ALL EYES ON THE Dur­ban July

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There was an abun­dance of sheer fab­ric and ap­pliqué as fash­ion­istas took to the Greyville Race­course in droves for the Vo­da­com Dur­ban July yes­ter­day af­ter­noon. This year’s theme was The Colour of Magic. Shades of red dom­i­nated the fash­ion at the race­course, with a lot less glit­ter and se­quins added to the fab­rics than we’ve come to ex­pect.

Cele­bville was out in force – from glam­orous po­lit­i­cal wives to ac­tors and mu­si­cians – but or­di­nary pun­ters who came to show off their finest threads were also there. With so much fash­ion on show, few peo­ple gave much thought to the horse rac­ing.

All eyes were on Somizi Mh­longo when he walked onto the race­course with three armed body­guards. When asked why he needed the body­guards, he joked: “It’s money.”

He was dressed in a bronze jumpsuit by Dur­ban de­signer Zarth. “I wanted some­thing dra­matic and this out­fit was just too per­fect,” he said.

Ac­tress and show­biz per­son­al­ity Khanyi Mbau wore an elab­o­rate mint out­fit by An­ther­line.

“The colour of mint rep­re­sents the magic in me and this tone shows the con­tented me, and the value of growth,” she gushed, adding that her shoes came from London.

“I am every­woman; a sinner, a win­ner, a mum, daugh­ter, a child, but, most of all, a South African woman – the new black. My hair game by Brands Hair Cou­ture is un­ri­valled!”

TV per­son­al­ity Lalla Hi­rayama wore a red and navy gown by David Tlale. She was ac­com­pa­nied by her new squeeze, Kent Hen­der­son, and they couldn’t keep their lips off each other.

“I wanted some­thing com­fort­able and easy to wear, but glam­orous at the same time,” she said.

Ga­gasi FM mar­quee host Jes­sica Nkosi, who was dressed by Cin­nel, was there with the Isi­baya cast.

Newlywed Linda Mtoba was dressed by McCarthy Wolff, and Phophotha did her hair and make-up. Her dress was in­spired by Princess Elsa in the movie Frozen.

Spot­ted at Ga­gasi FM mar­quee was TV ac­tress Jes­sica Nkosi. She was also dressed by Cin­nel.

“I am ob­sessed with the 3-D roses on the dress ... and loved the princess look,” Nkosi said.

One of the mar­quees to be seen at this year was hosted by Dur­ban busi­ness­man Vivian Reddy.

For the past 12 years, it has been called the Isi­baya mar­quee, but this year the name was changed to the SVR mar­quee, af­ter Reddy and his son Shan­tan.

Reddy said: “The part­ner­ship is sig­nif­i­cant for both of us be­cause we’ve both es­tab­lished our­selves in South Africa as busi­ness­men. It’s a father-and-son part­ner­ship.”

Reddy said the set-up was to ex­press grat­i­tude to his col­leagues, friends and clients in his 600-guest mar­quee.

Reddy’s mar­quee is pop­u­lar for host­ing big names that in­clude politi­cians and busi­ness­peo­ple, but yes­ter­day politi­cians were nowhere to found – pos­si­bly thanks to the ANC pol­icy con­fer­ence in Jo­han­nes­burg. But their wives were there. Spot­ted was Fi­nance Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba’s wife Norma, and Bheki Cele’s wife Thembeka, who looked marvel­lous in an embellished black minidress with a sheer top and sleeve de­signed by Mar­i­anne Fassler

She said: “To­day is one of those days to meet friends and busi­ness­peo­ple, and to ad­mire fash­ion­istas. And, most im­por­tantly, to be en­ter­tained.”

Norma, who wore a pink dress by Gert-Jo­han Coet­zee, ac­tu­ally also showed an in­ter­est in the horses.

“I love horses. But I am also here to have fun and to get away from a hec­tic life,” she said.

Norma said that, last year, she bet more than R500 on the horses, but she didn’t win a thing. “So this year, I have de­cided not to bet at all,” she said.

The Afro­tain­ment mar­quee was draped with black cur­tains with lit­tle crys­tals cas­cad­ing off the sides.

Afro­tain­ment owner DJ Tira was dressed in a red and gold pais­ley suit with gold zips on the side. Tira was friendly to ev­ery­one who asked to take pho­tos.

Spot­ted at the Dur­ban Tourism mar­quee was TV pre­sen­ter No­muzi Mabena, who looked stylish in a black dress with a touch of leather.

PHOTO: SIYANDA MAYEZA

Somizi Mh­longo

PHOTO: SIYANDA MAYEZA

Ntombizodwa Makhoba wore a pleated cross-over maxi dress by Spree and her hair was spon­sored by Brands Hair Cou­ture

PHOTO: SIYANDA MAYEZA

Phat Joe and his wife Palesa Mor­gan

PHOTO: SIYANDA MAYEZA

Lalla Hi­rayama

PHOTO: NTOMBIZODWA MAKHOBA

Norma Gi­gaba

PHOTO: NTOMBIZODWA MAKHOBA

Thembeka Ng­cobo

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