PICS: The Vodacom Durban July Experience
I had never been to the Durban July before so the invitation from Total Exposure was met with a lot of excitement. More so because in it, Vodacom was promising us a taste of the High life and I was curious to see what they meant. Luckily we did not even have to leave Joburg before we got a taste of what that meant.
Before we left, Vodacom delivered the most amazing goodie bags, with us and our partners receiving cool gifts that included a brand new Blackberry, Lancome fragrances, beauty products, Emerald hotel, SOHO Spa vouchers and other goodies. Now, how’s that for building excitement?! By the time we left, I was already getting annoyed at anyone on Twitter who was calling Vodacom names for network issues. heheh. Thank you Voda.
On arrival at King Shaka international airport on Friday before the big day, we were whisked off to Southern Sun Elangeni where we received our tags and everything we needed for the next day. We had time to freshen up, have dinner before being driven to Club Empyre for another VIP Vodacom clubbing experience.
The fresh, young ones went out to party but I know myself, first of all I always feel lost in a club, secondly if I had gone out on Friday night, I would not have been able to be out all day/night the next day and the day of the race was the most important event so I stayed in. Much to the disappointment of my friends but shem, they had to be strong.
The big day, Saturday, 07 July 2012 came, there was buzz and excitement all over as people got ready to spend the day at Greyville Racecourse. I was looking forward to seeing crazy, wild and outrageous outfits but I was a little disappointed.
You should be tired of my long story by now so let’s get to the most important part of the race, the fashion!
Before we get there… congratulations to this horse, apparently it won.
I didn’t see a race, nor a horse while there and I bet I’m not the only one. I had access to the Vodacom Paddock as well as the MTV/Lifestyle Oasis so my pictures will be from those two, even though I did get some from the Celebs that were at the SABC marquee. As usual, I’m not a fashion critic so I put up the pics and you guys will decide whether you like them or not.
First up, here are the celebrities who were at the Vodacom Durban July and I’ll start with pictures we got from Twitter.
Minnie Dlamini was celebrating her 22nd birthday on the day. Her brown number seemed to be a favourite.
5FM DJ Poppy Ntshongwana
Isidingo’s Letoya Mangezi
Jeannie D in a Gavin Rajah design.
Me and my date, Melissa. Everyone went all serious and I stepped out of my box, picked up confidence and rocked this David Tlale Couture number. I was nervous but as soon as I tried it on, I didn’t wanna take it off… felt really good in it.
And it seems the boss approved. Thank you David!
My favourite outfit must be this Gideon design worn by Jo-Ann Strauss. I think it’s absolutely gorgeous, so Durban July!
Carol Tshabalala was also there.
Also spotted were Francois Hougaard, Chilliboy Ralepele, Wynand Olivier and Akona Dungane.
I don’t know who this lady is but we loved her outfit.
YFM’s Tumi Voster looked elegant.
Former Miss SA Tatum Keshwar wore a dress by a Durban designer. She’s originally from Durban.
Claire Mawisa was dressed by her friend and former SABC 1 presenter, Felicity Shiba.
Red seemed to be a popular colour on the day
Isidingo actor, Motlatsi Mafatshe also opted for red.
So did Just Curious blogger, Mablerh, who dragged me to some fashion competition at the Lifestyle Oasis village. We came second, akufani.
Pearl Thusi chose this striped dress. I love this woman’s hair.
I liked Mbali Mlotshwa’s dress. Excuse the bad picture quality.
This is the back.
I loved, loved, loved, Noni Gasa’s look! So cute and playful!
She was super sweet too.
Also ran into Dineo Moeketsi in a Gert Johan Coetzee dress.
Comedian Chris Mapane looking all snazzy next to Lindelani Mkhize and David Kau.
Azania always looks beautiful hle…
Posing with a playful Shaka Sisulu
Comedian Trevor Gumbi with Thiwe, who performed with Black Coffee at the Vodacom Unlimited Experience show.
The rest of David Tlale’s look.
Themba from Muvhango posing with fans.
new Live Presenter, Luthando.
Zuraida Jardine and her hubby Josh Lindberg.
Miss SA 1st Princess Remona Moodley with Enzo Scarcella from Vodacom and Miss SA, Melinda Bam.
I liked this suit… didn’t ask for his name.
Mika was wearing all sorts of magazines on his top, Ultramel on his waist and Pick n Pay at the bottom. Skhothane theme.
He’s posing with PJ Powers here.
Fistaz Mixwell (right) always looks so smooth! With Katlego Mokoena and a friend.
Arno Carstens performed at the Vodacom Unlimited Experience
I asked him about his amazing boots collection and he credits ASOS.com.
Tumelo Ruele is one of the artists who performed with Black Coffee
Luthando interviewing Black Coffee
Zano and the sweet Culoe De Song. Was surprised that Zano greeted me as “Just Curious”. He says he loves the blog and reads it all the time. Enjoyed his performance, you can see he LOVES being on stage…
Zakes Bantwini also performed..
Thank you to these 4 beautiful ladies for their company on the day…
Red was trending, Zandi Nkonyeni from SABC 2 also wore it.
In closing, I think it’s safe to say we had an amazing time at the Durban July, a big thank you to Total Exposure for the professionalism and a well organised weekend, and of course Vodacom for making it all possible. My first time was good enough for me to say I’d love to go experience this again.
Thanks Idah for letting me use your phone
P.S. I can’t help but wonder what Bonang would’ve worn.
Did any of you guys go to the Durban July? Feel free to share your experience and let us know which celebrities impressed you with their fashion.