Durban University of Technology student Carla Gerstmeier won the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer and Fashion Challenge presented by Durban Fashion Fair when the top three were announced to a huge crowd of adoring fans at the Vodacom Durban July at Greyville Racecourse on Saturday 4 July, while the national Vodacom Durban July Fashion Challenge title went to Cailtin Shoesmith.
A panel of fashion experts made up of Greg Wallis, Tiffany Prior, Sindi Shangase and Invited Designers Hangwani Nengovhela Terrence Bray and Craig Jacobs had the challenging task of handpicking the victorious winners of the two pre-raceday fashion competitions that formed part of the prestigious Vodacom Durban July Fashion Experience.
The top-scoring creations chosen successfully reflected the race day fashion theme of ‘The Captain’s Table’, navigated the judge’s explicit brief and above all, encapsulated the stylish spirit of the annual horse racing event.
Gerstmeier won the highly coveted award with her elegant and structured design, beating out over one hundred aspiring and talented young KwaZulu-Natal designers to take home the first prize of a trip to visit New York Fashion Week sponsored by Gold Circle and Delta Air Lines.
Gerstmeier was both excited and overwhelmed by her race day win and based her design on, “the champagne served at the captain’s table, made of white champagne and black grapes, which helped me to create a bubbly yet seductive women.”
It was Shoesmith’s navy and champagne outfit that sealed her win in the national fashion competition, the Vodacom Durban July Fashion Challenge, where she won a trip to Milan.
The excited winner explained how her, “design was all about the romanticism of message in a bottle and a woman waiting at the beach for her message in a bottle.”
Sindi Shangase from the Durban Fashion Fair was impressed by the standard of the designs produced on all levels of the competition, saying the stand out designs were chosen because of their, “interpretation of the theme, choice of fabrics and garment construction and how they all worked together.”
SUMMARY OF RESULTS:
Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award presented by Durban Fashion Fair:
1. Carla Ann Gerstmeier (DUT) (model – Xia Narain)
2. Alexander Cox (DUT) (model – Ane Strydom)
3. Kimosha Ganas (DUT) (model – Tayla Horn)
Vodacom Durban July Fashion Challenge Award presented by Durban Fashion Fair:
1. Caitlin Shoesmith (model -Tyler Moolan)
2. Bianca van Rooyen (model – Kendal McGlashan)
3. Racine Denny (model – Casey Stack)