Trends from the runway
The 4th annual Soweto Fashion Week held last weekend showcased trending spring looks, by local designers.
Here’s our top 5 favorite runway picks that stole the show.
Showing off some skin this summer should still incorporate elegance and class. Using lace detail on the more formal dresses, designers effortlessly brought sexy and elegance together.
- Navy Blue
Navy Blue is pretty much the new black. It worked well on the runway, compliments black skin and works well with anything.
- Leather carry bags
As an accessory, for both men and women, a leather carry bag is a statement. As seen on the runway, the bags compliment any look, as well as epitomizes the attitude of a go getter. Worn as a clutch bag, or hand bag, if its leather, you are in season
- ¾ Trouser length
Seen mostly in the male pieces, trousers that go all the way to the ankle are not for this season. Paired with colorful, printed socks, it’s all about showing the socks and shoes off.
- African print fabric
A striking and complimenting design, that works as a head wrap or a dress was seen though out the shows. African prints debuted in 2015, and designers only stepped it up, by creating unique pieces using the African print material.
Stephen Manzini founded the Soweto Fashion Week concept as a way for Soweto based designers and models to showcase their talent. “It took a while for people to understand what a concept such as fashion week was about because people from the township always thought such events are for the rich and famous, “he said. Through a partnership with Darling Hair, Manzini said the Soweto Fashion Week has grown from strength to strength. ” It’s a fitting partnership because we are all for empowering communities. As a result, this year over 1500 delegates were at the event, which is a big jump from a total of 10 attendees in 2011, said Manzini.
May 2017, Soweto Fashion Week will again host local designers and models as they showcase winter looks. A second show for autumn and summer trends coming next year is set to take place in November (2017).