Woolworths opened SAFW with this season’s StyleBySA collections which featured an inspiring showcase of the incredible fashion talent that exists in South Africa.
From the ready-to-wear collections of leading SA designers, slogan apparel with positive messages, to a collection of denim pieces that had been reimagined.
This season’s collection reflects a punctuation in South African history, spurring on the African futurism movement.
The premium retailer made a bold statement with slogan apparel that echoes the hope and positive attitude on the rise; street wear with subliminal messaging that reflects the increasingly positive topics of conversation on the streets. The concept showcases how clothing can be used as a powerful form of language.
The collaborative nature of these collections allows designers to leverage the reach and exposure of Woolworths to make their brands more accessible to local consumers and establish themselves as household names.
The StyleBySA collection by Rich Mnisi, Wanda Lephoto, Thebe Magugu, Young & Lazy and Sindiso Khumalo has seen these designers collaborate with Woolworths in creating the hottest international trends in a local context.
The results of this synergy are garments with powerful messages that question gender roles and ignite nostalgia.
In a pure expression of creativity, 80 one-off denim pieces were RE: imagined by top local designers
A new life was given to pre-loved denim pieces, through the hands of Thebe Magugu, Rich Mnisi, Young & Lazy, and Wanda Lephoto. This collection not only showed off the versatility of RE: Denim but also how fashion is never finished, and is a canvas for creativity.
Keeping things local, the leading South African beauty brand, WBeauty complemented each ensemble with unique looks in the season’s hottest colours and trends. This season’s colour palette gravitates towards the earthy warm tones of spice brights and chalky pastels. Glow – a matured, subdued take on holographic colour – is another trend from the runway that will evoke warmth and turn heads this winter. To find out more on the hottest colours and trends in beauty visit Wbeauty online.
The weather may be cooling down but the looks for the upcoming season are blazing hot!
If the FOMO’s got you good and you can’t wait to see more of these collections mark your calendars, the Style By SA AW18 collections will be available online on the evening of 24 April and in select Woolworths stores (Sandton, Rosebank, Centurion, Pavilion, and Canal Walk) from 25 April, so you can start planning that inevitable shopping spree.
ABOUT THE COLLECTIONS:
Edition, the brand of the “in crowd” and those who prefer to be noticed, are embracing the hottest trends to heat up the runway this winter. The big trends this season are velour, embroidery, checks and florals. We also see a revival of sport-luxe and red featuring prominently in the colour palette.
The collection features bold fabrics like plaid and velour and it embraces this season’s new range of hues including red, camel and khaki. Red takes centre stage in the striking trenches for women and sport-influenced trousers for men, with the other colours adding vibrancy to woven tops, skirts, crop pants and knit dresses.
David Jones is a brand of everlasting style, not fleeting trends. This is reflected in their upcoming collection, with timelessly classic winter staples in long-lasting fabrics with exquisite detailing. Expect a classic colour palette of burgundy, emerald, stone, navy, light blue and various shades of grey.
With an offering rich in vibrant hues, striking patterns and luxurious fabrics, Witchery’s AW18 collection is both highly functional and beautifully crafted, making high impact modern outfitting easy. April 2018 sees the launch of the Haute Heritage, Dark Romance and The New Mood collections while moving further into the season inspiration comes from the military with a more dramatic, moody colour palette.
Plus, to be expected, luxurious knitwear in premium yarns and structured outerwear build the corner stone of this high winter wardrobe, inspiring women to step out and enjoy some of the season’s most covetable trends.
Embrace winter this season with Country Road’s vibrant collection of bright hues and romantic florals. This year, it’s all about a positive stance on the crisp winter days, with beautiful knits and easy coats that allow for luxurious layering. Tap into the heritage trend with double-breasted jackets, soft knit trenches in pale pink and cable knits in bright red. Accessories work seamlessly with saddle-bags and print highlights.