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.
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