“We’re on the list,” I told the suited security, still in near disbelief – the four words that became my induction into an evening of glamour and high fashion. VIP access to the Durban July Preview Fashion Show is hardly an offer one can refuse and it quickly became a Friday night I won’t be forgetting.
Chandeliers; complimentary champagne; tables decked with snacks and candies and a host of models and top designers – all dripping with glamour as everyone channelled their inner film star. The type of place that I admit made me feel somewhat underdressed.
After rubbing shoulders with guests and soaking up the atmosphere we were ushered into our seats for what we had all been waiting for, the single thing on everybody’s lips: FASHION.
The theme this year came in the form of old Hollywood glamour and the influence of fashion in film. ‘The Big Screen’ saw top South African designers showcasing their own unique interpretations in their collections. The likes of Terrence Bray, PALSE Hommes and Colleen Eitzen designs graced the runway, setting the tone for Saturday’s fashion spectacle and captivating the audience with some show-stopping pieces.
The show included an invited designer showcase in which 8 national designers were required to present a small collection that included a showstopper and a race day ensemble for a couple.
The lovely Poppy Ntshongwana from 5fm was the MC for the evening and after the fashions the audience was further treated to a concert, featuring Jeremy Loops, Euphonik and The Kiffness.
Gateway Theatre of Shopping hosted the event for the sixth year as part of the Fashion Experience and build-up to the races this weekend. The Vodacom Durban July is widely renowned as the fashion event of the year with all eyes on the chic and stylish on the day.