The ‘Out Of This World’ theme of this year’s Hollywoodbets Durban July, promises an extraordinary celebration of horseracing and fashion, with a special focus on inspiring and motivating students who have entered the Hollywoodbets Durban July Young Designer Awards.
The Young Designer Awards, an integral part of the Hollywoodbets Durban July Fashion Show, provides a platform for aspiring young talents to showcase their innovative designs and unleash their creative potential. With the ‘Out Of This World’ theme, these promising students are encouraged to explore the uncharted territories of fashion, blending futuristic elements and celestial influences to create groundbreaking and visionary collections. Hollywoodbets Foundation backs the initiative, by providing bursaries to the top three students who will be recognised for the inspiring designs this year.
The Hollywoodbets Durban July Fashion Show has always been a beacon of inspiration for emerging designers, and this year is no exception. By selecting the ‘Out of This World’ theme, the event aims to ignite the imaginations of young designers and push the boundaries of their creativity. The theme challenges them to think beyond traditional fashion norms, encouraging bold experimentation and out-of-the-box ideas.
In addition to showcasing their designs on the highly esteemed runway, participating students in the Young Designer Awards will have the opportunity to gain invaluable industry exposure, receive mentorship from seasoned fashion professionals and network with influential figures in the fashion world. The awards provide a launchpad for their careers, enabling them to gain recognition and make a mark in the industry.
The Hollywoodbets Durban July Young Designer Awards has once again proven to be a pivotal turning point in the lives of its former students, as they embark on successful careers in the fashion industry. This prestigious award has served as a catalyst, propelling these talented individuals towards remarkable achievements.
One such shining star is Ismael Mchunu, the winner of last year’s Young Designer Award attributes his victory to his willingness to take risks. The accompanying R50,000.00 bursary he won provided him with the motivation to complete his studies this year. Reflecting on his triumph, Mchunu expressed his gratitude, stating, “Receiving the bursary prize last year was an incredible blessing. The financial support enabled me to pursue my studies, especially during the challenging registration period at the beginning of the year. I am sincerely grateful to Hollywoodbets for making my journey easier.”
In addition to the bursary, Mchunu was given the opportunity to attend SA Fashion Week this year, where he met renowned designers, brands and sponsorship companies. This experience has fueled his determination to work diligently and complete his studies, while also expanding his network within the industry. Last year’s recognition as the best young designer has brought Mchunu wider exposure and elevated his brand’s profile. He describes winning the competition as a transformative experience that has propelled his career forward.
Similarly, second runner-up Slindile Ndlovu experienced the life-changing impact of winning the R30,000.00 bursary prize from Hollywoodbets. The funds allowed her to cover her second-year university fees, purchase a sewing machine and invest in her collection. Winning the award not only supported her studies but also opened doors to new job opportunities. Ndlovu recalls, “My win inspired me to have confidence in my abilities and pursue a successful career. People started believing in me and becoming my customers.”
Nhlanhla Dlamini, the third runner-up, received a bursary prize of R20,000.00, which alleviated her financial burden and enabled her to settle outstanding university fees. Winning the competition also brought significant awareness to her brand, garnering attention from various individuals and small businesses. Dlamini remarks, “The competition has allowed more people to recognise my talent and understand what I bring to the table.”
As the 2023 Young Designer Award approaches, former winners share their advice for aspiring participants. Ismael Mchunu encourages entrants to plan ahead, conduct thorough research and have confidence in their designs. He advises, “Think out of this world and create something extraordinary. Embrace maximalism and let your imagination soar beyond the boundaries of traditional fashion. This year’s theme, ‘Out of This World,’ presents a unique opportunity to explore uncharted territories and unleash your creativity.”
Slindile Ndlovu emphasises the importance of passion and self-belief, urging young designers to love what they do, stay focused and trust themselves. She offers her best wishes to the young designers of 2023, highlighting the long and rewarding journey they are embarking on.Lastly, Nhlanhla Dlamini encourages participants to embrace the experience, regardless of the outcome. She reminds them to believe in their ability to achieve greatness and seize the opportunity to learn and grow.
The Hollywoodbets Durban July Young Designer Award continues to be a launchpad for aspiring designers, providing financial support, industry exposure and invaluable networking opportunities. This renowned competition not only celebrates creativity but also empowers young talent to reach new heights in their careers.
The Hollywoodbets Durban July 2023 is set to captivate attendees with a mesmerising showcase of celestial-inspired collections, electrifying performances and immersive experiences. The event serves as a powerful reminder that the future of fashion lies in the hands of the next generation of designers, pushing boundaries and driving the industry forward.The public can look forward to seeing exquisite raceday outfits inspired by this year’s “Out Of This World” theme.The Hollywoodbets Durban July will be run at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday, 1 July 2023.