PHOTOS: Fashion full-house at Durban July…..seeing is believing

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Greyville Racecourse was abuzz with ‘July Fever’ as crowds of punters and socialites embraced the spirit of Africa’s premier horseracing event, decking themselves out in an array of spectacular fashion items suited to this year’s theme, ‘Leader of the Pack’.

Amongst thousands of avid racegoers were many aspiring and established designers who proudly showcased their card-inspired creations, hoping for a chance of winning one of the renowned raceday competitions presented by Durban Fashion Fair.

Winner of the Gold Cirlce Most Striking Couple award was designer Pregasen Govender (left) with couple Yarushka and George.

Winner of the Gold Cirlce Most Striking Couple award was designer Pregasen Govender (left) with couple Yarushka and George.

Designer Pregasen Govender’s punk rock matching looks secured him first place for The Gold Circle Most Striking Couple award. The local designer explained how his outfits were inspired by, “The nightclub version of a suit of clubs.”

First in the Gold Circle Classic Raceway – Female competition went to thrilled Madelain Clark, her spade inspired ensemble that oozed raceday sophistication winning over the expert panel of judges.

Gold Circle Classic Racewear for Women winner was designer Kriston Holpert (right) with model Madelain Clark.

Gold Circle Classic Racewear for Women winner was designer Kriston Holpert (right) with model Madelain Clark.

Martin Steenkamp secured first place for the Gold Circle Classic Racewear – Male competition. Delighted with his victory the young designer expressed how he really took the theme to heart: “Spades are the highest suit in a pack of cards and I wanted my outfit to have a sense of power, soul and authority.”

The Gold Circle Classic Racewear for Men award went to designer Martin Steenkamp (right) with model Philani Ndwalane.

The Gold Circle Classic Racewear for Men award went to designer Martin Steenkamp (right) with model Philani Ndwalane.

Zandile Masondo couldn’t contain her excitement, as it was her third time winning first place for The Gold Circle Exceptional Raceday Hat or Fascinator competition. Her delicate red and beige creation wowed all who saw it.

Apart from the applause of the excited crowds and acclamation from the judges winners were also showered in prizes including smartphones, gift cards, fragrances and cash prizes from Gold Circle.

The award for Gold Circle Exceptional Raceday Hat or Fascinator went to designer Zandile Masondo (left) here with model Zama Nkosi.

The award for Gold Circle Exceptional Raceday Hat or Fascinator went to designer Zandile Masondo (left) here with model Zama Nkosi.

SUMMARY OF RESULTS – VODACOM DURBAN JULY RACE DAY FASHION COMPETITION WINNERS
Gold Circle Most Striking Couple
1. Pregasen Govender (models – Yarushka and George)
2. Monique Talita Botha (models – Ben and Cornell du Preez)
3. Kirshen Chetty (models – Kaitlyn and Mikyle)

Gold Circle Classic Racewear – Female
1. Madelain Clark (model – Kriston Holpert)
2. Sherwin Alwood (model – Robyn Blessie)
3. Sphelele Ntuli (model – Thobeka Dhlamini)

Gold Circle Classic Racewear – Male
1. Martin Steenkamp (model – Philani Ndwalane)
2. Teez M (model – Salman Yusuf)
3. Prince Shongwe (model – Prince Shongwe)

Gold Circle Exceptional Raceday Hat or Fascinator
1. Zandile Masondo (model – Zama Nkosi)
2. House of K & S (model – Naseema Peerbhai)
3. Yamah Exclusive Designs (model – Zuko Mila)

Photos by Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

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