Mastertons joins NMMU, Fairview Racecourse for annual Derby Day

2017-05-10 06:02

MASTERTONS Coffee will be adding a touch of “coffee flair” to Fairview Racecourse’s annual Derby Day this year.

The event, which is a classic stake race for three-year-old horses, will take place on May 13, the first Saturday Derby Day in years.

Synonymous with the horse racing events is the dress code. Fashion at the races has become an institution with men and women using the occasion as a prime opportunity to showcase their style, flair and creativity.

Annually, NMMU’s Fashion and Textile Department hosts a fashion show during the Derby Day with garments designed by their second year students.

This year, Mastertons Coffee has taken the theme. Each student was asked to create a garment around the overall theme of “Out of Africa”, which is a Mastertons coffee blend.

The students have based their design on a blend of their choice, but all designs must incorporate an African feel.

They have the freedom to incorporate various elements of coffee from the beans to the hessian bags or the packaging. Each student presented their design concept to NMMU and Mastertons Coffee on March 17. They have a total of six weeks to create their garments.

“We are excited to be partnering with Fairview Racecourse and NMMU for what promises to be a fun-filled day of unique experiences, while also highlighting the potential and need for local businesses, institutions and talent to work together to showcase what makes the Eastern Cape great,” said Mastertons Coffee Director Ryler Masterton.

To add more to the day, Fairview Racecourse Promotions Manager Karin le Roux has lined up live acts, a kiddie’s entertainment area and food trucks with the intent to draw more of the public to the racecourse.

Paledi Segapo, a national fashion designer based in Johannesburg, will be present on the day as a guest judge for the fashion show.

There will also be a MixLab Triple B Festival where the public can enjoy burgers, beer and bourbon. National footwear brand, Cat Footwear, will also have a pop-up store selling its latest footwear ranges.

The annual Derby Day will take place on May 13 at Fairview Racecourse from 11am. Entry is free.

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