We’ve got all the hot pink trends – in the bum­bag

Hot off the AFI Fash­ion Week run­way: pants are re­laxed, colours are elec­tric and bags are belted


THE YOUNG, and those young at heart with a taste for street style cool, had am­ple op­por­tu­nity to fuel their de­sire for the lat­est trends for sum­mer at this year’s AFI Jo­han­nes­burg that took place at the trendy Mel­rose Arch last week.

Af­ter see­ing shows from lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers, we walked away from four fash­ion­filled days with a good idea of the trends we can ex­pect and shop this sum­mer.

The hottest and un­avoid­able colour trend is any­thing neon. It’s an ab­so­lute must-have. Whether it’s a pair of socks or a floor-length dress, neon colours are dom­i­nat­ing the sum­mer colour pal­ette. Acid greens and yel­low or shock­ing pinks and or­anges are the colours you can even work into your beauty looks. Think long elec­tric yel­low nails and shock­ing pink lips.

Not only did Matte Nolim make it clear that the chunky dad sneak­ers are here to stay, but high­lighted the neon trend with an acid green jacket and an A-line mini skirt, as well as a trench coat in the same green. Still on Nolim’s col­lec­tion, we are happy to see the re­turn of the A-line mini.

Men’s leisure and sports­wear de­signer, Ir­m­gard Mkha­bela, used neon threads to pat­terned seams on black span­dex tights.

His col­lec­tion in­cluded bright­ly­coloured cropped span­dex tops, as well as com­bat-in­spired bomber jack­ets. His over­sized back­packs are a trendy op­tion for the keen hiker.

The bum­bag is an­other trend that’s here to stay. But not in the same way we’ve seen it over the past year. For­get about the 90s-look­ing moon­bag worn across your chest. The moon­bag has evolved into a belt bag. We love how Ja­panese de­sign­ers 5-Knots ac­ces­sorised their luxe sport meets fem­i­nine flo­rals and sheers out­fits with lit­tle purses at­tached to pipelook­ing belts.

Max­hosa’s waist bag belts fea­tured chains and feath­ers. Mar­i­anne Fassler’s waist­bands in­cor­po­rated more dis­creet zipped pock­ets. These black belts cre­ated an Asian feel as they re­sem­ble the waist­bands worn by geishas.

As much as skin-tight leg­gings and jeans still have their place, we are see­ing more re­laxed and vo­lu­mi­nous trousers com­ing up. We love Matte Nolim’s baggy avo­green pleather pants: easy to dress up or down. Chi­nese de­signer An­tiarch showed a wide-legged take on the pin­stripe tuxedo pants. Im­print gave stonewashed denim a new look with his flared loos­e­fit­ting pants.

All pic­tures sup­plied

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