Fashion lovers present ‘The Colour of Magic’ at the Durban July yesterday, held at the Greyville Racecourse. Picture: Leon Lestrade
Fashion lovers present ‘The Colour of Magic’ at the Durban July yesterday, held at the Greyville Racecourse. Picture: Leon Lestrade
Fashion duo MNA NAM strut their stuff in black and gold. Picture: Leon Lestrade
Fashion duo MNA NAM strut their stuff in black and gold. Picture: Leon Lestrade
Guests bring the magic with vibrant colours. Picture: Leon Lestrade
Guests bring the magic with vibrant colours. Picture: Leon Lestrade
Amanda Du-Pont makes her way to the event in a tartan creation by Anel Botha. Picture: Leon Lestrade
Amanda Du-Pont makes her way to the event in a tartan creation by Anel Botha. Picture: Leon Lestrade
Rowina Mathabuthal, Layyah Chetty, Yasmin Matthee and Dilnaaz Khan dressed to impress at Greyville Racecourse. Picture: Leon Lestrade
Rowina Mathabuthal, Layyah Chetty, Yasmin Matthee and Dilnaaz Khan dressed to impress at Greyville Racecourse. Picture: Leon Lestrade
The winner of the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award was Katekani Moreku with his model Luvuyo Shoba.Picture: Leon Lestrade
The winner of the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award was Katekani Moreku with his model Luvuyo Shoba.Picture: Leon Lestrade
Guests bring the magic with vibrant colours. Picture: Leon Lestrade
Guests bring the magic with vibrant colours. Picture: Leon Lestrade
Guests bring the magic with vibrant colours. Picture: Leon Lestrade
Guests bring the magic with vibrant colours. Picture: Leon Lestrade
Guests bring the magic with vibrant colours. Picture: Leon Lestrade
Guests bring the magic with vibrant colours. Picture: Leon Lestrade
The Vodacom Durban July showcased the very best talents in SA'a fashion industry. Picture: Leon Lestrade
The Vodacom Durban July showcased the very best talents in SA'a fashion industry. Picture: Leon Lestrade
Weekend Argus writer and fashion editor Nontando Mposo works prints. Picture: Leon Lestrade
Weekend Argus writer and fashion editor Nontando Mposo works prints. Picture: Leon Lestrade
Durban - From the perfect weather to fashion hits and misses, the Vodacom Durban July did not disappoint as there was plenty to gawk or gnash teeth at. The annual event brings together fashion lovers, designers, celebrities, entertainers, and thousands of punters.

The theme this year was “The Colour of Magic”.

Capes, sparkling ensembles , feathers, and top hats were among the more popular choices.

Traditional African outfits, paired with beaded accessories, stood out.

The hues were bold colours in textures including lace and faux leather.

Head best dressed judge and fashion designer Terrance Bray said before the winners were announced he felt the theme of the day was well interpreted.

For all the fashion hits, there were some diabolical misses that belonged in a circus or at a costume party.

Some favourites on the day included a beautiful patched hooded gown by Diva Design by Brenda Quin. The dress was made up of leftovers fabric bits and pieces pieced together to make the dress.

Worn by Samkelo Ndwadwe, this was one of the most photographed outfits.

Also standing out was a gold and black body painted couple wearing very chic bracelets by designer Maxhosa Laduma, who also conceptuised the outfits.

Celebrities who came dressed to impress included Top Billing presenter Ayanda Thabethe.

Some of the marquees were lavishly conceptualised, but entrance to these caverns of opulence came at a pretty penny.

From personalised bars, photo booths and magical themes, these marquees had the wow-factor .

Guests at the Soweto VIP marquee were given an experience of the township. They forked out R2600 for a ticket, which included an open bar and breakfast and lunch buffet options.

Another marquee that hosted for the first time was The Opulence Experience.

Organiser Lisa Modisane said 200 guests were budgeted for. Tickets to this venue cost between R3000 and R6500.

The most talked about marquee belonged to businessman Vivian Reddy, who earlier this week revealed that he would be hosting the entire Afrisun’s Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Venue.

Those looking for something more informal or closer to the track, forked out between R1290 and R9600.

The Pieterse family have secured a particular spot for over 12 years. At spot 323, the family indulges in fruit flavoured gin and platters boasting sandwiches, mini burgers and desserts.

Etienne Pieterse said the July was a time to reconnect with family and get creative with their fashion.

In fact, the ladies of the family spent many late nights designing and sewing their own outfits to fit the theme.

Winners in the fashion stakes of the day were:

Best fascinator winner: Zandile Maphumulo

The winner of the best dressed race day man: Naseem Nazeer

The winner of the best dressed race day woman: Sanelisiwe Dlamini dressed by Prince Nsibande

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