SA’s top design talent was on display yet again at SA Fashion Week last week. Buyers, bloggers and fashionistas all marvelled over the fashion and grand setup at Sandton City, Johannesburg. SA Fashion Week really is a world class production and a wonderful place for local designer to showcase their collections to come for Spring/Summer 2019. Unlike other places in the world, the public can also attend the shows, so be sure to get your tickets next season.
The Equilibrio team attended all the women’s collections at SA Fashion Week. Here are the trends we spotted for the season ahead:
Red is a big international trend and has been around for one season already. This trend is bold but easy to pull off. Everyone has a favourite shade of red. Perhaps it is time to find yours.
This is also a trend that’s been big world-wide, in a way supporting the gender-neutral movement. Suits can be worn tailored or slightly oversized, and pair them with sky high heels or boyish sneakers.
CORAL & BURNT ORANGE
One of the biggest trends at this season’s SA Fashion Week was coral and orange. It is not surprising since Living Coral is the Pantone colour of the year. Orange can be a tricky colour to pull off. Find your shade and introduce it as an accent colour rather than a head-to-toe shade.
Want to know what hat to wear on your next beach holiday? We saw floppy hats (similar to a cricket hat or perhaps a gardening hat) at many of the shows. Be sure to match it to your outfit.
LILAC & LAVENDER
As predicted by Equilibrio, this 80’s hue is back! Also seen on international runways like Marc Jacobs. We saw lots of light purple on the SA Fashion Week runway, a colour that suits many different skin tones.
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Also a trend for winter, we saw various shades of neutrals layered over each other for summer. This is not the easiest trend to pull off. Use a shade that suits you between cream and camel and wear it layered from head-to-toe.
BLACK IS BACK
I guess black will always be around. But we saw more black than at recent Spring/Summer shows. No complaints here! It remains one of the staples of a lazy dresser like me. Wear your black outfit with tons of texture and bold shapes to make a statement.
(RELATED POST: Trendspotting at SA Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019)
All the above images are by Eunice Driver from Eunice Driver Photography for SA Fashion Week.
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SA Fashion Week Day 1 Mantsho by @palesamokubung STOLE THE DAY! . . This collection was pure genius. We can’t get enough of it. Our mouths hung open as one artwork after another came down the runway. Any woman will find her perfect garment in this collection. The last red dress with cargo pockets is mine! 💋
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SA Fashion Week Day 2: Erre and @birkenstockza . Erre’s show had wonderful splashes of colour and fringes and more casual pieces than usual. Very accessible. Also love the Cape Wools SA colab pieces. A stunning show as always! #safw #southafricanfashion #ss19 @errefashion @safashionweek
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