Friday, 11 January 2013

Trend Report :2013 African Fashion Trends

So its goodbye 2012, and welcome 2013 fashion trend summary. Here you have it: The Top 10 Trends of Spring/Summer ’13, straight from the runways of Cape Town, Gaborone, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Lagos and Swahili… a very Happy New Year for your wardrobe, indeed!
1. Colours
There’s a kaleidoscope of shades to be seen in this Spring but so long as you come pink, peach, orange, lemon, white or blue, you’ll have no problems getting in with the ‘in’ crowd. Just see Ruald Rheeder, Stefania Morland or Brigitte Merki for lemon-spiration, or look to Bisma Ahmed – B’zma, Christie Brown or Emmy Collins for ways to wear white.

2. One Shouldered
Asymmetry is a wall flower’s best friend – it can be done dramatically a la Gilded Sands, or slight and subtle like at Hip-Hop. However you divide your style for Spring – to stand out and keep cool, make sure you put your best arm forward in a one-shouldered dress. It’s the new season way to show skin.
3. Peplums
You saw and you liked them but this season, you’ll love them, so if you haven’t already adopted a peplum – the figure-flattering, flab-forgiving form-phenomenon of 2012 – then let 2013 be your year. They appeared all over African runways (from Mi-Le to Mina Evans and Odio Mimonet and more) and the one thing i love about them is they sure know how to hide your tummy. lol!! Shoutout to my friend n Client Bisi she is a peplum lover.

4. Prints
There’s no denying it – women love prints. And when the rest of the world decides not to love them anymore, African women will love them still. So, wear them with pride, ladies – colour-blocked, matched, clashing or solo! just be happy in them.
5. Ruffles
Sigh. Ruffles – was there ever a more romantic detail?  It seems there’s nothing Ruffles can’t sexify! But however you like it (graceful and sweet like Mina Evans or quirky like David Tlale) just make sure to leave others in a ruffle, like yours. It’s the new pretty, for where and however you like it.
Seriously – there was no escaping the sexy, sheer sections in African collections for Spring/Summer; peek-a-boo panels, leave-little-to-the-imagination-layers and basically ‘boobs-out’ bodices were all the rage,  But wowzers, they were wonderful (especially at Selfi, Bridget Awosika, Tart and Gavin Rajah) so I would work your way into one… If I were you, of course.
7. Shorts
Shorts for work, shorts for fun, shorts for lounging in and shorts for night – the runways at African Fashion Weeks saw shorts for days. Gavin Rajah’s dazzled, Lucky Creations’ were printed and Jewel by Lisa’s came matched up, so the rules are: There are no rules – just get your legs out to be ‘in’ this Spring.
8. Splits
A side-split number, crafted to showcase your thighs (or at least, your favourite one) with a flattering thigh-high cut. Whether you side step the lace skirting shown at Alali Boutique, go short like Jewel by Lisa or oriental like Mimi Lee London, swish yourself into a side split and wow the crowds with your style. And moisturise, please – this is fashion.
9. Sports
  For winning this style trend, play the game – your wardrobe will thank you come Summer. lol!!
 The V-neck is our new wardrobe V.I.P; Very Important Piece lol!! for Spring/Summer ’13 – that is according to Alter Ego, Stefania Morland and Emmy Collins, anyway.

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