What To Wear To The Vodacom Durban July’s: Invited Designer Feature

#1 Haroun Hansrot :”It’s all about elegance!”

Durban – Air those tailcoats and haul out your pearls and plumes, it’s time to step out in breath-taking style. Travel back in time and steal the show with a light dusting off of the old rules in this year’s Vodacom Durban July theme “Posh? Oh my Gosh!”

Classy and colourful interpretations of this year’s theme will be displayed throughout the event’s programme, from pre-race day and on-track fashion, to marquee décor or cuisine, all of which cement the Vodacom Durban July as one of the hottest horseracing events on the country’s calendar.

Inspired by renowned worldwide horseracing events, this year’s theme is all about fast horses, fancy hats and the race that stops the nation. Emulating class and fine flair, “Posh? Oh my Gosh!” paves the way for Durbanites and South Africa as a whole to express themselves oh so beautifully.

“Elegance, it’s all about elegance!” says internationally acclaimed designer and local fashion guru Haroun Hansrot. “It’s taking us back to the days of old when the Durban July was only ever about elegance.”

Hansrot’s spin on the theme forecasts gorgeous silhouettes with colours suited to skin tone, beautiful but statement-making headgear and classy accessories, both chunky and subtle – all while maintaining a feminine feel.

“My advice? Dress comfortably. You can achieve posh in a variety of ways without being uncomfortable. Put a little thought into it, dress the part and ooze stylish confidence. A tailored suit can easily be accessorized with beautiful silk roses, and I’m talking about the ladies here. You can go simple or over the top, but whatever you wear, make sure you balance your look with the right accompaniments.”

What’s hot this season? Colour! says Hansrot. Glorious, beautiful, eye catching colours.

“Don’t be shy to play around with colour. Although the theme is extremely elegant, the idea is not to look staid or boring.”

Picture sophisticated new hemlines paired with luxury fabrics from flowing chiffon and delicate lace through to rich taffeta and soft satins. Classy and neat, but sassy.

“There will be no shortage of stunning hats which fit perfectly into the prestigious event’s theme, and nude footwear is making a comeback. Remember that nude shoes always make a woman’s legs look that much longer, so if you are wearing a tailored skirt, keep this in mind.”

As for the gents, be advised to look for direction at the Royal Ascot, the Melbourne Cup and Longchamp. You’ll find all the evidence you need to build classy, clean-cut and stylish look to suit you and your partner.

The emphasis again is on a much more tailored appearance, Hansrot emphasises. Trousers will be slightly shorter, more tapered and of course jacket lengths will depend on your height and torso. And let’s not forget the good old top hat – the very mark of a distinguished gentleman.

“Steer far away from avant garde and instead draw inspiration from these international events that are so famous for their fine horses and show stopping fashion. Go back in time, visualise your look and then incorporate current fashion trends. This is your once-in-a lifetime excuse to go all out, look your best and spoil yourself for the occasion.”

The 117th running of the Vodacom Durban July takes place at Greyville Racecourse on Saturday, 6 July.  More information can be found at http://www.vodacomdurbanjuly.co.za

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