Summer trends spotted on the runway

Cape Town Fashion Week has come and gone, it left behind some trends we need to look out for in Spring and Summer. It looks to be a fun season considering what we saw on the runway. Stay up to date with what’s cool with these pieces we noticed making an appearance more than once.

CROP TOPS
THE trend that we’ve been seeing everywhere from celebrities to retail stores is back again. This time, keep an eye on unique renditions of the crop top, such ones with long trains or classier shapes. The look was often paired with skirts before, which is a great look, but this year we’re also looking at trouser and crop top combinations. Balance is key in sporting this trend, the smaller the top, the longer the skirt or pants should be.

Selfi, Nicholas Coutts and W35T at Cape Town Fashion Week 2014. Photo by Simon Deiner/ SDR Photo
Selfi, Nicholas Coutts and W35T at Cape Town Fashion Week 2014. Photo by Simon Deiner/ SDR Photo

ASIAN INSPIRED SHAPES
Remember the kimono making an appearance in summer last year? It’s back too, well kind of, it’s Asian origin is what is making a huge imprint in trends this year. Wide-leg pants, big sleeves and clean lines featured in many shows at Cape Town Fashion Week. There were also designers that opted for a more harajuku influenced collection. The trend leans both ways then – making it easier for people with different styles to embrace it – clean and simple to flamboyant and colourful.

Akedo, Lazuli and Blanc at Cape Town Fashion Week 2014. Photo by Simon Deiner/ SDR Photo
Akedo, Lazuli and Blanc at Cape Town Fashion Week 2014. Photo by Simon Deiner/ SDR Photo

BY THE POOLSIDE
This may not be a very specific trend but here’s what you need to look for: anything you’d throw on over your swimsuit. Loose-fitting dresses, comfy pants, casual jumpsuits and kaftans, etc. Even better if there is sheer detailing. Marianne Fassler and W35T both showed collections with pieces that suit this ‘trend’ perfectly.

W35T, Marianne Fassler and W35T at Cape Town Fashion Week 2014. Photo by Simon Deiner/ SDR Photo.
W35T, Marianne Fassler and W35T at Cape Town Fashion Week 2014. Photo by Simon Deiner/ SDR Photo.

PASTELS AND WHITE
The colours and shades most used were whites, cream and pastels. This goes for both menswear and ladieswear.

Lazuli, Ruald Rheeder and Craig Port at Cape Town Fashion Week 2014. Photo by Simon Deiner/ SDR Photo.
Lazuli, Ruald Rheeder and Craig Port at Cape Town Fashion Week 2014. Photo by Simon Deiner/ SDR Photo.

What trends will you be getting into this summer?

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