Six invited designers have been carefully selected to showcase their talent at the Hollywoodbets Durban July Invited Designer Showcase, presented by Durban Fashion Fair. This prestigious event, synonymous with Africa‘s premier horse racing event, will feature designers interpreting the theme ‘Ride the Wave.’

Vanya and Thando Mangaliso

Designers from Durban

  1. Karen Monk-Klijnstra: A well-known rockstar in the fashion world.
  2. Kathrin Kidger: A legendary figure in the fashion industry.
  3. Kwenzi Nkomo: Representing Indoni Fashion House, this will be her debut as an Invited Designer. Kwenzi draws inspiration from the seashore, using colors and elements like shells and seaweed to symbolize her life’s highs and lows.
  4. Makhosi Ntshangase: From Sistas Felas, another new talent making her debut.

Designers from Johannesburg

  1. Vanya and Thando Mangaliso: The husband-and-wife team behind the powerhouse brand Sun Goddess, with over 20 years in the industry. Their brand focuses on uplifting South African aesthetics, blending local traditions with global trends.
  2. Thula Sindi: A renowned name in the South African fashion scene.
Thula Sindi

Tiffany Prior, the Hollywoodbets Durban July fashion program director, emphasizes the diverse mix of designers, each bringing something unique to the showcase. This event aims to stay true to the ethos of the Durban Fashion Fair by promoting industry growth and individual development.

Karen Monk

For Kwenzi Nkomo, this invitation is a significant milestone.

“The theme means freedom to me, and I took my inspiration from the sea shore – the colors of the sand, shells, and seaweed. Mine is an authentic expression of my life,”.

she said

The Sun Goddess brand, known for its luxury and South African storytelling, is thrilled to reconnect with their Durban clientele.

“We are about local traditions, local cultures, and global trends and style,”.

said Thando Mangaliso

Invited Designers and Their Labels

  • Karen Monk-Klijnstra: KMK
  • Kwenzi Nkomo: Indoni Fashion House
  • Makhosi Ntshangase: Sistas Fela
  • Kathrin Kidger: Kathrin Kidger
  • Vanya and Thando Mangaliso: Sun Goddess
  • Thula Sindi: Thula Sindi

This showcase promises to set the trend and tone for the fashion extravagance of the Hollywoodbets Durban July, highlighting the creativity and unique expressions of these talented designers.