Ready, steady, Durban July

2014-07-05 09:33

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The city of Durban was a hive of activity last night as it prepared to host one of South Africa’s biggest parties, the Durban July, at the Greyville Racecourse today.

There were several hot spots dotted across town where celebs were gearing up for a good time.

Over in Greyville, fashion designer David Tlale opened his first store in Durban, surrounded by fans, customers and friends.

The store was buzzing with excitement as guests came and went. Some famous faces who stopped by included TV personalities Minnie Dlamini and Bridget Masinga.

Savita Mbuli, a long-time supporter of Tlale’s work, also wouldn’t miss the intimate ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Although he didn’t deliver a speech, Tlale said he opened the store to cater for his Durban clients, who have, until now, been travelling to Joburg to buy his pieces.

In Umhlanga, Peroni SA hosted a private dinner for its guests, including actor Tumisho Masha and singer-turned-presenter Stoan Seate.

After travelling by car from Joburg, the two joined their wives at the posh Harvey’s restaurant. It was a night of mingling, great laughs and good food and company.

At Vogue Nightclub, DJs entertained revellers until the wee hours, and Gateway Mall hosted a preview of what fashionistas will wear today.

Joburg designers Tlale and Paledi Segapo of Palse showed their creations to an appreciative crowd.

Today, the horses will play second fiddle to fashion as guests parade their garments to interpret this year’s theme, Big Screen. Designers have borrowed from film capitals Hollywood, Nollywood and Bollywood.

Party spots at the Greyville Racecourse and throughout the city are expected to pump until tomorrow morning.

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