Celebs get dressed for Dur­ban July

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The Dur­ban July – ar­guably South Africa’s most pres­ti­gious horse racing event – is also one of the big­gest fash­ion dates on the coun­try’s so­cial cal­en­der. Over the years, those at­tend­ing the grand oc­ca­sion at Greyville Race­course have grad­u­ated from out­landish getups to more so­phis­ti­cated styles. This year’s theme is “leader of the pack”, and de­sign­ers are hard at work cre­at­ing out­fits for some of the big­gest names in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. Gert-Jo­han Coet­zee will be dress­ing me­dia per­son­al­ity Bo­nang Matheba, who turned heads at last year’s Vo­da­com Dur­ban July in her sexy ca­nary-yel­low gown. He will also be dress­ing TV pre­sen­ter Jean­nie D. About de­sign­ing for the two Af­ter­noon Ex­press co-hosts, Coet­zee said he in­ter­preted the dress theme to suit the in­di­vid­ual per­son­al­i­ties of the women so that each would make a bold state­ment. Pop­u­lar de­sign house Qui­te­ria & Ge­orge have been busy dress­ing a num­ber of celebri­ties, in­clud­ing Ler­ato Kganyago, Boity Thulo, Thando Tha­bethe, Zama Ng­cobo, Le­toya Makhene and Mbali Nkosi. The pop­u­lar de­sign duo said: “The theme is about be­ing strong, mo­ti­vated to lead and an ex­am­ple of ab­so­lute per­fec­tion. The women wear­ing our cre­ations will bring so­phis­ti­ca­tion, flair and our sig­na­ture sil­hou­ette to what they wear, be­cause that is what lead­ers in fash­ion are.” Af­ter be­ing the name be­hind three of Nomzamo Mbatha’s four out­fits worn at the re­cent Si­mon Sa­bela Awards, Ri.Ch Fac­tory will be dress­ing ac­tress VJ and rap­per No­muzi Mabena for the Dur­ban July. Rina Chunga, the cre­ative brain be­hind Ri.Ch Fac­tory, said: “I will be dress­ing No­muzi for her host­ing du­ties for Vuzu Amp on the day and for her per­for­mance at the all­white mar­quee. We are in the de­sign stage of things ... I am look­ing for­ward to dress­ing her as she was our first celebrity client and it has been two years since she has been in Ri.Ch Fac­tory.” The Vo­da­com Dur­ban July takes place on Satur­day.

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Ac­tress Boity Thulo slayed at last year’s Vo­da­com Dur­ban July in her tai­lored pantsuit

Bo­nang Matheba wowed the crowd at last year’s event in her GertJo­han Coet­zee dress

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