Top Billing brings you the highlights from the Vodacom Durban July 2018
The best Durban July is where surprise wins the day – where the contender comes out of nowhere to beat the field and take the stakes. It applies as much to the fashion as to what happens on the track – so we went to see what surprises lay in store on race day!
Jon made sure to miss the traffic and arrive on cue for an event where their theme was ‘The time is now’. In horse racing, every Vodacom Durban July is the culmination of years invested in bringing each of the contenders to peak readiness. For designers it’s
about capturing the moment, and to Craig Jacobs that means understanding where fashion is and coming at it from an angle all your own.
Image courtesy of www.wearsouthafrican.co.za
Some of South Africa’s biggest names have made their first, major statement by winning at the Vodacom Durban July. Georgina Brink did it with an outfit as fine in detail as bone china and carrying a proudly, pan-African message.
For his take on classic race wear for men, winning designer Nkosi Mhlungu blurred the lines and delivered this arresting, masculine interpretation of a traditionally feminine fabric.
Jonathan Boynton-Lee wearing Tailor Me
Winning the day from amongst a highly competitive field for Women’s Classic Race wear, designer Zandile Maphumulo looked back in time for her nineteenth century inspiration.
When race day called for a most striking couple, Brenda Warring answered. Hat-makers wait all year for this, their finest hour and Judan Naidoo took top honours.
There was drama and passion in every outfit by David Tlale as he accepted Vodacom’s challenge to design a signature collection in red.
A major purse was there for the winning as the eighteen runners were paraded ahead of what is billed as the most prestigious race on the continent.
By the time Do It Again caught sight of the finishing line, the gelding looked to have it in the bag but he didn’t get it all his own way. Pushing him to the last were Made to Conquer and Elusive Silva – but winning jockey Anton Marcus managed the race liked
A year in preparation, Durban’s biggest party never fails to deliver. South African fashion and horse-racing are both in fine health and looking ever forward.
America has their Independence Day, France their Bastille Day and we have The July. What’s not to love about this fantastic month?!
Vodacom Durban July