Durban – The annual Durban Fashion Fair ended in a thrilling climax at the International Convention Centre as the prestigious award ceremony shone the spotlight on the years trailblazers, and a number of the stars of the Vodacom Durban July fashion programme were honoured.
Greg Wallis, who for many years has been a pillar of the Vodacom Durban July pre-raceday and raceday fashion programme, received the ultimate accolade, named as the Durban Fashion Legend for 2019.
Wallis is a long standing mentor to emerging design talent in the region and is one of the regular judges of the Vodacom Durban July fashion competitions.
The award also included special recognition for the winner of this year’s Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award presented by Durban Fashion Fair Makhosazane Ntshangase, a student at the Lindiwe Khuzwayo Academy of Fashion.
She was named as one of the Rising Star award winners along with fellow finalists in the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award Bongie Funeka and Sizwe Mncube.
“There is a vibrant relationship between the Durban Fashion Fair and the Vodacom Durban July that taps into the hotbed of fashion design talent operating commercially in this region and nurturing the next generation of fashion professionals,” said Vodacom Durban July fashion programme director Tiffany Prior.
“The Durban Fashion Fair that is convened by Sindi Shangase does incredible work to identify, nurture and mentor the stars of the future, and it is exciting to see the students who shone at the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award being recognised as DFF Rising Stars,” she added.
“The Ethekwini Municipality has a fashion development program which is aimed at assisting young and emerging designer with necessary information, skills and also facilitating a platform where they can showcase their creativity at the annual Durban Fashion Fair.
“The Durban Fashion Fair has partnered with the Vodacom Durban July as one of the leading lifestyle event to give opportunities to the designers, and specifically the young designers.
“These young designers get an opportunity to work with different industry professionals, launch themselves and their brands in the industry and community at large and in the fashion media,” said Prior. “The event has assisted many designers in starting their careers in the industry.
“Greg Wallis’ award is richly deserved as well,” she said. “He is a tireless champions of design talent in this region and gives his time and energy selflessly to give these men and women the start they need in the fashion industry.
“The vibrant fashion industry in Durban has a lot to do with the passion of champions like Greg Wallis, and recognition as a Legend is richly deserved,” she added.
Other winners of DFF Awards
Durban Designer of the Year Award: Zama Gumede of Zaviar Fashions.
Collection of the Week: Lebogang Quieteria Kekana of Quiteria.
Best Ladies Wear Collection Award: Kwenzi Nkomo of Indoni Fashion House.
Best Menswear Collection Award: Athenkosi Mfungula of LeMFUX.
Fashion Business Award: Fabric & Bridal.
Next Generation Emerging Designer Award: Kazadi Wilson Mukeya of VFK (Victor Fashion Kingdom).
Fashion Innovator Award: Yvette Margaux Ndaba of Eve-O Designs.
Best Female designer in the African Designer Category Award: Yvette Margaux Ndaba of Eve-O Designs.
Best Male Designer in the African Designer Category: Tanzanian designer, Martin Kadinda (MK).
DFF New Face of the Year – ladies: Thandeka Phakathi.
DFF New Face of the Year – men: Austin Mbuyisa.
Plus-sized Model of the Year: Anneline Nagan.
The Rising Stars Awards: Bongie Funeka, Makhosazane Ntshangase and Sizwe Mncube