Ten of KZN’s brightest young fashionistas remain on course for the most prestigious title in student fashion after a glittering show at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in June 2024.

Designer Avuyile Sihlobo – DUT

The semi-final showcase for the Hollywoodbets Durban July Young Designer Award presented by Durban Fashion Fair ended with 10 student designers being selected to move into the final rounds of judging. The event also featured a display of ready-to-wear garments from prominent retailers in Gateway.

Designer Ayanda Zulu – Lindiwe Khuzwayo Academy
Designer Nontsikelelo Godlo – PMB School of Fashion

The finalists, from colleges across the province, will now join some of the province’s top designers to show off their stunning designs at Gateway’s Hollywoodbets Durban July Preview Fashion Show on June 28. They will face the final round of judging at the Hollywoodbets Durban July on 06 July 2024.

Designer Fundiswa Bhengu – Esayidi Fashion School

The semi-finalists, selected from almost 100 entrants earlier this month, paraded their race-day designs inspired by this year’s “Ride the Wave” theme. The judges faced a tough choice to select just ten impressive entrants from an array of sensational creativity and workmanship.

“I have been judging the Durban July for more than 30 years and the Young Designers, which is a recent addition to the family, really excites me because we are now seeing young, new ideas. For me, the most exciting of all is the way they have incorporated the theme and put it down in a storyboard. The technical side of the storyboard is new and exciting and the way they have incorporated the storyboard and tied it back into the garment. For me, this has been very important.”

said Greg Wallis, one of the judges who had the unenviable task of cutting the list of semi-finalists down to just 10
Designer Tamaryn Price – Esayidi Fashion School

Joining the judges was Hollywoodbets Brand Ambassador, former Bafana Bafana captain Teko “The General” Modise, who is no stranger to being in the spotlight and is known for his stylish fashion.

“For me, I think this year is an improvement from last year, which is to be expected. I can see a lot of hard work and creativity that has gone into these designs and to some degree there has been a lot of interpretation of the theme. I am inspired every time I come here,”.

said Modise
Designer Krishan Ramdewu – PMB School of Fashion
Designer Olwethu Payi – DUT

“I like fashion and I like designers that push themselves. It was tough to choose the top 10 but it should be like that, it should not be easy. There were a couple of other designers who could easily have also made it – but unfortunately it was the top 10 that we selected and for those that made it, congratulations to them,”.

added the two-time South African Footballer of the Year

The preview show on 28 June 2024 is the highlight of the month-long build-up to the fashion extravaganza at the Hollywoodbets Durban July. The student designers will show off their creations alongside the Durban Fashion Fair Rising Stars and the HDJ Invited Designers at Gateway Theatre of Shopping; and then again in front of thousands of spectators at the race day on 06 July 2024, where all the winners of the various fashion competitions will be announced.

Designer Ndlozi Sineziwe – PMB School of Fashion

The student finalists are vying for a share of R100 000 worth of bursaries from the Hollywood Foundation for the top three students, as well as other valuable prizes from Gold Circle, Schweppes, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, and SA Fashion Week.

Designer Nduduzo Zwane – Lindiwe Khuzwayo Academy
Designer Siphesihle Mkhize – Umgungundlovu TVET

The ten finalists and the colleges they represent are:

  1. Fundiswa Bhengu – Esayidi Fashion School
  2. Ndlozi Sineziwe – PMB School of Fashion
  3. Nduduzo Zwane – Lindiwe Khuzwayo Academy
  4. Nontsikelelo Godlo – PMB School of Fashion
  5. Olwethu Payi – DUT
  6. Krishan Ramdewu – PMB School of Fashion
  7. Tamryn Price – Esayidi Fashion School
  8. Avuyile Sihlobo – DUT
  9. Siphesihle Mkhize – Umgungundlovu TVET
  10. Ayanda Zulu – Lindiwe Khuzwayo Academy