Durban July Fashion Awards

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Let’s take a peek at who dazzled and who disappointed at the Vodacom Durban July.

Black Beauties: Zizo Beda, Bonnie Mbuli, Jessica Nkosi, Lorna Maseko, Khutso Theledi and Nomuzi Mabena

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Jessica Nkosi gives us a bit of shimmer, with a touch of tulle to expose a bit of thigh.

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Bonnie Mbuli decides to delve into the eccentric side of life in this out-of-the-box creation. She is all things dramatic and carries off her look with confidence. High five to her!

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Zizo and Omuhle Gela are underwhelming in simple crops and maxi skirts. The only stand out feature is Zizo’s statement neckpiece, but they both leave us wanting a whole lot more.

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Nomuzi Mabena is queening in a floor length gown with a royal inspired cape. It’s a different side to her street look; she looks edgy and stunning.

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Khutso’s gown has our eyes darting all over the place. There’s a lot going on with this dress leaving us a bit dizzy.

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Unfortunately, we are not blown away by Lorna Maseko. The sheer and feather combination doesn’t work for us and we feel her figure could be shown off in something more exciting.

The winner: Nomuzi Mabena

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We giving this one to Nomuzi Mabena, who pulls off something different with style and grace.

Red hot ladies: Simphiwe Ngema, Tumi Morake, Nomzamo Mbatha

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Simphiwe Ngema is poised and ladylike in her outfit choice. The A-line skirt gives her body a nice shape.

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We think Tumi’s dress sits really well on her and red is definitely a complementary shade against her skin. She radiates elegance. Nice one!

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Nomzamo is fiery hot in a figure hugging floor length gown with a cape. Although the cape has made many appearances on the carpet, it hasn’t lost its appeal yet and she is all things high fashion in this look.

Winner: Nomzamo Mbatha

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It’s safe to say Nomzamo heats up the red carpet in her feisty number.

Monochrome Magic: Luthando Shosha and Boity Thulo

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Can you say dramatic? King Loot looks like she’s stepped straight off the set of the Matrix Reloaded as she serves us androgyny on fleek. Like it or leave it, she has tongues wagging and heads turning.

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We don’t often see Boity in a suit, which is a shame because she pulls it off so well. This outfit is classy and chic.

Winner: Boity Thulo

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This one goes to Ms. Thulo who is faultless from head to toe, and slays with ease.

Blue ice: Phindile Gwala and Mampho Brescia

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Phindile give us an example of how not to wear sheer. The over-exposed cheeky shorts, open back detail and hint of cleavage all lead to a disastrous outcome.

Winner: Mampho Brescia

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By virtue of having no competition, Mampho takes first place in the breezy blue ensembles. We must add though that her outfit does nothing for us.

White wonders: Terry Pheto, Denise Zimba, Khanyi Mbau, Florence Mokgatsi

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The ombre detail of Terry’s dress gives it an interesting finish. The only thing that throws us off is the choker accessory as it makes her look uncomfortable.

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Ms Mbau is high society glam personified. She is crisp, fancy and glistens in white and gold. Love it!

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The element of surprise went amiss with Denise’s choice of barely there clothing. We are so over the unnecessary skin exposure – it’s a total yawn.

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Florence Mokgatsi (middle) is a bit too simple for our taste. Sad to say but her look is forgettable.

Winner: Khanyi Mbau

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Ms. Mbau stuns in her gear – she is the snow queen.

Thigh game strong: Pearl Thusi, Bonang Matheba, K Naomi

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Pearl Thusi is a goddess in a glitzy white dress. Her fabulous physique and flawless legs steal the show in this winning number.

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K Naomi takes a risk and comes out on top in her sheer gown. Everything, from her dress to her hair and make-up, is on point. This deserves a round of applause!

Winner: Bonang Matheba

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This lady is the envy of every woman’s eye in a striking gown. Bonang is the highlight of the Durban July. PS: her legs give us serious motivation to hit the gym.

Jump starters: Amanda du-Pont and Dineo Moeketsi

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Dineo Moeketsi has us guessing in a jumpsuit and dress combo that leaves us more confused than amazed.

Winner: Amanda du-Pont

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Amanda takes the cup in her embellished one piece. The intricate grapevine detail matched with the grey locks and statement heels make our hearts flutter with joy.

Better luck next year: Basestana Kumalo, Lerato Kganyago and Thembi Seete

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Thembi looks like she’s about to get swallowed by all those folds. Her space suit-inspired gown is not working for us.

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Lerato Kganyago reminds us of a model at a bridal shoot. We prefer her more adventurous side as this is too safe.

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Basestana Kumalo is overdone and it comes off a slightly tacky. When in doubt, keep it simple ladies.

And now for the gents: Cyprian Ndlovu, Vuyo Dabula , Stoane Seete and Somizi Mhlongo

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Somizi knows how to work a suit. He brings fabulosity to the fore and slays in this one.

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Vuyo Dabula executes a dapper style. He is the definition of a well groomed gentleman.

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Cyrian could’ve pushed the envelope a bit more. We can’t fault the look but there isn’t anything about it that stands out for us.

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Stoane Seete takes the plunge and rocks teal. The colour looks great on him and we love a double breasted jacket but he should have chosen a different shoe.

Winner: This is a tie as both Somizi and Vuyo sit on the throne as kings of style.

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