Your lifestyle 9.7.2018 06:39 am

Razzle and dazzle at Durban July

Samkelisiwe Kotelana pose for a photograph at Greyville race course in Duban, 7 July 2018, at a Fashion Parade competition. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Samkelisiwe Kotelana pose for a photograph at Greyville race course in Duban, 7 July 2018, at a Fashion Parade competition. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Women channelled The Great Gatsby and male partners upped their style game.

The most anticipated weekend of horse racing and fashion rolled out again and, as usual, the Vodacom Durban July at the Greyville Racecourse in Durban did not disappoint.

Nozipho Zuma pose for a photograph at Greyville race course in Duban, 7 July 2018, at a Fashion Parade competition. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Do It Again, ridden by Anton Marcus and trained by Justin Snaith, galloped home victorious after being touted at 10/1 odds.

As is the norm, South Africans from far and wide came to the party dressed in their finest feathers.

While some placed bets in the hope of making a killing, the rest were content with being spotted in the coolest marquee, rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous.

For this group, the horses took a back seat as they scouted for the fashion spectacles of the day.

The women drew inspiration from The Great Gatsby with infusions of tassels, lace, metallics, pops of vintage colour, classic silhouettes and an array of designs from suits to jumpsuits and long and short dresses.

The men stepped up their game this year and Greyville came alive with bold colours, striking prints and out-there suits.

Los Angeles-born E Entertainment presenter Zuri Hall, who initially appeared in a black ’50s-inspired lace ensemble, ended the day at the racecourse in a playful, flirty white 1920s-style flapper-inspired ensemble reminiscent of Betty Boop.

Courtney Henning (R) and Pierre Retief pose for a photograph at Greyville race course in Duban, 7 July 2018, at a Fashion Parade competition during the Durban July 2018. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The popular Amsterdam Boom Town live performance stage was set alight by ’90s Afro-pop group Bongo Maffin, who relived their glory days with renditions of their chart-topping hits and introduced fans to their upcoming album.

South African Music Award recipient for hip-hop and newly announced SABC 1 presenter Rouge was there with friend and Vuzu TV presenter Nomuzi Mabena, who looked classic in a Ryan Keys dress.

During the day, internationally recognised SA designer David Tlale showcased his talent in a red range for men and women.

– kgosim@citizen.co.za

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