The Hollywoodbets Durban July (HDJ) Young Design Award (YDA) 10 finalists showed off their creations at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping.
As fashion fever grips Durban in the lead-up to the Hollywoodbets Durban July (HDJ), Gateway Theatre of Shopping hosted the glittering Hollywoodbets Durban July Preview Fashion Show.
The HDJ YDA 10 finalists captured the audience with their personal interpretations of this year’s theme – ‘Out of this World’. The YDA is a golden opportunity for young designers to get noticed and catapult their careers to the next level.
The top three and ultimate YDA winner will be announced at Greyville on 1 July.
The depth of local talent was on show as the Durban Fashion Fair’s Rising Stars showcased their stunning designs.
A selection of Gateway’s fashion brands provided dazzling ready-to-wear looks as HDJ inspirationInvited guests and dedicated followers of fashion were treated to a show of rampant creativity, meticulous craftsmanship and pulsating entertainment.
Gateway Theatre of Shopping marketing manager, Michelle Shelley said that it was a privilege to work alongside the mall’s HDJ partners and host the VIP Preview Fashion Show again after a break since 2019.
“Fashion is in Gateway’s DNA and as a mall, we open up every day ‘runway-ready,’ thanks to our fabulous tenants.
“As a fashion focal point, HDJ season is an opportunity to celebrate our leading local and international fashion brands and pause for a pose on the catwalk as the official mall partner of the HDJ.”
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Six invited designers presented the fashion finale with showstoppers that celebrated aspirational levels of self-confidence and diversity.