Saying it with flowers: fashion blossoms in bright colours and exotic styles at the Durban July

2010-08-02 00:00

FROM the absurd extremes of catwalk fashion to the heart-pounding anxiety of the races, the Vodacom Durban July had something for everyone.

For over 100 years, Africa’s biggest social and sporting event has been drawing thousands of people, and this year’s Vodacom Durban July proved to be no different with celebrities such as Ryk Neethling, Danny K, Zuraida Jardine, Bongi Dube, Basetsana Kumalo, David Tlale, Lindiwe Khuzwayo and even President Jacob Zuma wandering among the crowds.

“It’s always a beautiful day and I come whenever I am in South Africa,” said South African swimming champion Neethling.

Singer and songwriter Danny K, lured by the gorgeous weather, said: “Everywhere is miserably cold except Durban. It’s like coming to the Garden of Eden.”

With the 2010 theme being “It’s a blooming great day”, fashion took a flowery approach, dazzling the racecourse with bright colours and exotic styles. Some models were adorned with watering cans, potplant hats and even garden rakes.

Sheena-Ann Unwin, Durban University of Technology (DUT) student and winner of the Young Designer Award, said: “The Durban July is entertaining. It’s also funny to see what people do and how they dress.”

Many racegoers less interested in horses and fashion socialised, soaked up the sun and dined. Others flaunted their brash fashion faux pas for the fun of it.

“It’s just a fun day out,” said Durban July regular Cheryll MacQueen.

“For me, the best part is the after-parties,” said Johannesburg visitor Welile Nzuza. “I plan on hopping around from party to party … enjoy every bit of it as much as I can.”

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