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2016 Durban July Fashion

Gateway’s Out The Box – Launches 2016 VDJ Preview Fashion Show

At the ever glamorous Out The Box event held recently at Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Gateway announced their 8th annual Vodacom Durban July Fashion Preview which will take place on the 25th of June 2016. 2016 Durban July Fashion – We can’t wait for the preview!

Out The Box is one of my favourite events – Gateway showcases a selection of items from stores in Gateway, and really “shows off” with the incredible variety available.  This month’s instalment and display is boasting some truly gorgeous gowns from Kathrin Kidger, an assortment of coveted Kryolan professional makeup from the brand new store recently opened, Jewels and baubles from Accessorize and impeccable suits from Shadows.  Something different is the Urban Tribe display from Gerald Wells – This is their latest hot product, and I can’t wait to try it out!  The Out The Box Box is just outside The Space store, and is well worth a look, some super inspiration as the Durban July approaches.

Beluga served absolutely divine sushi & Chateau Gateau treated us all to delicious cake! Heavenly!

Vodacom Durban July Preview Fashion Show and Concert

2016 Durban July Fashion

Preparations are underway for Gateway’s 8th annual Vodacom Durban July Preview Fashion Show and Concert which takes place on Saturday 25th June 2016 – one week prior to race-day. This unprecedented celebration of fashion and music takes place at the Wavehouse and will feature a host of top SA Designers and performers. Those attending can look forward to a race-day fashion extravaganza as well as a concert featuring Kyle Deutsch, Shekhinah, Sketchy Bongo, Jimmy Nevis, Timo ODV and Ryan the DJ.

According to Tiffany Prior, the Fashion Programme Director of the Vodacom Durban July, ‘’This year’s theme ‘Leader of the Pack’ has a very strong reference to a deck of cards, which has a long, colourful and interesting history. Designers are using the theme quite creatively and in a subtle and stylish way. However, there are also leading key words and phrases within the theme, which each designer or race day on-track entrants must keep in mind. It’s about fashion finesse, absolute class, a subtle touch of glitz, good taste, styling and flair. The theme should not be interpreted to be theatrical, but rather think fashion, trend and above all, create a look that is race day appropriate’’.

This event will feature collections from the VDJ Fashion Challenge, Invited Designer Showcase as well as key Gateway retailers revealing their interpretation of this year’s theme!

For more information visit www.gatewayworld.co.za or follow Gateway Theatre of Shopping on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – using #GWPreviewFashion2016.

VDJ FASHION CHALLENGE – 2016 Durban July Fashion

The Vodacom Durban July Fashion Challenge is a competition open to all experienced and aspiring local as well as out-of-province fashion designers. It is an exciting opportunity for fashionistas to be part of the biggest horseracing and fashion event in the country.

Competition designs should speak to the theme of subtle style and sophistication, and should encompass the Vodacom Durban July’s overall spirit of on-trend, elegant and beautifully executed designs.

2016 Durban July Fashion


The Invited Designer Showcase is by far the most glamorous element of the Vodacom Durban July Fashion Experience. Each of the eight national designers are selected because of their creativity and appeal, their experience, their participation in other high profile national fashion events such as SA Fashion Week and their current media profile.

Each designer shows a distinct and individual interpretation of the theme and will showcase their work to the public for the first time at the Vodacom Durban July Preview Fashion Show at Gateway on 25th of June and then at the Vodacom Durban July on 2nd of July at Greyville Racecourse.


East Coast Radio listeners can look forward to an exciting competition on the Damon Beard show from Monday, 20th June to Friday, 24th June. The prize includes 2 x double tickets to Gateways Preview fashion event and concert, 2 x double tickets to race day at Greyville Race course (including transfers), as well as a 2 night stay at the Gateway Hotel.

A live broadcast will take place at Gateway on Saturday, 25th of June on the Carol Ofori show. Carol will take listeners through 40 of the world’s hottest hits in her chart topping show from 10am to 2pm. Interviews with top local designer Kathrin Kidger, singer, song writer and producer Jimmy Nevis and morning show Espresso’s ever popular host and MC for the Preview Fashion Show, Zoe Brown can be heard live! Shoppers can also look forward to prize give-aways from the broadcast.


The concert following Gateway’s Preview Fashion Show will feature top local performers, including Jimmy Nevis, Timo ODV, Durban’s popular Kyle Deutsch, Shekhinah, Sketchy Bongo and Ryan the DJ.

2016 Durban July Fashion

2016 Durban July Fashion


Born and raised in the fairest Cape, alternative pop singer song writer and producer Jimmy Nevis has had major chart topping hits at the tender age of 23. His songs get frequent airplay on the most popular radio stations in the country. Hit singles to date include Heart boxing, Balloon, 7764, and Misscato. Jimmy’s recent hit single ‘’Read All about it’’ with Sketchy Bongo is a firm South African +favourite!


Sketchy Bongo hails from Durban and is fast becoming South Africa’s leading music producer. This young talent has recorded chart topping anthems with Danny K, Jimmy Nevis, local favourites Kyle and Shekhinah to date. Kyle Deutsch and Shekhinah participated in Idols a few years back, making it into the top 20 segment of the competition gave them the confidence to further their talents. Working with Sketchy Bongo has bolstered their career and their hot single ‘’Going back to the beach’’ has fast become a local anthem on radio. The combination of Kyle, Shekhinah and Sketchy Bongo will no doubt set the tone for the awesome party concert that will take place until 23h45 on 25th of June.


Once you listen to one of Timo ODV’s songs you just can’t get enough. Timo is at the forefront of a new movement in electronic dance music in South Africa. His gold selling song ‘’Save Me’’ has assured that he has become a dominating factor in the dance music scene. His single was one of the most played songs on SA radio in 2015!

Ryan the DJ

This Durban born DJ sensation has always had a passion for music since his early youthful days. Ryan’s older brother introduced his into the world of Turntablism, deejaying and he never looked back. After winning major competitions in the last two years, Ryan enjoyed residencies on both East Coast Radio and 5FM. Ryan will be sure to get the crowd going come 25th of June!

Tickets to Gateway’s Vodacom Durban July Preview Fashion Show and Concert can be purchased through Webtickets at R 60 per person (R80 at the venue). If you are at Gateway and would like to buy a ticket, please visit the VDJ box office on the ground floor until the 25th of June.

For more information on the show and line up visit www.gatewayworld.co.za


About Meredith Haywood

Meredith Haywood
I'm the Editor and Creative Director of 5 Star Durban, I Instagram a bit, I cook sometimes, but mostly I write, and edit... a lot... I'm a philanthropist at heart, and I can't resist fluffy bunnies, kittens and puppies... recently I have started to ponder what owning a goat in a flat could be like...

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