Hollywoodbets Durban July: Last-minute expert shopping tips

Hollywoodbets Durban July: Last-minute expert shopping tips

The Hollywood Durban July is one of the biggest fashion affairs on the social calendar. After all, South Africa’s premier horse-racing event is all about opulence and extravagance.

And like many revellers, a day at the races means standing out from the crowd in unique – yet practical – looks.

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hollywoodbets–durbanjuly-2023-theme”>HOLLYWOODBETS  DURBAN JULY: 2023 THEME

The Hollywoodbets Durban July takes place on Saturday, 1 July 2023, at the Greyville Racecourse. According to the official site, this year’s theme is “Out  Of This World.”

A description of the theme reads: “The theme for the 2023 event hints at the stargates, which transports one into a mysterious world far beyond our imagination.

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Designers participating in this year’s Hollywoodbets DJ invited Designer Showcase Picture: Pixabay.com

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“Africa’s Greatest Horseracing Event will feature a stellar line up of top equines, a star-studded cast of punters, celebrities and designers at play, coupled with entertainment and hospitality on a cosmic scale”.


If you’re going to be attending the Hollywoodbets Durban July, you will need to have a fashion plan in mind. And what better advice than from veteran event designer Leigh Schubert.

Speaking to The South African, Leigh shared her last-minute fashion tips for Durban July revellers…

  • Either wear sensible shoes – or have backups! Nothing stylish about a wobbly uncomfortable woman in stilettos!
  • Bring a wrap or jacket – it gets chilly when the sun goes down, and being cold isn’t “hot.” 
  • Accessories or hats are what are the most striking and easy to spot. Get crafty, whip out your glue gun, and combine some bits and bobs together. Use an Alice band, beanie, or old peak as a base… pick a colour theme and haul out your old costume jewellery, kids toys, silk flowers, or honey spoons, and create your masterpiece!
  • If you’re shopping for last-minute Durban July fashion, have a lookout on socials for any one-off pieces and accessories that boutiques and designers have sourced or made. 

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