A material world

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

We all know the Vodacom Durban July is a more than just horse races; it’s one of the fashion highlights of the year. Who wore it best? And who had the best design?

Well this year the theme was ‘A Material World’. Glitz and glam were still invited, but the outfits that would wow the judges would be ones that were earth-friendly. Designers got creative and dressed our local celebs and models in what would support the green cause.

Durban July 2012

Fashion students also took on challenge to be creative and this year the winner of The Best Outfit went to third year Durban University of Technology student Tammy Sturrock. Tammy stole the limelight with her chic, two-piece outfit printed with green leaves, a beige turban and leather gloves. She had bare make-up on, but opted for a bright red matt lip.

Bloemfontein designer Mmuso Moilopai scooped the hotly contested Fashion Challenge award. It was her elegant hessian and checked ensemble beautifully finished with splashes of colour in the embroidery which won her the national competition. The focus was more on the outifit than the make-up, so she kept it simple with a nude lippie.

Durban July 2012

Some of the ‘A Material World’ fashion designs and outrageous fashionistas really added to the theme’s wow factor. Kayla Meyer and Justin van Niekerk, dressed by Josey Rage, with Mother Earth inspiration. We love the avant-garde make-up and rather large false eyelashes of Sharde Visagie, dressed by Lavashni Valjee. Kristelle Strydom, dressed by Nika Couture, used number plates to help complete her skirt. She also completed her outfit with a matching deep red lip, which complimented her blue and red frock.

Chantal Cronje, dressed by Hester Cronje, showed her love for our planet with her red and heart design. Red nails and gold make-up designs finished off her look.

Durban July 2012

Terraneh Pillay, dressed by Yasmin Saanglae definitely went green! We love her subtle green eye shadow.

Our local celebs also dressed up for the occasion. Miss SA First Princess Remona Moodley and Miss SA Melinda Bam went for a less-is-more subtle make-up, while Jo-Ann Strauss, in a Gideon design, also kept to a minimum with blue eye shadow on her top lid, plain eyeliner and a glossy lip.

Durban July 2012

Our Vodacom Bulls rugby players (from left Francois Hougaard, Chilliboy Ralepele, Wynand Olivier and Akona Ndungane) also looked rather spiffy and neat. Zuraida Jardine (with her lovely husband) also looked gorgeous with bold eyes, a simple pin back of her hair and a sequined dress.

Images: Anthony Grote and Dave Macleod/ Gameplan Media

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Zoe has a bachelor’s degree in motion picture medium. She loves all things beauty and fashion. When she is not writing articles for the latest issue of Clicks Club Card magazine or BeautySouthAfrica.com, she is obsessed with gel nails, lengthening mascaras and healthy glowing skin! Zoe on Google+

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  1. kunene

    Francois Hougaard! need I say more!……a fine specimen

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Not sure if I will swap comfort for style!

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpbutterfly

    Love the quirkiness of these kind of events.

    6 years ago •

  1. Vuvoo

    This year’s standard dropped dramatically, people did not bother to follow the theme.

    6 years ago •

  1. anisha

    Fab fashion at a fab venue. Will definitely make it next year. Love to go all glammed up though!

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    Enjoy the Durban July everyone!

    6 years ago •

  1. Sam

    Very creative outfits and the guys seem to have made their presence felt at this year’s Durban July. Well done.

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    The styles applied to fashion in most cases are impractical that it is only suitable for a once off event. Nice catwalk for the extroverts though who has been dying to show people what their “mamas” gave them….(wink, wink(

    6 years ago •

  1. M.Ross

    Yaaaaaaay, I did the makeup for Sharde Visagie. The dress is even more stunning in real life!

    6 years ago •

  1. M.Ross

    Haha her feather eyelashes where rather gianourmous, they where awesome!

    6 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    I think all the fashion designers done an amazing job,Jeannie D looked stunning in that nude dress

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    If only it was held in Cape Town!!

    6 years ago •

  1. julandism

    I always love to see the amazing outfits some people come up with, always a great event to spot up and coming designers!

    6 years ago •

  1. Maria Meyer

    Sometimes I wonder where these people get their inspiration from – some of the outfits these people wear I wouldn’t even wear for Halloween! LOL.

    6 years ago •

  1. Le Noir Pearl

    People really tried to stick by the theme this year.I noticed the males rather stick to safe options.I loved Minnie Dlamini outfit and Top billing presenter Jeannie D

    6 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    I loved miss sa and miss sa first princess’s outfit but not the rest

    6 years ago •

  1. Botes

    Really loved the outfits this year!!!!! I love watching the July, for the fashion offcourse!!!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Anita

    I love the Durban July, the dresses was fabulous this year. I am hoping to go next year

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    wow this is the biggest event for the Durbanites. peoeple always looking posh and glamorous and the parties are also a parcel of the event. I’m not so sure about the fitured best outfit though. Jo Anne looking lovely as ussual.

    6 years ago •

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