Clive Rundle Spring/Summer 2019 collection.

South African Fashion Week (SAFW) Spring/Summer 2019 saw a flurry of fabulous clothes being paraded down the runway as some of the country’s top designers showed off their latest luxury collections.

Here are five major fashion trends that we spotted during the SAFW shows that we absolutely loved — and you will too!

1. SHEER BRILLIANCE

We adore the way see-through fabrics add a hint of sex appeal to even the most sophisticated looks.

In their Spring/Summer 2019 collections, designers Clive Rundle and Gert-Johan Coetzee took sheers to the next level by teaming them with pleats and ruffles.

The result? A great play of texture and volume that adds interest and allure to an outfit.

Gert-Johan Coetzee Spring/Summer 2019 collection.

Gert-Johan Coetzee Spring/Summer 2019 collection. 
Image: SAFW/Eunice Driver

Clive Rundle Spring/Summer 2019 collection.

Clive Rundle Spring/Summer 2019 collection. 
Image: SAFW/Eunice Driver

2. BELT IT OUT

Fabric bands and leather belts were used to cinch in the waist of suit blazers, jumpsuits and oversized shirts. We were particularly enamoured by the designs that featured built-in belts.

Gert-Johan Coetzee Spring/Summer 2019 collection.

Gert-Johan Coetzee Spring/Summer 2019 collection. 
Image: SAFW/Eunice Driver

Judith-Atelier Spring/Summer 2019 collection.

Judith-Atelier Spring/Summer 2019 collection. 
Image: SAFW/Eunice Driver

3. HATS OFF

Bucket hats and fisherman hats – a less rigid bucket hat – featured in almost every collection, officially making them the new wardrobe staple for this spring and summer.

Thebe Magugu Spring/Summer 2019 collection.

Thebe Magugu Spring/Summer 2019 collection. 
Image: SAFW/Eunice Driver

Sefli Spring/Summer 2019 collection.

Sefli Spring/Summer 2019 collection. 
Image: SAFW/Eunice Driver

4. COLUMNS OF COLOUR

The impact of a monotone ensemble cannot be understated. It’s strikingly elegant, figure flattering and as an added bonus, wearing a single colour top-to-toe makes you look taller!

Mmuso Maxwell Spring/Summer 2019 collection.

Mmuso Maxwell Spring/Summer 2019 collection. 
Image: SAFW/Eunice Driver

Amanda Laird Cherry Spring/Summer 2019 collection.

Amanda Laird Cherry Spring/Summer 2019 collection. 
Image: SAFW/Eunice Driver

Mantsho Spring/Summer 2019 collection.

Mantsho Spring/Summer 2019 collection. 
Image: SAFW/Eunice Driver

Amanda Laird Cherry Spring/Summer 2019 collection.

Amanda Laird Cherry Spring/Summer 2019 collection. 
Image: SAFW/Eunice Driver


5. JUST RELAX

Relaxed silhouettes make for an easy and cool look. The success of pulling off this look is layering separates in a single colour, paying special attention to proportion. 

Lunar Spring/Summer 2019 collection.

Lunar Spring/Summer 2019 collection. 
Image: SAFW/Eunice Driver

Amanda Laird Cherry Spring/Summer 2019 collection.

Amanda Laird Cherry Spring/Summer 2019 collection. 
Image: SAFW/Eunice Driver

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