By Keturah Kamugasa
FOR the VIP guests there was no red carpet. Just lots to drink, a good view and tables with white tablecloths. But the guests were mostly appropriately dressed for the Miss Uganda Contest last Saturday. They arrived in style at Speke Resort Munyonyo. A blue tag with the word VIP written boldly on it put them apart.
There was a gentleman dressed in black suit, dress shirt with white bow tie. A lady guest wearing an ill-fitting gold evening dress remained self-conscious throughout the VIP cocktail.
MTNâ€™s Sheila Bwangu came in like a burst of sunlight in orange skirt and matching top, complete with head tie and gold embroidery. She was testimony of what you can do with African style and fashion.
A young lady wearing an American flag bandana was easily the worst dressed guest. She sat at Table 1 where Okello Oryem, state minister for Sports was seated. The audacious guest wore a white T-shirt and denim skirt. Itâ€™s as though she was being defiant and flaunting the rules. In fact, she was being rude.
The most indecently dressed guest was former Miss Uganda contestant Ms Jean Prossy Nandudu who turned up dressed like she was going to jump into the swimming pool. Her skirt that was split from hip to toe was akin to the wrappers that swimmers wear over their costumes at the beach. She wore a strip of cloth across her breasts leaving most of her bare.
The fact that she attracted a lot of negative attention goes to show that other guests disapproved of her attire. Her male companion was terribly embarrassed.
Gladys Mukula was the most elegant guest in her light blue dress with silver sequins and a chiffon sash running vertically from waist to hip. In her simple brown dress, draped at the back, Madame Fang Min of Fang Fang Restaurant managed to appear cool and elegant. Which was just as well since she was one of the judges.
Most men wore suits and a few opted for African fashion. Figure hugging dresses were a firm favourite even for those who had extra flesh hanging out. Indian wear, the sari and shalwar kameez (or Punjab suit) was also popular. Asymmetrical necklines and hemlines were popular both on and off the catwalk.
All these beautiful outfits were against a background of a calm Lake Victoria, a beautiful sunset and manicured green lawns.