The Queen Regnant VDJ2017 Diary

VDJ2017- Another year, another Vodacom Durban July done!

My diary started quite early at the Hilton Durban this year- getting my hair and makeup done for VDJ2017 was a top priority. My dress was customised according to a Berta bridal creation that featured a cape, which seemed fitting to the #ColourOfMagic theme this year. I wore a headpiece for the first time in my life and I was terrified of tripping over the cape so I wore ballet pumps that were embellished with red lace trimmings that matched my ensemble. The look was tied together with a string of pearls, pearl stud earrings and a matching red clutch from Forever New.
Watching the fashion events and competitions earlier on, it was breathtaking knowing that there is such phenomenal talent in the hands and minds of South African fashion designers.

The interiors of the marquees at the VDJ2017 were amazing and the setup of the entire event itself was striking. We had the opportunity to catch up with a lot of people, celebrities and fellow Durbanites alike.

Here is Queen Regnant’s VDJ2017 diary in pictures, because we all know that a picture says a thousand words, and I could go on and on writing about my fabulous day, but that would be boring, so there! We had an awesome time tent-hopping (thanks to Gold Circle, #OpulentExperience and #SVR) and an even more fun time betting and enjoying the races.

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7:00am- Outfit Details.
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8:00am- Hair and Makeup.
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9:00am- On my way! #AudiSA
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10:00am- Fashion Preliminaries.
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10:30 am- Fashion Finals.
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10:45am- Jeannie D wearing KLúK CGDT.
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11:00am- Fashion Finalists.
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11:30am- Fashion finalists on stage.
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12:00pm- Winners were finally announced.
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12:30pm- Ayanda Thabethe brought sunshine along, dressed in Biji La Maison.
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1:00pm- Trying to stand on my tippy toes with the #ColourOfMagic mascots.
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2:00pm- Ran into my MCE Graeme Richards while placing bets. I won!
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2:45pm- Photo ops with Lalla at #VodacomRedTown.
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3:00pm- Lalla Hirayama wearing David Tlale.
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4:10pm- Gold Circle General Area for Race 7.
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5:35pm- Sorisha Naidoo wearing a dazzling Haroun Hansrot jumpsuit. Hands down, my favourite look this year.
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6:15pm- Catching Race 10 at SVR with my bestie.
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7:00pm- Dinner fit for a queen at SVR.
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8:00pm Lisa Modisane wearing this emerald creation from The Space. #OpulentExperience
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8:15pm- MiCasa performance at the #OpulentExperience.
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8:15pm- My ears were listening to MiCasa yet my eyes were on the candy table at #OpulentExperience.
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9:00pm- Joan Ramagoshi wearing Lungstar Creation. Our makeup and hairstyles were still intact after 12 hours thanks to Shirley Naidoo and her team at Hair Sensations in Hilton Durban.

The Durban July is always a crazy busy day and it often passes by in a whirlwind of admiring all the beautiful outfits and race day duties for me but it’s something I’m starting to look forward to every year. Counting down to 2018!