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12 ”HauTe Trends” To Know: SA Fashion Week [Spring/Summer 2011]

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Evidently, we can’t get enough of Fashion Weeks in Africa, the recently concluded SA Fashion Week left us asking for more. We were drooling over the pieces and the sartorial bliss dished out on the runway; the models were stunning as per usual, the styling for most of the designers was certainly beyond natural and of course the designers pull their weights leaving everyone far beyond impressed. We spotted a number of trends in those 3 days of SA Fashion Week and thought we’d share you 12 Top Trends from the shows.


Dresses et Trousers:

There is wearing dresses and there is pairing trousers with tees, blouses and such but at SA Fashion Week, they upset the status quo and paired dresses with trousers; think Indian Kaftans meet high fashion.

L-R { MantshoAmanda Laird Cherry}


– Easy Breezy Beautiful

Pieces with swinging tails as seen below. Nothing too wedding-ey just stylish pieces with a little movement and length attached the lower end of the back giving it a bit of a swing with movement.

L-R { Rubicon – Joel Janse van Vuuren}

– Code: MIDI

Ditch the minis and maxis, Midis have taken over.. as seen as Christopher Strong and Black Coffee below


L-R {Christopher Strong – Black Coffee}


This is has been such a huge trend for a couple of years now and it keeps recurring on the runway, and NO, we are not mad at that. Love us some high-shine!

L-R {Black CoffeeGugulam}

Meshy Situation

Mesh, Mesh and More mesh; don’t fail to exaggerate with mesh this season. P.S Mesh was also a big trend during AMFW in Lagos.

L-R {GugulamRubicon}

Drawstrings and Ribbons

Skinny Belts and Obis are long gone, rock on Ribbons. Draw Strings. Tassels, they are apparently a lot cooler than we thought. We are particularly loving the drawstring on that Nude Lunar number below.

L-R {MantshoLunar}


Ombre Silk Dyeing

Lush Much? We thought so.. We love the richness and femininity that encompasses these, monochromatic colours in dye. YUM! As seen at Joel Vanse van Vuuren and Lunar below

L-R {Joel Janse van Vuuren – Lunar}


Nothing beats being a standout in the summer with Neutral tones when everyone is sporting bright colours. SA Fashion Week taught us a lesson or two about Neutral tones. See below.

L-R {Leigh Schubert – Colleen Eitzen}

70’s Glam

Forget whatever you’ve heard about Boho Fashion or the 70s, Bohemian-isnpired blouses, high waisted wide-leg trousers and such are big at the moment, this fact was further emphasized during SA Fashion Week.

L-R {Kottin & Twille – Mabu}

Sheer Factor

Just like mesh, sheer is starting to gain the upper hand (Trend Wise); NYFW, AMFW, JFW and now SAFW overdosed on sheer without attempting to look trampy, certainly no harm in showing some skin. We love it.

L-R {Clive Rundle – Hoiden}

– It’s Black, It’s White

We love how Black and White gained grounds during SA Fashion Week, particularly how Hoiden and Gert Johan Coetzee made the combination look so glam.

L-R {HoidenGert Johan-Coetzee}


We are very pleased that we don’t have to wait till winter to bring Fur-Drama to the streets, we’ll have some Feathers please, for summer. In all stunningness, we promise feather looks fancier when its a detail on the outfit.

L-R {Smarteez – Elme Bekker}

+++ For pictures from ALL the shows during SA Fashion Week, see HERE

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