As we start to step out responsibly, it is worth stepping out of it in style. This year’s South African Fashion Week saw the classic catwalk seamlessly adjusted to suit the current global setting with a fully digital experience. We love these seven trends from SA Fashion Week 2020 (SAFW).
From robust Tees to sophisticated off-the-shoulder cuts and from pastel pinks to patchworks, this year’s SAFW captivated the senses and reignited the imagination.
From the politically motivated to the picturesque, thought-provoking Tees stole the show in a few collections.
Research Unit, Ezokheto, and Boyd featured tees with stark white on black contrasts, while Lucent played with color. Pair these up with a skirt or trousers of the same color for a bold monochromatic look. Or dress it down by combining these tees with bottoms of the opposite color for a more casual black and white look.
Choose between woven knits or sleek silks, off-the-shoulder designs gave a sophisticated flair to the whole affair.
EKTA featured softer drapings overlaying fitted undergarments, while Judith Atelier showcased whimsical woven designs of royal blue and violet. Pair these great shirts with flowing bottoms in complementary colors to get an additional wow factor.
From azure to aqua, it was all shades of blue celebration.
The classic suit was reimagined in pastel hues by Franc Ellis, Mmuso Maxwell, and Cindy Mfabe for both men and women. Exaggerated pockets by Franc Ellis, extravagant silk bows by Gert-Johann Coetzee, and high collars by Cindy Mfabe added delightful details. Pair these beautiful blues with sassy black, white, or more blue to make your outfit pop.
The stark contrast of black and white was communicated loud and clear in many of the collections, from petticoat mini-skirts by Cindy Mfabe to dramatic skirt flairs by Ezokheto and Lunar. Muted tones ensured that the tailoring did all the talking. Channeling chic Cruella Devil, the Bam Collective included elegant gloves and cascading cut-aways. Get on this trend by rounding it off with shoes and accessories.
With a range of hues from blush to rose, pops of pink were prominent throughout a few collections. Combine your pinks with bold patterns and accent with black, white, and earth colors to make them pop.
The Waist Coat
The perfect overlay garment, the waist coast, was reimagined. From fur to denim, in both structured and flowing styles, it incorporates seemingly into your wardrobe. Pair with a maximum of two colors to highlight this stylish look.
Blocks of color were styled in montage forms in various collections featuring patchworks.
Gugu by Gugu’s collection showcased playful child-like hues. Complemented by finely woven mohair elements, adds a rich texture to the garments.
Xavier Sadan and Maklele incorporated hardier textures in denim and khaki patchwork. Patchwork styles are real examples of the joy of freedom in fashion. Match these up with accessories such as hats, bags, or sunglasses.
After SAFW, it’s abundantly clear that these designers have raised the bar and boosted expectations for the next exciting installment. From denim darlings to minimalist monochromes, various trends have reignited our passion for fashion. Let’s step out in style!