Durban July brings out the green brigade

2012-07-07 21:53

If you thought that the DurbanJuly was all about the action on the racecourse, think again: fashion, fashion and more fashion was the big star of the show.

Greyville Racecourse was awash with colour and recycled materials were the order of the day as July guests embraced the theme: “It’s a material world.”

Even the decor in the marquees dotted around the Greyville grounds was inspired by the idea of environmental friendliness.

In the Vodacom grandstand marquee, the chandeliers were made with wine glasses.

And Durban’s fashionistas proved that when it comes to the crazy stakes, they can beat Cape Town’s in-crowd hands down.

Revellers used everything in their bag of tricks to create eye-catching outfits – from plastic bags to CDs (see Phindile Mbebe’s own design below) and Ultramel custard cartons. It seems anything can be turned into a DurbanJuly outfit.

In the VIP marquees, some bigwigs kept their outfits a little simpler. Justice Minister Jeff Radebe played it safe in an all-black suit and let his stylish wife, Bridgette, steal the show in a regal neutral-coloured gown with feather accents and a towering turban.

Mzansi’s beauty queen-in-chief, Miss SA Melinda Bam, kept her dress as brief as her surname in a Gideon number.

“Can you believe this was a last minute find? I just love that the weather cooperated,” she said as first princess Remona Moodley sashayed behind her in a cream chiffon dress.

Mr SA Andrew Govender was also there in a Diaan Daniels red and black suit, ornamented with bling. Dineo Moeketsi represented Gert Johan Coetzee in a cotton-candy dress in Bonang Matheba’s absence – Matheba ditched the event for a trip to New York instead.

Former beauty queens enjoying the Greyville hospitality included Basetsana Kumalo with hubby Romeo, Jo-Ann Strauss in a colour-blocked dress and chapeau to match, also by Gideon. Her hot-but-shy hubby kept to himself.

“My hubby doesn’t feel comfortable going to events and being photographed, so he’s just sitting there on his own,” Strauss said.

One husband who didn’t shy away from the spotlight was Zuraida Jardine’s partner, Josh Lindberg.

“The only accessory that matters is the Save the Rhinos bracelet,” he said, pointing out how “gorgeous” his wife’s sequinned dress was.

Sticking to the green theme was Bridget Masinga, who wore an emerald Rubicon dress with a matching fascinator.

“I wasn’t comfortable about reusing and recycling clothing, especially for such an event, so I went for the literal green colour instead.”

Soccer honchos Jessica Motaung and Orlando Pirates’ Irvin Khoza eschewed their sport for the day to enjoy some
horse racing.

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