The Vodacom Durban July is not only the climax of SA’s horse racing calendar- it’s also an occasion when the country’s top style influencers parade their head-turning looks.
This year, they’ll have an excuse to pull out all the stops since Wear South Africa will hold its debut Gala Fashion Dinner. This glitzy soirée will go down at the Durban Convention Centre on 6 July, the night before the main racing event on 7 July.
Wear South Africa is a project of the Southern African Clothing Textile Workers Union (SACTWU), launched to promote the local manufacturing industry. Because Kwa-Zulu Natal is a clothing production hotspot, Durban was the perfect place for them to expand to by hosting their dinner. The affair will have its own theme, A Stich in Time, which cleverly complements the Durban July theme, It is Time.
Apart from serving mouth-watering food, a fashion show will be staged to display the country’s wealth of design talent. You’re sure to get the low-down on the hottest trends emerging from the latest apparel collections. Expect to see creations from Bluecollarwhitecollar, Democracy of Denim, MCMXCIV, House of St. Luke and much more. These popular brands will be joined by up and coming designers like Zamani Gabela and Mthobisi Sosibi.
You’re guaranteed to enjoy plenty of belly laughs as Durban-based funny guy and two-time Comedy Show winner, Carvin H Goldstone, will be the MC for the evening. Be entertained by Lira’s soulful tunes, as you indulge in a three-course gourmet meal and Bayede! Wines. Bayede! Wines hampers will also be up for grabs for the best dressed man and woman. The Maskandi dancers will add traditional African flair with their performance, and hip-hop artist Kwesta will make an appearance to keep the good vibes rolling.
Tickets are going for R1 200 each, but you can score a discount by booking a 10-seater table for you and your friends, at R1 000 per person. To secure your spot, get in touch with Afrikan Soul Headquarters Productions at [email protected]
Plus, if you’re looking to launch a career in fashion, you’ll be glad to know that Wear South Africa is hosting a workshop on 5 July. Named “Wear SA Fashioning the Future – Sustainable Fashionpreneurs”, it will be held at Oceanic, North Beach Durban. The good news is that entry is on the house! However, booking is key. So, to avoid disappointment, contact Ackie Ndlovu from the Kwa-Zulu Natal Fashion Council at [email protected].