High fashion wins at Durban July

2014-07-06 15:00

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Political heavyweights let their hair down at Durban’s Greyville Racecourse yesterday.

President Jacob Zuma made a grand entrance surrounded by fans and his security detail, and brought his fashionable third wife, Tobeka Madiba, who showed off her new figure in a tight-fitting, sequined and embroidered dress.

The country’s first citizen was accompanied by other senior politicians including Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele and KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu.

DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane was there in a casual grey suit with his wife, Natalie, who wore a turquoise and mustard embroidered dress with a matching shawl.

Celebrities from the world of entertainment and the arts rubbed shoulders with the high- profile guests.

Top Billing presenter Jeannie D hosted the red-carpet interviews where top designers such as David Tlale stopped by for a chat.

In the fashion stakes, guests were tasked with interpreting the event’s theme, Big Screen. But there were more misses than hits with the sequins, feathers and velvet which dominated the day.

Inside the Peroni marquee, TV presenter Bridget Masinga stood out in a sheer, cream Kluk CGDT gown. Motivational speaker Bonnke Shipalana opted for a blue suit with a pink shirt.

The Afrotainment marquee proved to be a popular spot with DJs Oskido and Sbu mingling with the crowds.

TV personality Minnie Dlamini wore a sequined David Tlale minidress and was one of the better-dressed celebs of the day.

Fresh from their trip to the BET Awards in the US, Afropop duo Mafikizolo caused a stampede wherever they went with fans clamouring for pictures. Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanhla Nciza both in red, the dominant colour of the day, strolled through the crowds as they hopped from one marquee to the next.

The wind wreaked havoc on the guests but that didn’t deter the brave fashionistas from showing some leg or putting on big hats.

The favourite, Legislate, won the R3.5?million July after an objection from his jockey, Richard Fourie, saw the first-placed horse, Wylie Hall, being placed second.

Expensive champagne and whisky flowed freely as revellers made the most of this yearly social calendar highlight. The afterparties went on until late into the night.

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