Scene City: Fashionistas respond to pier pressure

2012-06-02 13:00

Two-day event awash with designers whose creations impressed

The only significant date on the social calendar involving Durban the last few years has been the Durban July.

But the socialistas of this city are fighting back.

This week saw the second Durban Fashion By The Sea show kick off on the 140m pier at Moyo uShaka Marine, arguably the longest runway in Mzansi.

The Indian Ocean provided extra music, the sea breeze was a natural aircon, and the Golden Mile and uShaka Marine World provided a backdrop to beautiful clothes.

The two-day event showcased more than 14 designers including Naked Ape, Leigh Schubert, C-squared from House of Monatic, David Tlale, Colleen Eitzen, Craig Port, Amanda Laird Cherry, Craig Native and Gavin Rajah.

Most of the designers are KwaZulu-Natal products. According to the organisers, the aim of the event was to bring the province’s fashion creatives back home.

The event was a feast for the eyes.

The Durbanites looked like they had just discovered colour – none more so than one Councillor Logie Naidoo who stood out in a turquoise linen suit paired with a grey brocade waistcoat with turquoise threading and a white shirt with thin turquoise lines.

He completed the outfit with a pair of white shoes and perfectly-coiffed hair.

Naidoo – who is also the speaker of the eThekwini Municipality – sent out a subtle warning to fashionistas planning their Durban July outfits: “I have started with my outfit. The theme is Material Girl and I picked my fabric in Mumbai. It’s going to be very Bollywood with a lot of bling.”

The night ended off with the fashionable crowd partying at local club De La Sol.

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