Sun. Jul 21st, 2019

Durban July fashion 2019: Racewear contests – pictures

The Durban July Fashion contests have become a staple of the KZN social scene and a great platform for young designers to show off their talents.

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Raceday Fashion competition is always a popular attraction at the Durban July and this year was no exception with hundreds of entries to the contests.

Designers, young and established flaunted their creations in three categories, Classic Racewear for Men and Women, Most Striking Couple and Exceptional Raceday Hat or Fascinator. There is also an award for the best young designer.

The theme for raceday fashions this year was Stars of Africa.

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Model Harmony Katulondi models a piece created by Maman Philo Designs at the 2019 Vodacom Durban July at Greyville Racecourse on Saturday. Photo: Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media

Durban July fashion winners

Durban designer Makhosazane Ntshangase drew inspiration from zebra and earned the distinction of being named Young designer winner and claiming the Classic Racewear for Women category. Ntshangase’s winning outfit was modelled by Nonjabulo Dubazane.

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Nonjabulo Dubazane models the work of designer Makosazane Ntshangase at the 2019 Vodacom Durban July at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Saturday. Photo: Anthony Grote/
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A second-year student of fashion design, Ntshangase was over the moon that she was the winner out of so many entrants.

“I can’t even explain how I feel right now,” she said. “To see so many people coming and trying to win and I am the one that was chosen is incredible!

“I am amazed right now!

“I wanted to use the new-born zebra as an example of having to get going as soon as you start,” Ntshangase said. “It represents my start in fashion design and that I have had to learn so quickly in the year and a bit that I have been studying fashion design.

“There were so many incredible outfits here and I am still in a bit of shock that I managed to win against so many talented designers.

“If I need to apply for anything in the future I will need to have a good portfolio of experience and this award is going to help so much in giving me that platform that I need to achieve my goals.

“I am still trying to come to terms with this! It’s an incredible feeling especially because all the designers up here could have won.”

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The top three for the Classic Raceday for Women competition (from left): third place Brenda Wearing with model Eden Kadebe, first place Makhosazane Ntshangase with model Nonjabulo Dubazane and second place Nompumalelo with model Anele Hlengwa, at the 2019 Vodacom Durban July at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Saturday. Photo: Anthony Grote/
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Ntshangase revealed that her journey to becoming the 2019 Young Designer winner was a tough one, fuelled by her own self-belief and determination.

“I have always had a passion for fashion design and I am a creative person but it was only when I could make my own decisions that I decided to go to the Lindiwe Kuzwayo Academy of Fashion.

“My mother didn’t believe that fashion was something you could make money out of but I am so happy it is something that I have pursued,” she added.

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Nompilo Ngcobo in the work of Zandile Maphumulo at the 2019 Vodacom Durban July at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Saturday. Photo: Anthony Grote? Gameplan Media

In the Classic Racewear for Men category, Motho Ngema came out on top with his outfit modelled by Ray Gola.

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Model Ray Gola shows off the creation of Motho Ngema at the 2019 Vodacom Durban July at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Saturday Photo: Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media

Senzo Ngcamu was responsible for the garment that finished in second place Classic Racewear for Men category while M-Shade returned to the podium yet again with the third place outfit.

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The top three for the Classic Raceday for Men competition (from left): third place d M-Shade with model Sbo, winner Motho Ngema with model Ray Gola and then second placed Senzo’s model Damian, at the 2019 Vodacom Durban July at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Saturday.

Category is…

The Most Striking Couple Award was hotly contested but went to Lindo and Musa Mathebula in outfits that were designed by Lindo herself.

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The top three for the Most Striking Couple competition (from left): Pregasen Govender with models Pearlene Reddy and George Lambrou, winners Musa and Lindo Mathebula in Lindo’s own creation, and third placed models Siphosethu Mthembu and Zama Nhleko with designer M-Shade, at the 2019 Vodacom Durban July at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Saturday. Photo: Anthony Grote/Gameplan media

Finishing in second was Pregasen Govender for his outfits modelled by Pearlene Reddy and George Lambrou while third went to M-Shade again.

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Lindo and Musa Mathebula model the garments created by Lindo herself at the 2019 Vodacom Durban July at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Saturday. Photo: Anthony Grote/Gamplan Media
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Pearlene and George model the garments designed by Pregasen Govender at the 2019 Vodacom Durban July at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Saturday. Photo: Anthony Grote/ Gameplan media
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Sphesihle Mphanda and Lethukthula Mhlongo model pieces designed by M Shade at the 2019 Vodacom Durban July at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Saturday. Photo: Anthony Grote

The final category was the Exceptional Hat or Fascinator first place and second place went to the same designer.

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The top three for the Exceptional Raceday Hat or Fascinator competition (from left): third place Nana with model Senemo Mofokeng, winning fascinator worn by Kwanele Mbatha, and second place model and designer as well as winning designer Zandile Masando, at the 2019 Vodacom Durban July at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Saturday. Photo: Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media

Durban July fashion stalwart Zandile Masondo was responsible for both remarkable pieces of headwear; she modelled the second place piece while Kwanele Mbatha modelled the winning one.

It is the fourth time that she has won the competition and Masondo says that she likes to keep things simple and work with the finished product in mind.

“I try to keep things as simple as possible,” she said. “I like to just play with the fabric and upcycle things to use.

“The fabric really doesn’t have to be expensive and I try to design something with the end in mind.”

Nana of Ramp & Rail finished in third place for her creation.

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