Monday, July 6, 2015

Durban July 2015 | Fashion

This past Saturday, 4th July 2015, Durban experienced one of Africa's greatest horse racing events, the 119th Durban July (the racing event started in 1897!). This event, held at the Greyville Racecourse, is not only a racing extravaganza, but also that of fashion and entertainment.

Despite being very close to the Durban area, I was not able to attend the event (very sadly). I did, however, take a peak at the July Fever this year, with an underlying nautical theme of The Captain's Table. See below what went down this year!

Please note that the pictures below are not mine, and I have linked them to their respective official pages.

Pre-raceday Fashion Competitions:
Fashion Challenge:  
This combination is one of my favourites. Stunning model, beautifully dressed with an up-do that complements the outfit wonderfully. 
Great contrast between pale skin and lovely maroon lipstick. This is then complemented with a soft gold-undertone eye makeup.
A little bit more fun, cute outfit yet still elegant with its combination of colours and fabrics.

Young Designer Award:
I absolutely love this outfit, including from the side. The over coat and hat accompany each other so well. I love the unique detail and monochrome blend. 

Extremely unusual edginess to this outfit. Great aspects and interesting upper-body, over-the-head section.
It appears as if monochrome was a trending choice during this competition. Lower-body patterning compensates for the rather simpler upper-body.
This photo focused all my attention on the admirably almost fixed-looking makeup. I love the technique used, both with the lips and eyes. Great harmony between the makeup and outfit. I find the eye makeup particularly provoking. Absolutely gorgeous!

Pre-raceday Fashion Shows:
Invited Designer Showcase:
These are beautiful! The fabric is light, corresponding to the soft, indulgent colours used. Gorgeous look from head to toe!
Stunning incorporation of African tradition, older smartness with modern touches.
Another monochrome combination that is pleasing to the eye. Simple blend however with a balance of patterning and detail to provide it with elegance.
Unpretentious look, nonetheless consistent to the style of the head piece. Great look for pale skin.

 Raceday Fashion:
Straightforward classical theme following, yet cute and chic.
Leandi Roos and Wayne Redgard wear Brenda Waring matching outfits.

Some bold, extravagant, colourful pieces.

These show the variance in the manner in which head pieces may be created, and thereafter used. I found these quite interesting.

All the above photographs are from the Vodacom Durban July's Gallery on Picasa. 
To see more fashion statements visit the gallery here.
To get more information on the July Fever click here.

My Instagram Findings:
Of course I had to do some of my own research (some may call it stalking!) on our local celebs and how the July Fever hit them. Check it out below!

Actress Nomzamo Mbatha dressed by:
Khosi Nkosi in her chic bright red cape jumpsuit. 
From: Nomzamo Mbatha (Instagram)

5FM DJ Poppy Ntshongwana
From: Poppy Ntshongwana (Instagram)

TV Presenter Jeannie D dressed by:
Katherine Kidger; accessories from Mimco.
 From: Jeannie D (Instagram)
Mimco (Instagram)

Rapper Nadia Nakai dressed by:
Forever New.
From: Nadia Nakai (Instagram)
Forever New (Instagram)

Amanda Du Pont in her stunning haute couture jumpsuit dressed by:
Fashion designer Khothatso Laurence Tsotetsi.

 From: Amanda Du Pont (Instagram)

Metro FM DJ/Talk Show Host/Brand Ambassador for Revlon Cosmetics 
Bonang Matheba dressed by:
Gert-Johan Coetzee.

 From: Bonang Matheba (Instagram)

Can we please take a moment to appreciate the magnificence of this gown? This is close to perfection, from the gown to the hair to the makeup to the shoes to the fine accessories. The detail on the upper body is remarkably elegant. The overall grooming portrayed here results in a stunning image. I fell in love with this ensemble the moment I laid eyes on it!

With a more local and Proudly South African post, I hope you enjoyed it. If you went to the July, you are more than welcome to share your experience and pictures with me in the comment section below or via Twitter, Instagram or my Facebook Page

Thank you so much for reading in style and please do come back. See you next time!