Horseracing events have always been about glamour to some extent, but our local celebs tend to take that to the max in the name of standing out. The Vodacom Durban July is no exception – in fact, it’s right up there as one of SA’s favourite annual events with the riskiest looks! This year all your faves came to play with an interesting theme: Once Upon an African Future. Here’s who we think took a bet that paid off.

 

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Let’s start with the women in gold: Lerato Kganyago stunned in gold links and lace, in an all-in-one by the people’s favourite – fashion designer to the stars Gert Johan Coetzee.

 

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Pleats and angel wings and lace, oh my! Londie London is winning the style game in this gorgeous dress.

 

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Thando Thabooty Thabethe went bold with her shoulders, neckline and hem line, and she killed it – 3 for 3!

 

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On to the ladies who braved the race course in all-white-everything! We are fans of everything Loot Love wears these days, and this white and gold number is no exception.

 

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VDJ’19 🖤 Dress: @keys_fashion Ph. @maverick.seizure

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Mihlali Ndamase decided she’d remind us why she’s Cosmo’s Influencer of the Year, bringing old school glam to modern perfection in feathers and lace!

 

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What’s stronger than a lady in a Tux? Nothing! Suit by @orapelengmodutle

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What can we say about Sarah Langa? Absolutely nothing – her incredibly luxurious Orapeleng Modutle tuxedo and hat have left us speechless.

 

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👗 by @imprint_za 💆🏽‍♀️ by @beezybraidsza_ 💄by @sindikheswa 📸 by @caseywaves #VDJ #DurbanJuly

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Busiswa and Imprint are a match made in heaven in this dramatic black & white masterpiece!

 

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Mrs Jones played into her name’s 1950s fame, rocking a classic tea dress with a floral print and the glam turned all the way up!

 

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Jessica Nkosi experimented with a mix of old school glam and African print. We’d say the experiment was a wild success, yes? Yes.

 

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Linda Mtoba showed off her bump and her glow in show stopping head to toe leopard print!

 

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Rounding up our prints, DJ Zinhle went with a beautiful suit. A calmer option, but stunning nonetheless.

 

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On to the celebs who went with bright colour: The Queen B, also promoting her MCC House of BNG, had her friend Gert dress her as a beautiful African sunset. They nailed it.

 

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Ayanda Thabethe kept things short and sweet in a pink dress with a bold silhouette.

 

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Top model Rosette Ncwana went with a softer shade of pink and played with texture and shine for her day at the races look.

 

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Boity went with a popular approach – a glittering gown – but stood out in vibrant purple, a colour not many others went with.

 

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It’s too easy god bless the wave DREEEP IS FOREVER‼️‼️‼️‼️ #nomungathini

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And a special mention for the boyz – Stilo may have gone with an ensemble more suited to city slicking than a day at the Vodacom Durban July, but nothing accessorises like swag.