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Trend Report: SA Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013.

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With a new turn on the weather and high anticipation in the air, SAFW deserves its own standing ovation. Designers embraced their iconic, original aesthetic to pave the way for fashion leaders and retailers. With our diverse street style and cosmopolitan lifestyles, this season saw an emergence of pristine simplicity, natural sophisticated minimalism, sublime embellishments, subtle opulence and eclectic use of prints. With such iconic garments, why not take a peek to see which spring/summer trends suit you.

MonochroMAGIC _


Printed, spotted, striped and sequinned, this Spring/Summer 2013 had South Africa Fashion Week embracing and evolving the Monochromatic trend to another level. From Black Coffee, Gert-Johan Coetzee’s iconic, edgy, yet highly feminine gowns to Cutterier by Laz Yani’s serene, sensual and effortless pieces and Jacqueline Munsami – you’re bound to have at least three items created for your unique personality.

 Subtle Opulence _

Subtle Opulence

With a re-emergence for the versatile, effortless wardrobe designers pursued a sensual, subtle opulence with Womenswear. Silhouettes were relaxed and feminine, as models strode across the runway an inner bliss shone through. Details were refined and emphasis on interesting silhouettes and construction was realised through the fabric; soft, bouncy cottons, satin and draped chiffons. Garments accentuated the body with high, chic waistlines and asymmetric flounces.  Designers featuring this trend were:

Nature’s Bliss _

Nature's Bliss

Nature is mystified with expressive prints and dye techniques used onto lightweight, effortless, ethereal fabrics like satin, voile, chiffons, silk, linen, and knits. Joel Janse van Vuuren featured lightweight silk creations aweing the audience with feminine bliss, Sies! Isabelle evolved her effortless, versatile garments with a unique screen-printed signature for this season on soft satins and Vesselina Pentcheva made fantasy a romantic reality with angelic dresses and wedding gowns.

Conceptually Chic _

Conceptual and Chic

Customised and conceptual; Black Coffee and Clive Rundle’s creations were wearable art. From Black Coffee’s textural exploration through fabric and silhouette to Clive Rundle’s invigorating paint/ dye technique and Gert-Johan Coetzee edgy, provocative pieces – these designers took seasonal fashion to another level!

Refined and regal _

Refined and Regal

Refined and regal; designers Albertus Swanepoel, Lunar and Tiaan Nagel expressed serene sophisticated in their collections with garments made from soft tailored cottons, taffeta, sateen and linen – these designers gave garment construction another dimension.

White It Out _

White it Out

White was a major ‘palette’ this SAFW with Bianca Warren, Samantha Constable, Colleen Eitzen and Kottin & Twille, embracing its understated magic. With pleating, pin-tuck, drapery and tailoring – warm and cool whites are a timeless ‘must- have’ albeit casual, classic or conceptual.

Black Up _

Black Up

Minimalism is made timeless with the Black trend. Why not embrace that gothic, romantic, fierce colour in summer? Here’s how Colleen Eitzen, Gert-Johan Coetzee, Suzaan Heyns and Black Coffee captured it.

Menswear _


Menswear dominated SAFW from the ever-so-vibrant Dandysim trend with Skorzch, to tailored modernity with Palse Homme, sophistication with Ephymol and Row – G. Setting the tone for a ‘new’ metrosexual gentleman; these collections redefined menswear and had the gentlemen in anticipation for the upcoming spring/summer season!

Elegantly Green _

Elegantly Green

Green is going to be iconic this season from Loxion Kulca’s edgy, military take with street style vibrance, to Joel Janse van Vuuren’s sensual leafy green and Amanda Laird Cherry’s regal emerald. Green give way to a calmer, cooler and more vibrant spring/summer.

Streamlined & Sporty _

Streamline & Sporty

Sporty deluxe features subtle references to sportswear through streamlined, contrasting and casual silhouettes with a feminine touch as seen in TWO, Colleen Eitzen, Bianca Warren and Just.

Sheer &Sensual _

Sheer & Sensual

Sheer and layered – designers up-style the sheer trend with a refreshing twist as seen with Anmari Honiball, Black Coffee, Suzaan Heyns and Mej. Lues byHanri Lues. The use of organza, chiffons and netting is layered and intricately detailed with applique and embroidered detailing and refined, playful proportions.

Can’t wait to shop! What’s your favourite trend?

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