But the real party at the Greyville Racecourse was in the Afrotainment marquee with the hottest line-up of Reason, Daliwonga, Dladla Mshunqisi, DJ Zinhle, Reece Madlisa and Zuma as well as Q Twins.
When it came to the fashion Dlamini opted for a simple floral cocktail dress by Jessica Jane Molebatsi. The Queen actor Nkosi shimmered in Roberto Scholtz.
Thulo and Madida also rocked gold numbers from Ryan Keys.
Following this year’s dress code of “show me the honey” in a gold beaded Orapeleng Modutle gown, Seete suited up in a tailored Scalo two-piece.
“The look was inspired by honey, of course. I was completely obsessed with the Roberto Scholtz interpretation of the theme. He nailed it for me because I feel like I brought the honey and more. The material he used literally looked and felt like honey,” Nkosi said.
Zola Nombona donned a monochrome design paying homage to soccer team Orlando Pirates’ 85th anniversary.
The dress was designed by Craig Jacobs under his label Fundudzi.
“It was my first Durban July and it felt so great being there and wearing a dress that has so much meaning. Eighty-five years of Pirates being in the game is such a beautiful milestone, especially for one of SA’s most iconic clubs,” Nombona said.
“The club is a part of the DNA of South African soccer and having to champion that makes me feels so special and seen.
“When I first saw the dress my jaw dropped. Working with Craig Jacobs was a thought-provoking experience. Our creative energy worked so well together.
“We wanted the dress to bridge the gap between fashion and sustainability – most of the material of the dress is recyclable.”