How the gospel industry in my country managed to get this suit back and in regular rotation is something I just can't figure out. Maybe it might be a misinterpretation of the scripture in Isaiah 60 v 1: "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you."
And I mention the gospel industry because they seem to be the biggest and most conspicuous perpetrators. In downtown Durban this suit can be found at clothing stores owned by foreign african nationals. Maybe its ressurection can be attributed to the african nationals.
When I see such fashion faux pas I ask myself some questions: Where are the stylists..? Where are fashion gurus..? Image consultants..? People who actually know that this kind of suit is not a good look. In any colour.
I guess it helps having good quality photography equipment. I can imagine the glare the suit creates against the flash of a camera.
Something has got to be wrong somewhere for people not to find this trend disturbing. A shiny suit, a silk shirt, an equally shiny ascot and pocket square. Talk about the spotlight personified.
Trends are seriously nothing to mess with. I was aghast when I saw a clip of the brother above, Lungisani Ntuli, the winner of 'I want to sing gospel', in this shiny terra-cota shaded suit. A navy suit would've diverted so much attention from his physical disproportions. The shiny ensemble highlighted all of them.
The creator of 'I want to sing gospel', in a shiny, ill-fitting suit himself. If the South African Broadcasting Corporation commisions a show of this nature then surely a budget must be allocated for stylists and wardrobe.
The rest of the music industry is not immune from this trend, however, the gospel industry seems to be the most affected.
I rest my case.
PG: Man to man, generation to generation.