One of South Africa’s most anticipated and largest gathering in our social calendar the Vodacom Durban July (#VDJ2018) is taking place tomorrow in Durban. Serious punters, fashion lovers, celebrities and entertainers will gather at Greyville Racecourse for a day of socialising, betting as well as to enjoy some of SA’s finest music acts and cuisine.
With this year's theme being “It Is Time” , you are encouraged to draw inspiration from fashion's classic eras that have stood the test of time, and also current fashion trends that represent today's top trends.
While comfort is key, don't be scared to stand out with timeless silhouettes, bold prints, delicate fabrics as well as statement accessories and footwear. There is a thin line between looking fashionable yourself for race day and looking like you are dressed in a theatrical costume...tread carefully. Ball gowns and five piece tuxedos belong on big red carpet events or parades, this event calls for a practical and stylish outfit.
To help you decide on the right look for the day the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga and events specialists Zebra Square hosted a Gateway Fashion Preview and Concert last Saturday. The glamorous pre-race day affair held at shopping mall’s Gateway Theatre of WavePark celebrated its’ 10th anniversary, welcoming Durban’s fashion forward crowd as well as key sponsors Vodacom Red and Vodacom Nxt Lvl and associated sponsors Kryolan and Gerald Wells Hair Salon.
A number of South African designers, both emerging and established showcased their race day inspired outfits including Durban’s Brenda Quin, Hanrie Lues, Katekani Moreku, Leona Magdelene Pillay, Madelain Clark, Martin Steenkamp, Racine Lyle Meredith Denny, Sadie Bosworth Smith, Sibusiswe Msimang and Skye Pengelly. Showcasing retailers included Woolworths, Forever New, Fabiani and C Squared, offering some serious inspiration for men and women when it comes to their race day ensembles.
* Here are some of my favourite looks and trends from the runway;