Singer Lira. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng
Singer Lira. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng
A fashionable affair: Magents Lifestyle Apparel will showcase at the gala dinner. Picture by Simon Deiner / SDR Photo
A fashionable affair: Magents Lifestyle Apparel will showcase at the gala dinner. Picture by Simon Deiner / SDR Photo
A fashionable affair: Magents Lifestyle Apparel will showcase at the gala dinner. Picture by Simon Deiner / SDR Photo

All roads lead to Durban this weekend for the annual Vodacom Durban July  (#VDJ2018) horse racing and lifestyle event. The affair is huge, bringing together serious punters, fashion lovers and the who-is-who in the entertainment and music industry.

 Even though the event takes place on Saturday, there are a number of special events taking place on Friday as well as Sunday. Fashion and music lovers are in for a treat as Wear South Africa (Wear SA)  will stage it's first ever Vodacom Durban July Gala Fashion dinner on Friday.  

Wear SA is the brainchild of the Southern African Clothing Textile Workers Union (SACTWU), created to promote and stimulate the local manufacturing industry.  

Taking place at the Durban Convention Centre, the inaugural Wear SA Gala Fashion Dinner will complement the Durban July ‘It is Time’ theme with the evening’s own, being ‘A stitch in Time’.  If it is anything like its sister event in Cape Town – ‘Fashion and all that Jazz’ - hosted the night before the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, it is bound to be a highly entertaining and glittering affair attended by a bevy of well-heeled industry insiders, fun-seekers and those looking to get the scoop on fashion’s next big brand. 

Entertaining guests, while enjoying the sumptuous three-course gourmet fare served with Bayede! Wines (by appointment to King Goodwill Zwelithini), will be the delectable sounds of Lira along with an appearance by best-selling hip hop artist Kwesta. 

No Durban evening is complete without a touch of tradition and guests can dance the night away with KZN’s Maskandi dancers, while Durban’s very own comedian and two-time Comedy Show winner, Carvin H Goldstone, will bring it all together as MC. 

Showcasing designers include Bluecollarwhitecollar (BCWC), Democracy of Denim (DOD), Magents Lifestyle Apparel,  MCMXCIV (1994), Elle, Indoni House of Fashion (Kwenzi Nkomo), House of St. Luke (Mxolisi Mkhize), Zamani Gabela (Emerging Designer),  Mthobisi Sosibi (Emerging Designer). 

Get to know some of the designers;  

Magents Lifestyle Apparel will showcase at the gala dinner. Picture by Simon Deiner / SDR Photo

 * Magents Lifestyle Apparel by  Didier and Thei Thei:  Magents Lifestyle Apparel is a premium South African streetwear brand known for their fusion of conscious fashion and contemporary culture. Magents, meaning “the guys” is celebrated for their “Afro Vintage” collections consisting of sneakers, casual shoes, Denim, chinos, sweatpants, shorts, tee shirts and headgear. At the core of Magents is their mission: to ignite the warrior within.

* Blue Collar White Collar :  Elegant, bold, refined, yet imperfect - bluecollarwhitecollar boasts a seamless approach to fashion for the everyday classic man.  A brand tailor-made for legends across work sectors - from artists and craftsmen to lawyers and doctors – each one will find their identity woven in the threads of their garments.

Democracy of Denim (DOD). Picture by Simon Deiner / SDR Photo


House of St. Luke. Picture by Simon Deiner / SDR Photo

Indoni House of Fashion. Simon Deiner / SDR Photo

* Indoni Fashion House:  is a design emporium based in Durban, South Africa’s playground. Indoni, is taken from a Zulu phrase “indoniyamanzi” meaning “wow….this girl has natural beauty”. Founded by Kwenzi Nkomo, an inspired black woman from Lamontville Township, a place often referred to as the “root of all South African townships”, her passion for success, fueled by her flare for Afro-inspired textures, cuts, materials and trends led to the establishment of Indoni.

* Tickets for the gala dinner are R1200 per person or R10 000 per table of ten people.  Tickets can be bought from: Afrikan Soul Headquarters Productions by mailing [email protected] The dinner starts at 7pm. 

* In addition to the gala dinner, Wear SA will also host a special fashion workshop ahead of the main event titled "Wear SA Fashioning the Future – Sustainable Fashionpreneurs" which is aimed at those looking to forge a career in the broad world of fashion.  

The event is free of charge and it will take place at Oceanic, North Beach Durban on Thursday July 5. Booking is essential – contact: Ackie Ndlovu - KZN FASHION COUNCIL via email:  [email protected]