PMB designer wins at July

2017-07-12 06:00
PHOTO: chelsea pietersePietermaritzburg designer Zandile Maphumulo (left) and her model Nonhlanzeko Zulu at Saturday’s Vodacom Durban July. Maphumulo came first for the best hat, which Zulu is wearing.

PHOTO: chelsea pietersePietermaritzburg designer Zandile Maphumulo (left) and her model Nonhlanzeko Zulu at Saturday’s Vodacom Durban July. Maphumulo came first for the best hat, which Zulu is wearing.

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SPARKLING dresses, dashing suits and sprays and bright colours crowded Saturday’s Vodacom Durban July as people from all over the country met and mingled in one of South Africa’s most anticipated events of the year.

With this year’s theme being “the colour of magic”, celebrities, designers and the public pulled out all the stops to “wow” at this year’s event. While the event is focused on the horse racing, people came in their thousands to experience the event’s exciting atmosphere, the beautiful outfits, the fabulous musical performances, fashion shows and to try their luck on the horses.

Pietermaritzburg designer Zandile Maphumulo made her debut at this year’s July, seeing one of her models winning a prize for the hat she designed.

With three other models all dressed in her designs, Maphumulo said all the sleepless nights and hard work had paid off.

“I am very proud of myself. The last two nights before the show, I did not get any sleep, and for two weeks, I worked non-stop in preparation for this year’s Vodacom Durban July.”

Maphumulo’s winning model, Nonhlanzeko Zulu from Ulundi, wore her outfit and prize-winning hat with pride and said she was happy she could model Maphumulo’s authentic designs.

Miss Cape Town was also spotted at the event, wearing sky-high heels and a custom-made dress from the House of Saint Luke. With her was Ice model Kristina Andreas in a dress by designer Sabie Bosworth. Both the models turned heads as they walked around the Vodacom Durban July grounds with many people stopping and asking to have their photograph taken with them.

With 48 000 people at the event, people came from far and wide. Johannesburgers Phumi Masinga, Nomonde Masango and Azi Mtshali said they had made a special trip to Durban for the event. “We made a real road trip out of it,” said Mtshali. “We came for the races and for the party,” said Masinga.

The group said they had enjoyed the event, especially the “gorgeous outfits”.

“Some of them really stood out but not all of them were in line with the theme,” said Mtshali. “We are all having a lot of fun though.”

I am very proud of
myself. The last two nights before the show, I did
not get any sleep, and for two weeks, I worked
non-stop in preparation
for this year’s Vodacom
Durban
July

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