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Bo­nang Matheba stepped out in a ca­nary yel­low dress by her favourite de­signer, Gert-Jo­han Coet­zee, at the Vo­da­com Dur­ban July yesterday. The gown had a beau­ti­ful em­bel­lished bodice, which was bal­anced out by a sleek and sim­ple skirt with a fab­u­lous high slit. Bo­nang was the day’s live host of the red car­pet broad­cast on SABC3 from the event at the Greyville Race­course

The an­nual Vo­da­com Dur­ban July took place at the Greyville Race­course yesterday, and thou­sands turned out for the pony show.

The 2015 theme was the Cap­tain’s Ta­ble, an in­ter­est­ing topic for the an­nual event of­ten char­ac­terised by weird and won­der­ful out­fits.

In­vited guests swanned, air-kissed and sipped chilled drinks in their var­i­ous mar­quees.

One of the big­gest par­ties took place in the Jack Daniel’s Boom­town mar­quee, which was, in essence, an open-air con­cert with the likes of Ok­malumkoolkat, Black Cof­fee and other ma­jor artists per­form­ing.

The fash­ion had some great hits, but some even big­ger misses. YES – Bo­nang Matheba stepped out in a ca­nary yel­low dress by her favourite de­signer, Gert-Jo­han Coet­zee, and looked re­splen­dent. The gown had a beau­ti­ful em­bel­lished bodice that was bal­anced by a sleek and sim­ple skirt with a fab­u­lously high slit. She looked amaz­ing, and rightly so, as the day’s live host of the red car­pet broad­cast on SABC3. NO – Thando Thabethe went for a red and black lace pantsuit with a dra­matic train. The lace ensem­ble had all the right ideas, as ei­ther a dress or pants maybe, but in­stead it looked like some­thing out of the Addams Fam­ily. The pantsuit on its own may have worked, but the train added noth­ing to an al­ready OTT look. YES – Artist and pre­sen­ter Stoan Seate, who has con­sis­tently looked great on the red car­pet, wore a teal suit with a pair of brown crocodile-skin loafers and looked dash­ing. His black shirt was just the right amount of mute for the out­fit, which could have gone very wrong on any­one else. He pulled this off well. MAYBE – Spot­ted in the al­ways pop­u­lar Afrotainment

mar­quee was Dur­ban’s own Dream Team – three guys in black and ma­roon – who went for a Des­tiny’s Child-es­que out­fit choice. The jury is still out on the white pants, but they man­aged to make jack­ets made of theatre drapes look swaggy.

YES – Pre­sen­ter Zizo Beda went for a sim­ple black crop top look with a tutu skirt. Beda is adept at choos­ing out­fits that look ef­fort­lessly great on her, and she adds the per­fect ac­ces­sories. She looked stylish but also com­fort­able for a day in the sun and at the races.

YES and NO – Vi­vian Reddy, his wife, Sor­isha Naidoo, and Miss SA Liesl Lau­rie were spot­ted to­gether. Mrs Reddy looked great in a red lace form­fit­ting gown, while Miss SA’s white gown was dis­ap­point­ing and un­der­whelm­ing.

YES – King of Dur­ban and Afrotainment boss DJ Tira looked suave in a fit­ted mid­night-blue suit worn with a crisp white shirt and cov­etable black patent leather boots with the most sub­tle gold de­tail­ing. One of the best-dressed men yesterday. YES – Spot­ted at the SABC mar­quee, Mpho Maboi wore a glam­orous blue gown with pea­cock feath­ers at the bust. The dress had del­i­cate de­tail­ing on the front, along with a train and a fab high slit. Her dress was all the glam with­out be­ing too over the top – a look of­ten seen at the Dur­ban July.

YES – Ac­tress Boity Thulo opted for a cute monochrome jump­suit with a gi­ant bow at the bust and cut-out de­tail on the legs. Her out­fit needed no help from the chunky neck­lace, which let the great ensem­ble down.

YES – Bon­nie Mbuli wore a geo­met­ric Black Cof­fee dress, com­plete with the re­gal headdress. She looked great in the dress’ struc­tured lines and sim­ple sil­hou­ette. A win­ning look.


Dur­ban’s own Dream Team

Zizo Beda

Sor­isha Naidoo, Liesl Lau­rie and Vi­vian Reddy

DJ Tira

Thando Thabethe

Bon­nie Mbuli

Boity Thulo

Stoan Seate

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