisturised skin, but Elizabeth Tsvangirai’s fascinator and those sleek, mint-coloured patent belts won me over.
Mint is this season’s trend and fascinators are so up my street. I couldn’t say the same about that unremarkable green shirt though!
In the final analysis, I have to say Grace is somewhat – and unusually too – upstaged by the tailored and classic, edgy and bold outfit Elizabeth adorns here. The only element going against Mrs Tsvangirai is the ill-favoured look on her husband’s face.”